Track Updates . . .
The last three months have continued the busy level of work at the museum. The track crew has continued is push to connect the second track to the double track at the south end. Ties have been placed in the remaining approximately 300 feet of rail with only about 50 feet on one side left to spike. Tree trimming has started to allow the line car to come down the track in the next few months to hang the remaining overhead wire.
The shop during this same period has replaced the standard gauge trucks on the El Paso car with Baltimore gauge shop truck, re-gauged one Philadelphia PCC and are half way through re-gauging the snow sweeper. This is about one car a month, quite an accomplishment. The re-gauging of the PCC was done with while the car was sitting on four track, the truck were never removed from under the car. In the case of the sweeper, the car had to be jacked up, the trucks rolled out and taken to the 22nd shops to have the axels replaced with ones that were re-gauged to Baltimore gauge. While the trucks were out the motor armatures were removed and sent to be checked, baked and painted, prior to being installed on the new axles. With the wheels moved out to Baltimore gauge, new offset brake shows were cast and installed on the truck. Once the re-gauging of the sweeper is complete, the line crew will install overhear trolley wire trough at the front of track four and then run wire from the existing end of four track wire to the car house, this will replace the temporary wire that was put up.
The Falls Road side of the car house now has a set of rose bushes. Another update was the addition of full size murals on each of the car house roll doors, each showing one of the museum’s streetcars, it will be hard to miss our musem when driving south on Falls road when we are closed.
While it is had to believe, the Visitors Center is getting to be an old building, and as such, a number of major maintenance items need to be done. One has been completed, we now have a brand new roof, which should address the numerous leaks that had developed over the years. A temporary fix to the air conditioning system was also completed, ensuring a cool place when you come to visit this summer.
the PCC is back on the pick with a problem in its traction motor
control circuit. At this point the entire resistor assemble will have
to be removed for repair, not a quick fix.
crew continues to work on car 417.
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