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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 15, 2021, 07:30:03 PM »
They did a 45 deg cut, then two passes at 22.5 degrees on the table saw.  Followed up with jack plane to bring down the peaks.  Finally, sanding with a form at the correct radius. 

ETA:  That clear douglas fir makes some real pretty corner posts. 

Museum Discussion / Re: NG Freight Car Construction - Tech Question
« on: July 26, 2020, 07:06:54 PM »
Tom, it isn't a simple answer.  A good example is that on the recently restored tank car. Titled: "B&SR Tank 14 - Official Restoration Thread."  If you go through that thread there are some good pictures that should show what you want.  Also look for previous threads about flat car restoration.  There have been a couple. 

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 24, 2020, 06:05:35 PM »
The sills were special order clear douglas fir from Viking lumber.  They had the wood shipped from the west coast, then milled at their location.

Volunteers / Re: 2019 Volunteer Hours
« on: July 07, 2020, 09:32:12 AM »

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 22, 2020, 06:42:07 PM »
Ted, you must be referring to the Salon (as shown on the J&S drawings).  It is definitely still there in #3, just no fixtures.  We are planning on replicating it exactly for coach 9.

AUCTIONS / Re: Maine 2 Foot Forney (kit)
« on: June 04, 2020, 05:12:24 PM »
I estimate the cab width to be 1-5/8", and actual scale about 81", which works out to 49.8:1.   Sounds like O scale. 

Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 09, 2020, 01:40:00 PM »
Yeah, that turntable is not doing any settling or warping.  You should have seen all the concrete in its foundation.  It's like an iceberg, only a fraction of it is visible above ground.  The foundation goes below the frostline, which in this part of Maine is about 4 feet. 

The Rangeley has shades also.  There we have proof of both curtain valences with shades.  I think it makes the case that the rings on the B&H coach were probably for decorative curtains or valences like the Rangeley.    Do we have too much time on our hands, or what?  :)

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 16, 2020, 07:10:03 PM »
One of these boards is not like the other  ....  You have to sing it.  :)

Really, what's with the yellowish board that is narrower than the others?


Oh, yes, there are many pages of fixtures.  It's a gold mine.  Lots of things like window lifts and catches, window shades,  the metal racks that mount above the windows, lighting, bath fixtures.  There are the exact window lifts used on coach 3, for instance.   

Search google for car builders dictionary, and they have online scans of many years of them.


coat hooks

Nice idea to check period passenger car fixtures.  This is out of the 1909 Car Builders Dictionary.   A&W reference is Addison and Westlake. 

First - curtain rod items, second picture is hat and coat hooks.   

It's not definitive, but based on these I say they are curtain rod fixtures.

Correction:  that's Adams and Westlake... (thanks Keith)

Yes, that is definitely coach 3.  All the details are correct.  Still has hat racks and shades; the ceiling has been painted white, the center lighting is gone.

Here is an exterior shot that sure looks like #3 as well - nice that it shows the original steps/platform.

Great quality photographs, with high resolution scans.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 04, 2020, 07:43:33 PM »
The door seems narrow - is it the camera distorting the image somewhat?

The camera does make it look narrow, but it is certainly not wide.  21-7/8" to be exact.   Not quite up to ADA standards, I'm sure. :)

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 04, 2020, 05:10:05 PM »
Yup, I'm still in Texas.  I completed the doors (two of them), here's a couple of pix:

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