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Messages - Harold Downey

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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 09, 2020, 02:40:00 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. 

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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?  :)

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 16, 2020, 08:10:03 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?

 

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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.

Harold

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coat hooks

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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)

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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.  https://ark.digitalcommonwealth.org/ark:/50959/k930dz168

Great quality photographs, with high resolution scans.

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 04, 2020, 08:43:33 PM »
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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. :)

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 04, 2020, 06:10:05 PM »
Yup, I'm still in Texas.  I completed the doors (two of them), here's a couple of pix:








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Work and Events / Re: WCSH's '207' visits the WW&F
« on: March 03, 2020, 04:18:17 PM »
Wow, that was an impressive segment!   

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Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: March 01, 2020, 11:03:04 AM »
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Mike Fox: I grabbed a shot of Carlos working on the repair for the big riveter today.

And in the foreground a sneak peak at the vacuum brake controller.   :)

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 28, 2020, 10:58:20 PM »
Stephen - they have q-sawn oak, but only in 4/4" thickness.  The selection in 4/4 is great.   In the rift sawn stacks of 6/4 and 8/4, I have been able to select what I need that is effectively q-sawn.  I should ask for a discount, because the folks that want true rift sawn don't want the rays, so what I take would not normally be desired. 

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 27, 2020, 07:06:31 PM »
Merci, Alain!

Thanks Bernie.   I do eat and sleep.  ;)  Actually I spend on average about a half a day out in the shop every day that I can.  I recorded about 300 hours for the114 window sashes, coming to about 2-3/4 hours each.   I admit that this job became a serious grind.  Each operation takes hours, since there are so many parts.    For the last 23 days, to glue up three windows, clean up the three from the day before, check and fit the parts for the next day's glue-up of three, and then final sanding three, took almost 3-3/4 hours per day.   And that's nearly all I did each day on this job.    That was a slog; every day the same thing.   

Just picked up the wood for the two doors and their respective windows today.   There's an odd market for white oak.  The rage in architecture today is to use rift sawn white oak, which is grain about 30-60 degrees from vertical.  That gives a very linear grain, and no rays that you see in quarter sawn.   So for the door which will be 1-3/8" thick, I had to pick through the rack of rift sawn oak looking  for the few pieces that are actually closer to quarter sawn.  Without the demand for all the rift sawn oak, they wouldn't carry anything in that thickness.   This job should be more enjoyable -- only two doors and four windows!  And I know how to do the windows. 

Oh, and I won't be there for SWW this April.   I don't think the windows will be needed that soon.    I also want to complete the salon (toilet) walls and door as well.    Then I should have a big enough load to justify the drive again.   Or maybe I will just crate it all up and ship it freight. 

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 26, 2020, 11:35:27 PM »
It's acting weird.  I can't see them in incognito window, but can as guest in normal chrome window.  Let me try to fix it another way.   Sorry about that.

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 26, 2020, 10:22:06 PM »
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In the first photo, the edges of the boards are painted. Did they come that way, or did you mark them?

Jeff S.

Jeff, that's how they came from the lumber supplier.  They paint the ends to keep them from checking (drying and cracking from the ends).

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