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Bruce Wilson

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Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #525 on: August 21, 2023, 09:33:39 AM »
I have a vague recollection of a pair of railings having been found in the engine house on the Ramsdell Farm. All these years later, I don't remember actually seeing them. I thought there was some discussion about them however.
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Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #526 on: August 21, 2023, 02:47:01 PM »
Flat car #126 was built with some of the metal components from Edaville open excursion car #202.

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« Reply #527 on: August 21, 2023, 07:41:15 PM »
Let's not forget WW&F flatcar No. 118, the first car our Museum restored 30 years ago.  All new wood, with metal components from the original car.  Here's an August 14th, 1993 photo of the restored car.  A fine start to our shop craftsmen's now well established reputation of fine car restoration and new construction.


Looking forward to coach No. 9's completion and coach No. 3's future restoration.
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« Reply #528 on: August 22, 2023, 11:30:17 AM »
Ahhhhhhh....the early years.  This area sure looks alot different now and the mainline had not yet reached Davis Curve.   This was at about the time of the transition from the Sheepscot Valley Railroaders to the WW&F Railway Museum.  Lest we forget.....you cannot know where you are going until you know where you've been. 

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« Reply #529 on: August 22, 2023, 02:11:10 PM »
I've been going every since I've been to the railroad!

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« Reply #530 on: August 22, 2023, 05:47:51 PM »
I've been going every since I've been to the railroad!
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Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #531 on: August 26, 2023, 08:16:38 PM »
The shop bay 4 door was open today, so I was able to take a few photos.

Along with much of the exterior of the coach, the exterior of the two car doors have received the Epifanes epoxy primer.  I understand the doors will be lightly sanded before the final paint coats are applied.


Early in the day, before time to assemble the day's train, Eric Schade inspected the car's roof for any imperfections in the roof soldered joints.  (Eric served as brakeman on today's public trains.)  Minor repairs will be made as needed before the roof is primed.


Later in the day, Harold Downey was busy installing the safety glass in one of the car's window sashes.  Four done as of completion of this sash; many more to go.
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Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #532 on: August 27, 2023, 08:19:19 PM »
Eric:can you reuse safety glass from storm doors? I have a couple of panes and could bring them FWW.
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Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #533 on: August 28, 2023, 12:12:31 PM »
Kevin, sorry it is not possible to re-cut tempered safety glass.  We appreciate the offer.

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« Reply #534 on: February 28, 2024, 07:39:39 PM »
We have encountered a set back. The siding on the coach is a tongue and groove board with a small V on the face to make it look like two boards. A couple years ago we installed it without any thought to paint.

We now have 4 coats of primer and two coasts of color on it. We are in bay 4 which is heated in winter so a very dry condition. We have started to see cracks in the siding.


After hours of agonizing thought and discussion we have decided to take the hit now and replace the siding. Our next step would be the addition of gold and black decoration on the siding which is going to be quite expensive both for material and labor. We know the expansion and shrinking will continue over the life of the siding.

We made a couple mistakes here. First we should have applied primer to both sides of the boards before we installed them. This would have helped to reduce the swelling and shrinking of the siding. Our second mistake was to use a white primer under a very dark final color. If we had used a dark primer the shrinking would not have exposed a white line.

So we have ordered new siding and today began removing the old.



When we apply the new siding we will be cutting the boards to length and applying primer to both sides then at least one color coat before we hang the boards. This should give us a much better paint finish because we will be doing it on a flat bench.

The material is ordered and promised for three weeks delivery. We have many other jobs to work on in the mean time so  it wont be a big hit to finishing.

And in a minor improvement to historical accuracy, Harold counted the planks in the black and white photo of the original #3 and determined we should be using 4" wide planks. So we gain some accuracy.


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Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #535 on: February 28, 2024, 09:23:03 PM »
I am glad to see this. It would have been tough to keep the car looking nice with the checking. I painted the tongue on the tongue and groove I used on some exterior doors I built 20 years ago. Still look good today. It takes more time but looks better longer..
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Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #536 on: February 29, 2024, 08:42:22 AM »
How about painting the end grain as well? That should help with end checking.

Will the old siding be useful for another coach?
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Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #537 on: February 29, 2024, 09:35:53 AM »
We will be painting the end grain as well as the back, but thanks for the note.

The old siding was glued on, so it is coming off very hard. Its most likely use will be for locomotive kindling. It is a shame, but there is just no non-destructive  way to get it  off.
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