Article From the Fall 2002 Issue of


The Journal of the New York Museum of Transportation

SHOP REPORT by Charlie Lowe

Hornell Traction Co. 34: Additional work on this carís shop truck, including proper longitudinal supports for the car body and strengthening of the frame, has recently been performed. All is in readiness for Matthews Building Movers to place the car on its shop truck.

New York State Railways, Rochester & Eastern 157: Repair work on this carís Baldwin trucks was completed in August by Don Quant and Jim Dierks. A steel angle was bolted onto the transverse frame member on each truck bent slightly during the July movement of the trucks, bringing the attached brake rigging back into alignment. Work then proceeded on giving both trucks a coat of black paint to both arrest any ongoing rusting and to make a better presentation to the public. Very little original paint remained on these trucks but it seemed to be gray in color. Motor leads have been inspected and knuckle joint cable connectors have been soldered onto the appropriate cables. On October 24, 2002, Bob Miner piloted L-3 and brought 157ís new trucks inside for placement under the car. On 157 itself, considerable effort was put in by Charlie Lowe, Tony Mittiga, Randy Bogucki, and Gary Morse removing the old bolster bearing plates and several rusted-in mounting bolts. Bearing plates that came with the Baldwin trucks were modified to fit 157ís bolsters by Charlie, and bolster areas that will be difficult to reach once the trucks are in place have been painted black. Unlike most surviving steeltrolley cars, 157 is almost completely rust-free, thanks to its long-time (1932 to 1970) use as a cottage supported by an elevated foundation.
       Charlie Lowe has the sparks      
       flying underneath R&E 157      

Philadelphia & Western 161: Paul Monte has set up a new area for painting window frames and light fixtures. Evicted from the former sanding room by substation construction, he has placed the 161 parts he is working on in the area between 409 and C-130.

Philadelphia & Western 168: Charlie Robinson is now refinishing the side windows on 168. In the six years that the two     former P&W cars have been at the museum, rain and snow have been attacking the wood window parts, while assorted rust holes have been growing. The museum has invested in two high-grade truck tarpaulins to place over car 168 to protect it from Rochester winters. Come spring, the tarps will be removed and the car will be readied for operation once the substation is built. Speaking of operation, Roger Harnaart has fabricated and installed a new stirrup step so our operating crew can climb on and off more easily.

     Charlie Robinson's caulking efforts          Roger Harnaart finishes mounting
     will pay off in the long term for 168          his new stirrup step on 168 and will
                                                                                soon apply a couple of coats of gloss black paint

New York State Railways, Rochester Lines 437: Plans for replacing rusted steel members on platform beams is underway. Such strengthening will be necessary for placement of heavy controllers and other apparatus needed to operate the car. Composite wood and steel construction was used whereby wood beams were strengthened during construction with steel plates bolted to the sides of the wood beams. Unfortunately, the carís platforms sat very near the ground during its years (1936 to 1997) at Lake Lamoka, and steel plates and connecting bolts are very rusted with heavy flaking and some holes in plates being present.

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