Edmundston Blog: 8 September 2016
Edmundston Blog: 8 September 2016
Wednesday, August 31st:
We successfully removed the wall from the left bathroom. After spending too many hours trying to remove stubborn screws, we decided to just cut through them with the sawzall. Cutting through the ply-metal, 2 steel plates, and the screws was a slow process, but, it was still faster than trying to fuss with taming of the screws (pun credit to Dan).
Jordan worked on the carpeted hallway. The screws were a bit stubborn here too, but through his shear strength and force (and a bit of help from the rotted wood), the aluminum extrusions came off. Most of the masonite walls have come off in the hallway; it was easy enough since most of it was rotted from the moisture coming in from the windows over the years.
Jordan adds: “I cleared all the debris down to the steel framing. During this process all of the aluminium trim pieces were retained in mostly excellent condition with a few bends that shouldn’t be too difficult to fix. With this out of the way, Dan and I removed the steam heat radiators for the entire length of the aisle. Dan used the angle grinder and cut them into smaller sections to be removed later on. They will be replaced with electrical heating elements.”
(Jason misses the wonderful moist air of a steam-heated car, but you take what you can get…)
The electrical cabinet was sanded, primed and painted.
Thursday, September 1st:
Second coat of paint in the electrical cabinet was applied. Basically ready for Ted to install electrical panels.
We got under the train to start removing the steam pipe. Unfortunately it is necessary to remove the main steam line in order to install the HEP (Head End Power) cables. We may add some covering later on to make the HEP cables look like a steam pipe, but for now we’re focused on getting all of the necessary upgrades done. I brought a portable bandsaw to help with the pipe removal. It was wishful thinking, as the saw couldn’t really fit into the crevices of train. It would have been nice otherwise.
To protect the centre sill, we clamped 2 pieces of plywood on the sides and above the pipes where we were cutting. This helped accidentally nicking it with the sawzall. The first few cuts went relatively smoothly. But as we got further into the tanks, we realised that the pipe was bolted down with brackets from above. Dan ground most of it off. Another issue came up when we cut too long of a section and couldn’t get it out.
Working underneath the car presented us with a number of challenges. The space was cramped; the main air reservoirs were in our way wherever we went; and foreign particulates (otherwise known as rusty bits of dead metal) kept falling on us as we were cutting.
After a while I gave up as my eyes had endured enough rusty dust for one day. Jordan and Dan removed a large chunk of the main steam pipe – almost 40 feet.
Moving back inside, I continued removing the necessary interior walls to upgrade to head end power. Finally, I got a hold of a track saw for us to use when we need to cut into the floor, this will be great for cutting it out at nice right angles and for cutting pieces to size while on site. It also has a depth gauge so we can cut through the floor without worrying about hitting the piping and structure underneath.
Labour Day Weekend
Bob Merriam spent Labour Day weekend working on the final painting prepwork and actually painting! Hurray!
Tiffany and Bob masked off the windows and sealed and masked the end doors.
The weather was kind to Bob and he was able to paint the vestibule, the blue area around the A end door, and – amazingly – all of the left side! Have a look at the amazing transformation below.
Doesn’t that just look gorgeous? Here are some more shiny bits in the vestibule:
Wednesday, September 7th:
Next we are slowly working to remove the screws so we can remove the broken glass and insert the fresh panes. This will take a few work sessions to complete as we don’t want to damage any of the frames in the process. With the car half painted, we should be able to start reinstalling the windows as they are repaired next week or this weekend.
As we’ll keep reminding anyone who will listen (and some who won’t), this restoration is costing us an arm and a leg, and Janet is ready to have Jason arrested. If you appreciate the efforts we are taking to restore Edmundston, please consider making a donation. The link is below. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far!
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