6133 Blog: 18 August 2016

6133 Blog: 18 August 2016

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Since the last update a lot has been happening with RPDX 6133. Chris Fox, John Carey and crew members Mackenzie Clair, David Vincent from Bombardier and Matt Erwood from Northwind moved the RDC with TRHA LRC locomotive 6917 to an area of the Toronto Maintenance Centre (TMC) with hydro and roughed in a way side power system so work can be done on the inside and outside of the car.

Chris and John surveyed the car and made a detailed list of what should be tackeled prior to any type of startup. The most fundamental item was the missing batteries, since the car needs power to really do anything. Happily Chris was able to acquire these from a local battery supplier. These were installed over the long weekend in May.

John also found that the main battery breaker was missing from the main switch panel and in turn the switch panel was rotted out. With help from VIA Rail Canada we were able to get the original drawings and John is fabricating a new switch panel. Night Star Electric donated the OEM main battery and auxiliary breakers.

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Batteries installed. Note the truck fleet charger.

Batteries installed. Note the truck fleet charger.

Sourcing a battery charger that met our the charging requirements without busting our budget was another problem. We finally settled on an industrial truck fleet charger and LRC 6917!

While the batteries were charging mechanic Dave Carey (John’s brother), Chris and John discovered another hurdle, RPDX 6133 had the radiators and cooling fans removed before Rapido purchased the car from IRSI. For the RDC to run without overheating we need these systems.

After around 20,000 phone calls the guys ended up heading back to Moncton and they were able to aquire radiators and fans from scraped sister RDCs. These were inspected over the third weekend of July and found to require a re-core. The next step is to settle on a supplier that specialises in re-coring heavy industrial radiators for the railway, oil and mining industries.

The cooling fans also need an overhaul and this work will be kept in house. Northwind Rail Services‘ shop is capable of this kind of overhaul, which includes fitting new motor bearings, the electrical armature has to be dipped and baked and the string band of the commutator will need to be restrung and fibreglassed. The electrical brush holders will be cleaned up, meggered and tested, while the commutator will be meggered and then re-assembled and tested.

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Removing graffiti from the side of RPDX 6133. All photos courtesy of Chris Fox.

Removing graffiti from the side of RPDX 6133. All photos courtesy of Chris Fox.

Over August 8-22 the graffiti was taken off… with a lot of effort! This had been on the car since it was transferred across from North Vancouver to IRSI in Moncton for toilet retention tank installation. Chris sourced some industrial paint stripper and purchased enough to remove the so called “art”. With careful application he was able to save the blue and yellow stripes from being stripped off. The result has transformed the look of the car.

Chris and the gang also investigated the roof leak on the right side near the B end bulkhead next to the washroom. We don’t fully understand why the car was leaking but it could date back to an accident that this car was in on Vancouver Island. It was probably just repaired well enough to return to service. The alternative explanation is that when the air-con condenser was replaced the roof was damaged. Whatever the reason, this leak is huge!

After taking down the ceiling on a rainy day the leak location was accurately pinpointed to a buckled seam on the roof. The result of this is that the washroom walls, end bulkhead, carpet, wood flooring, lighting fixtures and all insulation in the ceiling for the first 6 rows back from the B end will need replacing. This is a huge job, possibly the be the biggest part of the restoration.

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John Carey examines the engine rocker cover from Engine No.1... Note how clean it is! GM Detroit Diesel series 6-110 engine No. 1 from RPDX 6133 being inspected after arriving at the TMC.

Left: John Carey examines the engine rocker cover from Engine No.1… Note how clean it is!
Right: GM Detroit Diesel series 6-110 engine No. 1 from RPDX 6133 being inspected after arriving at the TMC.

After inspecting the compressor, the electric motor was found to be in good shape, although the actual compressor has suffered from moisture damage. After top end disassembly, freeing up the valves, inspecting the piston heads and an application of Scotch Brite to the cylinder walls, the equipment was reassembled and found to be much more satisfactory. We do have a spare unit at Rapido Galactic Headquarters (also from Moncton) that we can swap out if necessary. We won’t know unit we put power to the car and test it.

Finally, Chris went over both operating cab ends and took the controllers apart, cleaned and oiled them. He also cleaned and re-certified the air gauges. This was not required for the certification in Moncton as the RDC was teh RDC was shipped as a “box car” and the single car test took the place of the gauges. Now that we plan to run the car on its own this small but important step now has been completed.

Left: Inspection of the electric motor for the compressor. Right: Radiators as delivered for RPDX 6133... Now to get them into the car!

Left: Inspection of the electric motor for the compressor.
Right: Radiators as delivered for RPDX 6133… Now to get them into the car!

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