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On September 8, 2018 it was decided to do a massive work session on Edmundston with Chris Fox and John Carey leading the way, with Rapido staff Jordan, Josh and Mike offering assistance. This was necessitated after a section of the floor under Roomette no. 6 fell onto the truck below, and also expedited when we were made aware that VIA Rail would be replacing the drop table at Toronto's Maintenance Centre - an essential piece of equipment we needed to use - starting in October.
The work session lasted the entire day, and was only cut short by the need to move Edmundston out of the shops to allow VIA Rail use of the drop table for their own purposes. We used our own 6133 to move Edmundston into the shops and onto the drop table. In Chris Fox's defense to those who are saying we voided the warranty, "Since I have to fix the real thing ... If I brake it .... I fix it."
With Edmundston safely on the drop table and 6133 parked back outside for the day, the team set about working. First step was to disconnect the handbrake chain from the truck and remove the bolts under the bolster. We then lowered the truck free from the carbody and moved it to the adjacent track for further inspection and eventual lubrication of the centre bearing.
Next step was to remove the old steam lines and other unnecessary piping from the areas around the truck that were previously inaccessible. Then the long process of removing the floor plates began, which was inhibited by the need to not use power cutting tools like a grinder, which would pose a risk of setting the insulation on fire. And that's not how we want to heat the car either!
Work proceeded for most of the day focusing on removing panels under the B-end of the car that have been subject to years of wear and tear. While Chris and John were handling the leads on the tough work, Jordan and Josh provided general support to their efforts. Not to be outdone, Mike turned into our truck expert and was solely responsible for cleaning the old bearings and greasing them and the car bolster for re-installation.
Overview of the work accomplished:
Work that was not completed:
Further work continues on Edmundston to get it finished and ready for "company" service. Any assistance that you can provide is greatly appreciated. Click below to donate to our restoration efforts or contact us if you can provide any other assistance.
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