Upcoming Maintenance Department Work Session
Saturday, August 1, 2012
- Inspect the pole base, harp and associated hardware on STCP #172. This car has been dewiring constantly of late the inbound frog at Altoff siding. To help narrow down a root cause of this problem, the pole base and harp needs a full inspection to ensure the problem is not related to the car itself (or correct the problem if it is).
- Annual servicing of the low voltage contactor on PSCT #6. Based upon the amount of use our PCC cars receive at our museum, an annual servicing of the low voltage contactors keeps these cars braking smoothly and properly. Hard to believe, but it has been over a year since this was last done with #6. This is a simple task that takes less than 30 minutes.
- Inspect trolley shoes. Bill Monaghan has been making good progress with inspecting our trolley shoes and carbon inserts, but we need to continue this for the entire operating fleet with our busy fall and winter events approaching.
- Survey barn space in Carbarns #1 and #2 to find a place to store two Brill 27F trucks. We are making arrangements for shipping and delivery of the Brill 27F trucks we obtained in trade this past March (along with Sweeper #3) for former DCTS Sweeper #09. We are planning for delivery in September. No, we won't be jacking up Valley #12 in the immediate future and finally reuniting the car with Brill trucks for the first time since 1923, but delivery of these trucks is a huge step towards eventual restoration of this car. Valley Railways #12, a very rare 1895 vintage car built by Jackson & Sharp of Wilmington, DE, could be our next major restoration project once CA&E #315 is completed.
- Controller servicing. Cars #1875, 249, 172, and 355 could use a controller servicing as a preventive maintenance effort to ensure all is ready for fall and winter.
- Fluid level checks cars #1875, 249, 172, 355, 163. At the same time controller maintenance is done, recommended practice is to ensure all oil levels in the bearings and compressors are at the proper level.