Mike and Jeff worked Monday afternoon to get AE&FRE Locomotive 5 down to track four to use as an anchor to stretch the canvas on CA&E 458.
Sunday it was clear that due to 458 being considerably longer than CTA 4451, there is much more surface area to cause friction and therefore make it difficult to pull.
Notice Mike standing way back while Jeff pulls with the locomotive!
So here is Chief Car Officer Jeff Bennett with his new brilliant plan to hook to 5 and inch north to stretch the canvas. Mike and I decided this was a great plan and if it worked we would share these pics right away…. And if it didn’t, we’ll we would promptly delete them!
Probably got about 2 feet out of it. Here Jeff Bennett is attaching the straps to the cross beam so we could unhook them from 5.
Earlier in the day, Kyle had been applying the first coat of epoxy primer to the main cabin of 458.
Sunday we left the propane construction heater set at 50 degrees running in the sealed car so Monday morning it would be warm enough to spray, and it was!