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Car 316 Updates April - May

May 31, 2022 9:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Continued work on Chicago Aurora and Elgin car 316

Here, Thee makes his way down the west side of the car, removing tar.  He  found a lot more rot.   As shown here, many spot repairs were needed on the roof.


In this picture, the oval window hole has been re-framed into the car. The other (east) side has the existing one, but the west side was removed and sided over sometime during its life with CA&E. We are putting it back to “as built” condition.


Somewhere along the line Chief Car Officer Jeff Bennett made time to visit our vendor in Chicago to approve the seat cushion frames that are being made completely from scratch for CTA 4288.

They looked great and are being made for the whole car. 


This is the upper stained glass “tilt in” hinge with hardware that will be used to again allow all of the upper windows to work as built.

HUGE thanks to Connecticut Trolley Museum for donating enough of these to outfit every upper sash window on car 316. 


While John and Thee continue to strip, what seems like endless amounts of tar from the lower roof, Fred B. is removing the upper roof hardware. 


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