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CA&E 316 and 458 Car Update

June 06, 2022 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

CA&E 316

Here’s a good shot of the under structure of the upper roof as Thee is replacing and reinforcing carlines on 316. 

The soffit over hang of the upper roof of CA&E car 316 most all of it had to be replaced. The over hang was 90 percent rotted top and bottom. We were able to save the tack edge.

Several pieces of what we believe to be the original canvas has been pulled from under the flashing.

There have been questions on what color roof the CA&E would have painted this car while it’s body wore the “coffee and cream” color scheme. From all the pictures of the car from that time period, not that there are a ton of pictures, all are in black and white.  So, it is not easy to tell the roof color from the photographs.

During the Museums' research, many knowledgeable folks have stated the roof would have been maroon. Others simply weren’t sure. I think the proof is in the pudding here. Multiple areas of original canvas has maroon paint on them, so as of right now that’s the plan!  The roof will be painted maroon.

Jeff helping John and Thee to pound out some roof work on 316. With the nicer weather as of late, we are light on volunteers.

CA&E 458

The drip edges are mostly installed on 458 as of June 4th. One drip edge was missing from the car, so we called our good friend and metal worker Leo Metz. He promptly came over to pick up a sample and said he will have a replacement fabricated and ready for us next weekend!


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