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  • May 16, 2018 8:05 PM | Anonymous

    Pumped up L202 to check all the usual suspects;

    Feed valve, Brake stand, Brake cylinder, Governor, Exercise the brakes several times. And that was about all I had time to do, as we were quite busy with riders! Good Stuff

  • May 16, 2018 7:58 PM | Anonymous

    From the desk of Joe H.

    1 The sidewalk has been completed.

     2 The Village replaced the driveway apron as part of the project.

     3 The edges were contoured and now the grass has got to grow.  The feather flags were moved to the east, several times, by Chuck

    4 Jeff Bennett with stinger in hand consults with Chuck Galitz.

    5 On Monday Mike Gilles brought out a pipe vise which was set up to hold trolley poles so the harps could be removed for the straightening process.

  • May 08, 2018 9:32 PM | Anonymous

    This set shows the sidewalk installation being done for the Village to give Cambridge residents a safe walk towards downtown South Elgin.  We start on Sunday evening when the forms are in place, Monday after the concrete pour and then late Monday after the forms were removed.  Because the grade has to be steady there are places where our undulating property has to be beveled to the edge of the sidewalk.  This will be interesting to see how this turns out.

  • May 08, 2018 8:48 PM | Anonymous

    This shows some of the work on straightening some of the used SEPTA trolley poles.  The hole in the car barn post allows us to take out the big bends.  The idea comes from an old trade publication where it was published as a shop tip.  Most of these poles have a little bend at the harp end which was why they were declared surplus.  By bushing the bending hole we are able to straighten this bend but first we have to take the harps off and this can be a challenge.  Joe and Mike are working on this but had some help from Patrick Storm and Chuck Galitz.  The harps will be reinstalled and the poles cleaned up, primed, painted and installed on a couple of cars. 

  • May 07, 2018 5:39 PM | Anonymous

    The upper body where the side of the car stops, and the roof begins, has been scraped, and wire brushed. Then paint applied, and finally the wood that the tack strips will attach to is mostly installed all the way around.

    And some of us can remember a couple years ago, the Main Resv. pipe on the South end rotting out at the floor. Well this weekend it was removed, and the line run back to the copper tubing.

    Years of rot, had made the pipe a bit smaller...

    Next weekend the pipe connections will be completed most likely.

  • May 07, 2018 5:35 PM | Anonymous

    Well with all the flooring vinyl now out, the doors work like a charm!!!

    Next the plywood is coming up. It is bolted down with elevator style bolts, and nuts must be removed from under the car prior to removing the wood. I got several of them, but not all. more next week, then the wood comes out. We are learning a lot as we go, and hope the next door vestibule will be quicker!

  • May 07, 2018 5:24 PM | Anonymous

    What a beautiful weekend it was. I bet a lot of us were out watering! Some of us watering flowers, some watering batteries!

    Loco 5 only needed a nip, as the batteries are quite new

    40 took about a half gallon across the board.....    Check out this super awesome battery filler that Fred had!

    43 also was about a half gallon

    Now 45 was a different story. First of we found this, upon opening the compartment

    It was holding on by one strand, and moving the box was enough for it to snap off! BEST time to find a problem like this, while doing regular maintenance!!!  45's batteries took over a gallon.

  • May 07, 2018 4:57 PM | Anonymous

    Fred has put a great deal of time into sanding down Hollywood, and is planning a complete paint job for it this season!

  • May 04, 2018 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Joe H. was overseeing some of the last weekends work on 40 and has provided us with more detailed photos! Thanks Joe, keep them coming!!!

  • May 03, 2018 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    The first step (learned from Fred L.) was to remove the outer thresholds that are a separate molded piece. Then under that is a piece of stainless, then the frame. All this held together with lots of glue of some sort.

    Then the vinyl was heated with heat lamps and pulled from the plywood.

    Basically the whole problem, as it would seem right now, with these doors being cranky, is they are hitting all over the floor. The seam between the vestibule vinyl and the threshold is right where the passengers enter. Water gets down that seem and rots the wood, causing expansion. The expansion binds the bottom of the doors.

    More work this weekend on this vestibule and I hope to make some good progress.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!  



Ever since CTA began to assemble its 21st Century Heritage Fleet, rail enthusiasts have expressed hope that 'L' cars of decades past could be returned from museums or private owners to enlarge the fleet.

Thanks to CTA and the Fox River Trolley Museum, those hopes have come true.

The museum has re-sold cars 6101-02 to CTA for Heritage Fleet operation. The Fox River board approved the sale at its July 8 meeting. CTA signed off on the terms in late July and moved the cars from South Elgin to CTA Skokie Shops Aug. 9-10.

"We've done our part for historic preservation, which is our mission," said museum President Edward Konecki. "Now it's time for them to go home."

The married pair, built by the now-defunct St. Louis Car Co. in 1950, features a set of outside conductor's controls and twin headlights, which makes them unique among surviving 6000-series cars.

Fox River has long-term preservation in mind. CTA once had a Heritage Fleet of streetcars and rapid transit equipment that was disbanded in the 1980s.  Today's Heritage Fleet is its second.  The re-sale contract includes a clause that gives the museum a 90-day right of first refusal to regain possession of the cars, should CTA decide to terminate its current Heritage Fleet program. If returned, they must be in fully operable condition. The cars were never used in public operations at Fox River because of restrictions written into the contact between the museum and CTA in the 1990s. Essentially, Fox River could not carry paying passengers on the cars. That clause will not be included should the cars revert to Fox River.

CTA hopes to unveil the cars to the public in time for its 70th birthday party in October.

CTA, created in 1945 by the Metropolitan Transit Authority Act to take control of the city's mass transportation providers, bought the 'L' from the receivers of the bankrupt Chicago Rapid Transit Co. Oct. 1, 1947.  Today it is one of the three operating agencies that compose the Regional Transportation Authority.  

The Fox River Trolley Museum is a not-for-profit, founded in 1961, dedicated to the preservation Chicago's electric railway heritage and interpretation of the lines' colorful history. All workers at the museum are volunteers.  The museum operates its demonstration railway, a remnant of the old Aurora Elgin & Fox River Electric Co. interurban (inter-city) rail line, on Sundays from Mother's Day through the end of October, Saturdays in July and August and on three major in-season holidays -- Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day..

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