Log in

Log in

Members Only

<< First  < Prev   ...   17   18   19   20   21   Next >  Last >> 
  • April 17, 2018 5:24 PM | Anonymous

    Last post it could be seen, the carlines had badly rotted wood ribs. All the ribs have been removed from the between and on the sides of the carlines. We have jokingly started to call the wood, sandwich wood, since it acts like a club sandwich to the carlines, and is what gives them support.  With them out now, the carlines are extremely flimsy. Nothing wrong, just interesting how these roofs were engineered!

    A good rib (well good enough) was saved, so new ribs can be made at a CNC shop.

    As to the concerns of the carlines having structural issues, there is no worry here. As can be seen in these pictures, the roof line is pretty perfect. There will be some metal fabrication work done, in just a couple spots, but nothing near as bad as we expected. 

    These pictures show a much more cleaned up roof skeleton, from the last that were posted. Progress is moving nicely and efficiently. 

    Anyone interested in helping out with this project please contact Jeff directly.  We have a lot to do on this car, and she has served the museum well for many years, so she deserves it !!!!

  • April 15, 2018 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    The striping of the roof of 4451, led us to find that all the carline wood is rotted. We further realized that the ceiling is/was all screwed to the wood, and not the metal parts of the carlines. We can see where this is going.... So out with the ceiling. All the fixtures were removed and carefully packed. Then all the panels removed. The panels will be blasted and painted out of the car, (which they needed severe paint service anyway) while the carlines are being replaced.

    Maybe we just take the roof off completely and make it an open air car???? 

  • April 15, 2018 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    The roof is now completely off, all under structure is exposed, and all has been thoroughly cleaned. 

    Mother Nature has different plans on painting the exposed components painted than we have. We can not apply paint in the cold, and are anxiously waiting for 60+ degrees to start.


  • April 09, 2018 9:28 PM | Anonymous

    4288 had the roof partially torn off, some parts in the process of being replaced, and other parts still just as they were when the car was pulled into the barn years, and years ago. With 4451 rotting away, it was abundantly clear it needed to come inside NOW. So KRB Construction, who has been a great contractor for us, took on the task of finishing what was started so very long ago!

    Well during the months of January and February, the roof was completed.

    Canvas will go on when (IF, LOL) the weather warms up.

    Our two 4000's being coupled together and moved with 5 (both engines!)

    HOLY CRAP !!!! KRB was able to safely and correctly remove the years of racoon wasteAll done, with water and Ice shield over the entire roof. 4288 is ready to give up her spot, to allow her brother 4451 to get some attentionWe learned a lot on this car. This has prepared us for the massive roof job that 4451 needs!!!  Stay tuned!

  • April 09, 2018 9:20 PM | Anonymous

    20 had it's roof trolley boards, saddles, and all appliances stripped off and all replaced during the month of March.

    Mike and Jeff took her out for a test run on the last day of March, and all was well. Ready for RTV and 2018 season!

  • April 09, 2018 8:42 PM | Anonymous

    As many know all too well, 458 has been plagued with brake issues for years now. Fred, Mike, and I, in an effort to get out of the cold, got inside the barn on Sunday. We all were working on some outdoor tasks, and had our fill of the cold.

    So we had a little air brake school. I got to play "Brake Chamber Aerobics", as we swapped out the service and emergency chambers several times, for different reasons.

    We did find a hidden mud wasp nest, and did a little happy dance when we thought that was it, but then the problem just changed. 

    We do now have a circuit diagram on hand of the triple valve and the brake system as a whole. We plan to work it just like an electrical diagram, to narrow down our issue.

    The three of us slept good that night! I must say that I didn't much mind, as my knowledge of triple valves now is much better! Maybe it was lifting the 100+ lb valves up and down a dozen times, that helped solidify the info into the old noodle! 

  • April 09, 2018 8:38 PM | Anonymous

    After much inspection and adjustment attempts, Chuck and Jeff are going to reconvene on this. The good new is the the door motor is not fried. Probably took some life off it, but still working. We plan to address the gear box next. Fred was so kind as to lend some helpful advise. Stay tuned as we look for the correct fix!

  • April 09, 2018 8:32 PM | Anonymous

    Good Evening All,

    As we continue to grow and do more cool stuff, we want to get the progress and info out to everyone as quick and efficient as possible.

    Bear with us on this, as we stumble our way around, but the Car Department is making an effort to keep everyone in the loop!


<< First  < Prev   ...   17   18   19   20   21   Next >  Last >> 



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..

Contact Us

General Information (847) 697-4676

Event and Ticket questions (847) 380-6121


365 S La Fox St, South Elgin, IL 60177           

P.O. Box 315

Follow us on

Facebook  Instagram

The Fox River Trolley Museum is an IRS 501(c)(3) Illinois Not for Profit Corporation.
Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

Copyright 2024 - Fox River Trolley Association, Inc., All Rights Reserved

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software