Sunday, February 04, 2007

Painting Arnold Z

Keith Berry stopped by the engine house to paint a primer coat on Arnold Z. Garrett, Ken and Scott have been restoring the the Plymouth diesel switcher for about nine or 10 months. The old cab was removed last spring. Since then, the crew has removed the ballast, wheel sets, journal boxes and leaf springs. And they have been actively scraping and chipping old dirt, rust and paint from the chassis. They are at the stage where they can begin rebuilding and reconditioning the individual parts.

"This is perfect painting weather. The sun's hot," said Keith. He wanted to get it done before long-overdue rains arrive next week. The high today will be in the mid-70s today in Placerville. The current plan is to keep the body gloss black silver lettering.

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