Sunday, September 09, 2007

Roofing the Combine Car

Sometimes the most expeditious way to accomplish a task is to do it yourself. The railroad has spent many hours learning how to build replacement parts. Applying a new roof to a 35-year old narrow gauge car is no different. The process helps us develop new skills and reserve precious funds for more pressing projects.

Yesterday, Eric Stohl, Keith Berry and I mounted the roof of the Westside and Cherry Valley Railway combine car to apply a new roof. Bill Rodgers and Jacob Karoly provided support on the ground while Sam Thompson and Harold Tilton operated the valve shaping machine inside the engine house.

In the top photograph, Eric pours the initial application of cold-ap roof adhesive while Keith prepares spread it on the roof to the cupola. We decided to use the cupola as the test patch for our roofing project. Next week we'll tackle the forward section of the roof.

Eric leans out of the cupola window as he assists Keith and Bill with the rear section of the combine car's roof. Bill and Keith worked on ladders while I took pictures.

I quickly learned that photography and roofing don't mix. After snapping my first pictures of the cupola roofing job, I had to lower the camera down to my son and concentrate on spreading adhesive and laying the felt. I'll get some picture of the finished job next week.

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