New floor for the 276 installed in 1998
Years of use has required past collections efforts including new upholstery and flooring. Yet it was difficult to address roof rehabilitation before completion of the Conservation and Restoration Center. Now the Museum is able to apply roof panels "like it was a new car."
SkilFab is a sheet metal company located in Snoqualmie and they have extensive tooling for the cutting, forming and shaping of sheet metal. The 14 gauge panels from the 276 were an easy match for their modern equipment, though the shaping process was somewhat tedious.
SkilFab workers form the
roof panel. Watch the
attached video clip to
see how it works!
The first new roof panel is completed!
The first panel is test-fitted to allow
Gary James is leading the project.
Volunteer Arnie L. is playing a big
role too, as are other Museum
Before permanent installation began, the steel carlines were treated with rust converter, primed with zinc, and the ceiling cavity was insulated. A new "Z" channel was installed on the top edge of the car side and is used to capture the bottom lip on the roof panel. The installation is expected to take two weeks and will help prepare coach 276 for its second Century of service!