Monday, June 24, 2013

Winning the lottery?

Well, sort of. Two new lottery commercials were filmed in Snoqualmie, and one of them featured a locomotive from the Northwest Railway Museum's Collection.  So for several local businesses, a church and the Museum it was sort of like winning a small prize in the lottery.

A film crew sets up the interior shot of
"Jim" operating his locomotive.
The Museum hosted the Washington State Lottery and their film production partners on a recent warm and sunny day.  (Those days have not been plentiful this year, but that is another story.)  

The commercial filmed at the Museum features "Jim," a character who wins the lottery and upgrades his HO scale locomotive to a full size model.  Of course the real locomotive happens to be the Museum's locomotive 201, a model RSD-4 built by the American Locomotive Company in 1951 for Kennecott Copper.  This 1,600 HP locomotive is similar to the once ubiquitous ALCO road switchers that operated on more than a dozen railroads in the Northwest.  The bright orange behemoth was pulled by one of the Museum's Baldwin RS4TC locomotives, which was "removed" from the film in post production.  An actor sat in the engineer's seat pretending to operate it.  A home and garage were also added in during the post production process.
Locomotive 4012 pushed and pulled
the 201 but was rendered invisible
during post production.

Thanks go out to the many Museum volunteers that met or exceeded the client's expectations and made it all come together for a clever and amusing ad.

The commercial is now running on local television; watch for it!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Coach 218 windows, part 2

Clerestory windows are a distinguishing feature of early 20th Century coaches.  Obviously, these windows let light in but their primary function was - and is - to provide ventilation in an era before air conditioning, not to mention daily showers! 

Coach 218 was built in 1912 and has 41 of these attractive windows.  Rehabilitation and reinstallation of these windows is an important part of the coach's rehabilitation so that museum visitors traveling in the car will experience it like travelers did in the 1920s. 

Dedicated volunteers repaired, rebuilt or recreated all the color glass glazing, which is set in zinc came and soldered together.  In May and early June 2013 all 41 windows were reinstalled into coach 218.  Rehabilitation and reinstallation took nearly 800 person hours of labor, a significant amount of it performed by volunteers!

The clerestory window hinges are unusual; the design dates from the 19th Century.  They were produced by Dayton Manufacturing, the hardware manufacturer owned by the Barney and Smith Car Company in Dayton, Ohio.  Later, similar hinges were produced by Adams and Westlake, a company that remains in business today.  A few of those "replacement" hinges are in the car and were likely installed as a result of a broken hinge.

So another milestone is achieved.  Rehabilitation of coach 218 is moving towards completion when it will enter service on the Museum's interpretive railway. Remaining work includes rehabilitation or repair of lower window sashes, exterior painting and lettering, metal work on end roof hoods, interior floor (maple) installation, interior paneling (mahogany) panel rehabilitation or replacement and installation, lighting and seating.
Clerestory windows
separate the lower and
upper clerestory.
Clerestory windows swing into the car.
Windows fit snuggly in the openings.

These windows have
unusual hinges made by
Dayton Manufacturing.
Each is custom fit for an

Flashing is formed and soldered under
and around each window opening to
keep the water out.  Note the window
hinges, a segment that looks like part
of a wagon wheel, and a spring

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Chapel car photo opportunity

The chapel car 5 Messenger of Peace achieved substantial completion in April.  This 1898-built mobile church has been under rehabilitation in the Museum's Conservation and Restoration Center ("CRC") beginning in February 2011. 

In May, though a little dusty, the car was temporarily moved to the Train Shed to allow coach 218 to occupy track two in the CRC so it can have some of its new windows installed.  Later this season the Messenger of Peace will return to the CRC for lettering.  But on a beautiful sunny day in May just a few days short of the 115th anniversary of its dedication in Buffalo, New York, the chapel car posed for outdoor photos in Snoqualmie, Washington.  And its first trip outside the CRC in over two years!