ATSF 98 Restoration Update
The Diesel Crew continues cleaning the ATSF 98 carbody and is about 90% finished with the engineer compartment frame, removing extensive scale and rust from the structure. Greg Houle has continued sheet metal work repairing rust damage. He has completed repairing the cab roof where the add-on air conditioner was mounted. Also completed is the reworked fireman’s door. Project Manager Jeff Williams is working on a mid-project schedule and budget update.
Update - July, 2013
Jeff Williams, seen here, manufactures replica carbody panels for FP45, Santa Fe 108. New panels, stacked on the cart in the foreground are complete, ready for installation. Three test panels are applied to the locomotive to check fit and finish. They will be replaced with production panels. Full width carbody locomotives are particularly prone to corrosion and after 45 years in service for the original panels, all of them including service replacements were rusted through or distorted by rust build up.
Using original drawings, panels and stiffening bars were sheared to size at a metal service center then resistance welded together on a process line Jeff has set up in Carbarn 7.
Joining material of significantly different thickness and shape made getting the exact heat for an effective spot weld with cool down to avoid distortion very challenging.