CTRC - The California Trolley and Railroad Corporation.
Preserving the historical heritage of railroading and trolleys in the Santa Clara Valley of California.

Status Update

Week ending May 3rd

It's been a busy week with again some good news and not so good.

The casting for the new steam distribution valve bushing was received earlier in the week.  John Ezovski successfully delivered one valve bushing casting to Andy Monday May 5th morning.  The HUGE machines in his shop are amazing.

Last weekend we failed at pressing a piston off its rod.  Our leaky press has a capacity of about 30 or so tons.  Bob Schneider contacted his contact at the VTA Light Rail Facility.  We were invited to bring a piston to their shops yesterday for observation.  The shop crew was excited to get on this thing with VTA's 300 ton wheel press.  The piston was mounted and the pressure brought up.  At 200 tons nothing happened.

At 250 tons more of the same, nothing! (and to think we were hoping to free it with our 'little 30 tonner').  At 300 tons, things were looking pretty grim.  After a few moments at 300 tons a rather loud bang occurred and things separated.  The piston and rod were two separate items.

Here is where the not so good news comes.  A crack developed in the nut end of the rod.  A rather significant disappointment.  Some better news, we believe a repair is within our capability.  Today the crack was ground out and is ready for welding. 

In the coming weeks, the rod's old threads will be cut away.  End of the rod will be built up with weld and new threads cut.  These repairs may not be completed until July as our mechanical adviser/journeyman machinist will be out of town for a number of weeks.

Earlier in the week, the fence along Healey Ave. was cut.  This section was repaired.  Improvements were made on two other areas that had been repaired some time back.

The leaky hydraulic press is receiving some attention.  A number of leaks are being corrected.  Improvements to the press are being studied.

As usual for this time of year, grass was again cut, weeds were killed, leaves were racked, fences repaired, etc.

Week ending April 26th

The cab roof tongue & groove boards have been cut to the proper sizes and only the creation of the tongue and grooves remain.

Other cab work completed:

  • Cleaned and primed all metal surfaces.
  • Cleaned and primed all attaching components presently stored in a shed container.
  • Created link extensions to allow the roof vent to be completely extended.
  • Created engineering drawings of all cab wood components.
  • Unwanted holes filled.
  • Rusted rain gutters repaired.

Week ending April 19th

Over the past three weeks base material, ballast, ties, and rails have been laid in front of the 1215 locomotive located at History San Jose.  This is so we can eventually move the 1215 locomotive forward enough to insert the Orchard Supply Hardware box car between it and the caboose.  We will then have a real train.


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