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2023 - Repainting F40 231 back to Amtrak colors


How #231 looked at beginning of new year

Cab floor and walls cleaned up

Needlescaling has commenced

Weld lines visible showing construction of F40 locomotive

More needlescaling

Cleaned up handholds and installed new fasteners

Cleaned up handholds and installed new fasteners

Needle; wirewheel; bondo; sand; primer; bondo; sand; primer; bondo, etc.

Working our way around the front end

Steps removed and cleaned up

Steps reinstalled with new fasteners

Cleaning up access hatches

Prep work continues

Snowy February halts prep work

Sideways snow

6976 hanging out in the snow at Boulder City

231's engineer seat

Cleaning up area around red strobe housing

text Work progresses around to the left side

Larry needlescaling the front end

All of the orange is finally gone!

Signage for NSRM open house in March

Signage for NSRM open house in March

Signage for NSRM open house in March

Signage for NSRM open house in March

Signage for NSRM open house in March

6976 and Eureka steam locomotive operating side-by-side at open house

Steve S. operating 6976 during open house

Lapel pin of 231 for volunteers

Bondo bondo bondo

Primer, then more bondo

Bondo work continues

Areas marked for additional bondo work

Bondo work continues

Sunlight at low angle helps identify additional work areas

Little by little, the nose becomes smoother

Vandalized windshield removed

Windshield area undergoing cleanup work

New windshields have arrived!

Steve and Harris prepare windshield frame

Harris and Steve, along with Andrew and Larry, installing windshield

Harris and Andrew installing windshield

MU hose access door straightened out over 20 years, and won't close

Door removed and placed under hydraulic press

MU access door welded back onto plow and fits nicely

Angela prepping ditchlight housing for paint

Angela applying bondo to carbody

Angela prepping ditchlight housing for paint

Plow being cleaned up and prepped for paint

Grab irons removed, cleaned up and fastened with new hardware

Handhold on fireman side cleaned up and fastened

Alec applying bondo to weld seams behind the cab

Isabella applying bondo to the carbody

A ton of progress since the beginning of the year!

New windshields in place

Windshield's are so clean, they look like they're not there!

Wide panorama shot of the cab

Cab controls undergoing some TLC

One final sanding of the carbody before primer

Glass masked; locomotive ready for primer

Getting ready for primer

Primer on

Christopher spraying aluminum silver to carbody

Christopher spraying aluminum silver to carbody

Christopher spraying aluminum silver to carbody

Aluminum complete!

Fresh double-coat of aluminum silver

Texture is beautiful

Nice smooth silver!

Smooth silver

Silver has cured, ready for black

Christopher, Harris and Johnny helping with masking for black paint

Masking for black paint

Masking for black paint

Masking for black paint

Black paint

Black paint

Black paint

Finish look of black paint on roofline

Slowly yet surely starting to look like Amtrak

6976 hanging out near monsoonal storms

Mike replumbing the pneumatic bell

Mike removing defective 250A aux. generator breaker

New plumbing under the cab floor

Behind the electrical cabinet

New lugs for battery leads

New 250A circuit breaker for aux. generator

Matt refilling distilled water

Matt cleaning up headlights

Matt reinstalling headlights

Trucks with brand new coat of black paint

Finish look on fuel tank

Truck and automatic-train-stop bracket with new shiny paint

Plow back-side painted first

Plow with three coats of black paint

Main reservoir tanks in fresh coat of black paint

 

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