Push Gathers Steam to Restore a Historic Loco
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Since mid July we have been working on CLF1 for Southern Shorthaul Railroad.
With the loco delivered to the owners on Thursday 3rd September, it is now time to show how we got the job done. Understandably the owners were not keen on pictures being published before they took delivery. ________________________________________________________________
The loco was prepared by SSR in Cootamundara with body repairs and base painting. Our first task was to sand the paint to a finish for the top coat. Jason is hard at it.___________________________________________________________
In the cab, no work for us to do on the inside, but still interesting to have a look. The "desk top" type controls are different.
In the engine room, the air compressor, the plumbing stack and the engine beyond that. Through the far door is the electrical stuff such as the traction alternator and control equipment. The paint job is showing its age but that is not that important. What matters is what is under the paint._____________________________________________________________
The first paint applied was some of our own "gold" to a couple of areas around the nose. The SSR spec yellow had not arrived and we needed to check if the sanding and preparation was suitable for the top coat.
Rob is experimenting while Jason stands back and watches his boss at work.
With the experiment successful and the specified paint delivered, the SSR yellow was applied in one go to all yellow areas. After a couple of days to cure, masking is inn hand covering the yellow and leaving the rest of the loco exposed for the black.
This is the drivers side from the middle looking to the rear. The lower yellow area has not yet been masked.______________________________________________________________.
On the side of the nose the company logo requires a diagonal configuration which is being marked out in accordance with he drawings supplied.____________________________________________________________
At the front, Jason is marking out the chevrons on the cowcatcher. A copy of the painting diagram is attached for the guidance of all involved!____________________________________________________________
The company logo also appears across the nose. The presence of handrails, hinges and grills makes laying out the design a bit complicated. This was resolved by some trial and error in marking with a china-graph pencil before masking tape and paper is applied. Jason is attending to the fiddly bits._____________________________________________________________
The second persons side of the cab also has a logo but as the artwork is singular in handing, it is not a mirror image. The logo features the letters S S & R and as these have to fit around the existing body features of the locomotive, a lot of time was spent on measuring adjusting and making sure that the finished effect will be what the owner wanted.______________________________________________________________
The cowcatcher has diagonal black chevrons. Although angled at 70 degrees at the centre, by the time the line-work gets around to the sides, the compound curves of the cowcatcher make some of the lines appear near vertical. _____________________________________________________________
Masked up and ready for 'scotching' before the black is applied. Scotching is a slang term we use meaning the exposed surface is lightly abraded to ensure the paint adhered. It originates from a product 'scotch brite', a bit like a synthetic dish scouring pad.___________________________________________________________
Black on, masking off. The contrast between the two colours is striking and very characteristic of the standard SSR livery._______________________________________________________________
Along the observers side Jason with Robbie behind are inspecting their handiwork now the paper and tape is off. The reflection in the paint suggests a good job here!____________________________________________________________
The lettering has now been applied and the loco is looking close to finished. The illuminated number boards will be fitted shortly.
The back end is a bit plainer. No air hoses on yet and things like the coupler are yet to be attended to.
On the nose there is a black panel to reduce the glare from the yellow. You can get an idea of what that may be like from the reflection on the curve.
The first time out in the sun. Robbie is in conversation with the SSR fitter who has come over to fix a couple of internal matters before the loco enters traffic in coming days.______________________________________________________________
The other side. Robbie is still in conversation. CLF1 is in company with its older cousin GM36 who will probably enter the shed once the CLF is gone._____________________________________________________________
Late Thursday afternoon 3rd September, CLF1 with an SSR crew, is driven out of the shed towards the turntable.
Now turned and connected to the track out of Seymour, the CLF is about to move off the turntable and couple up to its host for the trip to Melbourne.____________________________________________________________
Exiting the turntable and about to couple up to 48s34.
Once clear of the turntable the joke was that our concrete guarantee for the paint job was void as the loco was now well and truly off the concrete area and on plain track in the owners hands!!
In reality we have much more confidence in our work that that. This loco is diesel number 11 and there have been around 8 carriages also attended to with many more to come.
This article first appeared on srhcblog.blogspot.com
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