LOCOMOTIVE AND CAR RESTORATIONS


 1967

Short Line Enterprises Locomotive No. 1

Cosmetic and mechanical restoration of operational 1891, H. K. Porter 0-4-0T (orig. Rogue River Valley Ry Co. No. 1). Repaired cab, installed new bottom in saddle tank, repaired & adjusted the suspension, completely stripped of old, weathered paint and repainted, striped and lettered as Rogue River Valley Ry Co. No. 1.

 1970-
1974

Short Line Enterprises Coach No.8

Cosmetic and structural restoration of ex-Virginia & Truckee Railroad Coach Combine No.8 (V&T RR built in 1869). 80% of the original car was saved in this first coach restoration. Photo documentation techniques were used to provide reference materials and an historic record of the project.

 1973-
1974

Short Line Enterprises Locomotive No. 8

Complete cosmetic and operational restoration of 1888 Cooke L & M Co. 4-4-0 (ex-Dardanelle & Russellville No. 8). Performed major boiler repairs, constructed accurate replica of original cab, constructed new pilot, pilot beam & running boards, made running gear, cylinder, crosshead, and air-brake repairs, rebuilt and modified lead truck to allow operation on sharp curves, constructed new tender frame using original construction design, rebuilt tender trucks and applied 1 set of replacement leaf springs, replaced lower side sheets in tender tank. Placed locomotive in operation in conformance with the safety requirements of the States of California and Nevada. Prepared for finish and painted, striped and lettered in a turn-of-the Century color and style.

 1974-
1975

Short Line Enterprises Passenger Caboose No.10

Complete structural and operational restoration of 1873 Kimball Manufacturing Co. Passenger Caboose (ex-Virginia & Truckee Railroad Car No.10). Car was restored to its turn-of-the-century appearance and operating condition. Original frame members, trucks and hardware saved, all other structure, paneling, doors, windows and flooring replaced. Original bench seats restored.

 1975-
1976

Short Line Enterprises Railbus No.50 "WASHOE ZEPHYR" (ex-Tucson, Cornelia & Gila Bend #401)

Complete interior and exterior restoration to an appropriate appearance. Mechanical repair and refurbishment of motor, transmission and drive train. Car was restored for regular tourist railroad service.

 1977

SLE Locomotive No. 8

Performed necessary boiler, air-brake and safety appliance work to bring locomotive into compliance with FRA operating standards.

1976-
1981
 

California State Railroad Museum Projects

Several 19th Century locomotives, passenger cars and freight cars were restored to as built or later, in service, conditions. Short Line Enterprises personnel were employed by the State of California to provide the expertise necessary to supervise the work and perform key tasks in the completion of these projects. Specific project assignments included complete paint, striping and lettering research design and replication, construction of a complete tender using original manufacturers drawings, design and fabrication of missing pieces, parts and assemblies, design and creation of ceiling cloths for passenger cars, hand painted in oils on linen duck and general restoration work.


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