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1980-1988 – Nevada
State Railroad Museum Projects

 


All Nevada State Railroad Museum restoration
projects involved the preparation of Restoration Feasibility
Investigation Reports, Operational Feasibility Investigation
Reports and/or Restoration Design Engineering Packages prior
to the commencement of any restoration. Short Line Enterprises
has been responsible for the preparation of all of these documents
as part of its contractor of preference relationship with the
Nevada State Museum.
1980  

1980 – V&T Ry No 25

 

Cosmetic and operational restoration of 1905
Baldwin 4-6-0 (orig. Virginia & Truckee RR Second No. 25)
to 1935, “Just Shopped” appearance. Locomotive had
received some cosmetic restoration by another contractor to an
earlier configuration. Most of this work had to be redone to
higher quality standards by Short Line Enterprises. Mechanical
work included removal of all boiler tubes, de-scaling of boiler
and installation of new boiler tubes. New lagging and jacketing
were applied, missing components fabricated and installed, air-brake
system overhauled, new tender decking was applied and the tender
tank was de-scaled and sealed. All running gear was taken down,
appropriately serviced or repaired. The locomotive was painted
and lettered to V&T standards and placed in operation in
conformance with the safety requirements of the State of Nevada.

1981-1982  

V&T RR No. 18 “DAYTON”

 

Cosmetic restoration of 1873 Central Pacific
Railroad, Sacramento Shops 4-4-0 (orig. Virginia & Truckee
RR No. 18 “DAYTON”) to rebuilt, 1882, appearance. Restoration
to operating condition was ruled out because of the locomotive’s
wrought iron boiler. The locomotive had been extensively modified
during its years of railroad and movie studio service and restoration
required complete teardown and major reconstruction. The tender
was rebuilt, a replica Central Pacific cab was constructed, V&T
style pilot & smokestack were constructed, valves, fittings
and other period appliances were fabricated. All evidence of
oil conversion and air-brake systems were removed, wood lagging
and simulated Russia Iron jacketing were applied and the locomotive
meticulously painted, striped, lettered and polished. All work
was done in a manner which would facilitate later installation
of a new boiler and subsequent restoration to operating condition.
Original Central Pacific drawings of this class of locomotive
were available for reference at the California State Railroad
Museum.

1981-1983  

1981-1983 – V&T RR FREIGHT CARS

 

Flat Car No.162

 

Complete structural and operational restoration
of 1891 Virginia & Truckee Railroad built flat car No.162
(orig. 338) to c.1912 appearance. No.162 was completely rebuilt
using new material of like kind to that originally used for the
construction of the car. The remaining hardware was appropriate
for the period being interpreted and was used in the restoration.
The car was painted a dark mineral red with white lettering.

1982  

Box Car No. 1013

 

Complete structural restoration of 1874 Wells,
French & Co. Box Car to rebuilt 1917 appearance and operating
condition. The frame and some of the wall members were savable
and were used in the restoration. Because the car was built by
an eastern car building firm seasoned oak was used throughout
in its original construction. Restoration of the car required
the use of similar materials in all areas except the car’s exterior
siding which had been replaced with fir by the railroad as part
of normal maintenance during the car’s life.

1983  

Passenger Caboose No.9

 

Complete structural restoration of 1873 Kimball
Manufacturing Co. Passenger Caboose to new, as-placed-in-service,
appearance and operating condition. Some of the original frame
members and all remaining original hardware was preserved. Where
necessary new parts were fabricated, cast and/or machined. All
new redwood tongue and groove siding material was milled for
exterior and interior paneling. New doors and windows were made
and fitted with old “wavy” glass typical of that available
during the period. Replica door locks and window hardware items
were cast and finished using appropriate originals for patterns.
A fabricated lock seam, “tin plate” roof was applied
and the car finished in original colors with appropriate lettering
and striping.

1982-1983  

1982-1983 – Turntable

 

Designed and constructed wooden “Gallows”
turntable as part of the Nevada State Railroad Museum’s long
range development plan to establish an operating railroad at
the museum site. Design follows early Southern Pacific practices
and is similar to turntables originally used by the Virginia
& Truckee RR.

1982-1983  

V&T RR No. 22 “INYO”

 

Cosmetic and operational restoration of 1875
Baldwin 4-4-0 (orig. Virginia & Truckee RR No. 22 “INYO”)
to modified 1889 appearance. The locomotive had been extensively
modified during its years of railroad and movie studio service
and restoration required complete teardown and major reconstruction.
Boiler repairs included the fabrication and installation of a
new dry pipe and some staybolt work. The running gear was completely
stripped and overhauled. Replicas of the original side rods were
fabricated to replace the more modern replacements applied by
the railroad during the locomotive’s later years of service.
Fittings were fabricated and/or modified to represent the design
of the originals. The original walnut cab was restored. Replicas
of the V&T style smokestack and pilot were fabricated. A
replica of the brass Baldwin builder’s medallion was designed
and cast. The tender was completely rebuilt including the removal
of a railroad applied 5 inch addition to the tender tanks height.
All evidence of oil conversion was removed and an appropriate
8 inch Westinghouse air pump and air system applied. Wood lagging
and simulated Russia Iron jacketing were applied and the locomotive
meticulously painted, lettered and polished and placed in operation
in conformance with the safety requirements of the State of Nevada.
Original Baldwin drawings of this class of locomotive were available
for reference at the California State Railroad Museum.

1983  

V&T RR Box Car No.1005

 

Complete structural and operational restoration
of 1873 Central Pacific Railroad, Sacramento Shops built combination
box car to original as-placed-in-service appearance. The car
had been extensively modified over the years and required extensive
research of its remaining pieces to determine what was savable
and what was not. Box Car No.1005 is one of the very earliest
railroad freight cars in existence today.

1984-1985  

V&T RR Coach No.4 – Restoration

 

The crown jewel of the Nevada State Railroad
Museum’s collection, Coach No.4 has been restored to its c.1889
appearance and operating condition. Originally built by the Kimball
Manufacturing Co. of San Francisco in 1872, No.4 was totally
rebuilt by the V & T in 1874. Some of the original frame
and wall structure were savable all other structural elements
required replacement. The exterior siding was badly deteriorated
and had been replaced by the railroad after the turn of the century
thus requiring replacement. Approximately 80% of the interior
panelling was saved and reused. New doors, windows, blinds, flooring
and moldings were required. A ceiling cloth, hand painted in
oils was created and applied. Replica ceiling lamps were fabricated
using an original for design and pattern work. Miller hook platforms
and couplers were researched, designed and fabricated for this
car. This is the only example of this once standard coupler now
know to be in existence.

1982-1988  

C&TL&F Co. “GLENBROOK”

 

Cosmetic and operational restoration of 1875
Baldwin 36″ Gauge 2-6-0 (orig. Carson & Tahoe Lumber
& Fluming Co. “GLENBROOK”) to “As Built”,
1875, appearance. This locomotive was displayed out-of-doors
and unprotected from the elements for over 40 years and, as a
result, this project involves complete teardown and major reconstruction
including the installation of a new boiler. Progress has occurred
slowly on a time and materials basis as funding has become available
and time allowed. To date, the new boiler has been specified,
built and delivered and several fittings, appliances and jewelry
items such as the crosshead pump, whistle, builder’s plates and
spot plate have been restored or fabricated. Original Baldwin
drawings of this class of locomotive are available for reference
at the California State Railroad Museum.

1980-1988  

On-going Maintenance and Operation

 

As various pieces of the museum collection
were completed an annual operating schedule was developed which
required an on-going maintenance program be developed and implemented.

 


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