Car Preservation & Restoration

Here are some images of our car acquisition, preservation and restoration activities. Choose different cars from the drop-down list to see a particular car's restoration photos. Most of the time, clicking on an image will result in a larger version being displayed.



With no real heat in the shop, Valerie and Judy still volunteered a few hours of removing paint from our 100 year old interurban car.



Calling all woodworkers! The Central of Georgia Caboose entered the shop late in 2009 for renovation. Volunteers use this vehicle as a bunkhouse for overnight stays.

Volunteers began the removal of the rotten plywood siding in February.



The rotted siding is removed from the caboose revealing some structural woodwork that is required.



Our Johnstown 355 had worn pinion gears. All four pinion gears were replaced with less effort than was originally anticipated, once the tricks were discovered.

After the removal of the old gear, the new pinion was boiled in hot water to expand it. The enlarged gear would then slide over the tapered shaft with ease. Matt looks over the "cooking" pinion gear.



Henry assesses the work that is required for replacing the rotted main beam on the lower portion of the caboose.



The bull gear is mounted on the axle.



We have made good progress on our 101 year old interurban recently.

The anti-climber was recently separated from the bumper, cleaning out the decades of corrosion between the two.



...as a vintage rivet heater was fired to heat the rivets used in riveting the anti-climber to the bumper of 315.



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