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.



April 6, 2006



April 6, 2006



March 4, 2006

Volunteers have begun the task of back-dating Chicago, Aurora & Elgin car #315 to its original exterior appearance. When built, the car had arched stained-glass windows on both the interior and exterior of the car. In later years the cars were 'modernized' and the exterior stained-glass removed. Luckily, our volunteers obtained windows from another CA&E car many years ago. Those windows are now being installed onto the outside of 315.

Exterior siding is removed to expose the interior stained glass windows.



Photo: J Salomon

March 4, 2006



February 3, 2006

The pace of our contract restoration of Johnstown trolley #355 seems to be accelerating and much progress has been made recently. Among many smaller tasks, contractor Lyons Industries of Ebensburg has completed installation of new steel side sheeting, created and installed new steel window posts, replaced wood and steel floor joists, installed all new airbrake piping, put in new power wiring, and applied a new canvas roof. The car exterior will soon be painted.

We are very pleased with the progress being made and offer thanks both to Lyons and their employees, and to our own volunteers who are still restoring wood, mechanical, and electrical components, plus managing the project and performing inspection and thankless recordkeeping tasks. We are tremendously excited at the prospect of having this great car back and in service soon!

An overall view shows the new steel sheeting applied to the car.

Photos: J Salomon



February 3, 2006



February 3, 2006



January 14, 2006

Work by our contractor on restoring our Johnstown trolley #355 is progressing very quickly. That's requiring us to come through with a variety of restored subcomponents for the car. The project manager assembled a gang of volunteers in his basement, fed them pizza , and ordered them to polish brass window frames all afternoon or they would be sent to Ebensburg in January.

Our infamous father/daughter team seem to be enjoying themselves.



January 14, 2006



August 11, 2007

Work continues on Chicago Aurora and Elgin 315 to remove 98 years worth of paint and prepare the surfaces for refinishing or repainting.

For a brief moment, we have a car 31 in the collection as the blue exterior paint is removed.

Photos: Chuck K.

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