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August 14, 2005
If you are a regular reader, you know that Oporto trolley #172 has received an immense amount of work over the past several years. Though the car has been back in service for some time, it wasn't until Members' Day this year that we held an official celebration for its return to service.
The ceremony also celebrated completion of our new public restroom facilities, but we were unable to take them for a ride to Black Log Narrows!
172 pauses at Black Log Narrows terminal.
May 16, 2004
Trolley 172 returned to our museum last week, with new wheels and axles, a rebuilt truck, and reconditioned motors. We now need to complete its airbrake repiping, reassemble steps and hardware, and reinstall its air compressor (rebuilt some time ago). It also needs a helluva bath! It has taken quite a few years, but when all of this work is complete, 172 will be much more reliable than it has in years, and should be in regular public service.
Single-truck car 172 is pushed into Buehler Shop, demonstrating that its new wheels, gears, motors, and axles actually do turn as intended.
May 30, 2004
The airbrake system of trolley 172 has been almost completely replaced. As part of that work, the brake cylinder was cleaned and serviced. Worn and damaged piston parts were replaced with new items machined in our very own shop from 'space-age polymers'. Sometimes we really like space-age polymers!
A volunteer reinstalls the brake cylinder and connects air piping to it.