Thisemail is one of our occasional updates on operation,
maintenance and restoration of OERM' s collection of Los
Angeles (and other) electric railway equipment. If you know
someone who would like to be added to the list, please have
them email me. Additional information about the Museum and its
collections (including lots of photos) are available on our
website: http://www.oerm.org/ .
Weekly update lists from OERM are also available for diesel
locomotive maintenance (Dave Althaus) and for our 3-foot steam
narrow gauge collection (Bill Barbour).
Last weekend I was up in Northern California attending the
memorial service for the late Cam Beach. The event was held at
Western Railway Museum, where Cam had recently been Board
Chair. It was a very nice service, and it concluded with a
ride on one of Cam's favorite streetcars, the Museum's nicely
restored Muni PCC. Cam will certainly be missed, as evidenced
by the large turnout of friends for the service.
The visit also afforded an opportunity to spend some time in
their very nice library and have some further discussions with
their members on how they have laid out their archives. The
following day I visited the Nevada State Railroad Museum in
Carson City and had a chance to see the amazing restoration of
their V&T McKeen motor car (see pictures below).
LATL 3100-The repainting of LATL 3100 is moving right along.
As of Saturday, the car was completely in gray primer with
Greg doing final sanding and taking care of final detail
body filler work (see photo). The battery doors are also
back on and once again have the right shape. The two bumpers
are off-property for sandblasting. Dave Garcia is obtaining
the paint. The car will be returning to its LATL "fruit
salad" paint scheme, but Dave has directed us towards the
1948 LATL "Spanish Yellow" instead of the later "School Bus
Yellow" that we're more familiar with on the 3100 (until
now) and cars 1423 and 1450. The Spanish Yellow is what was
used on our restorations of car 1160 and Line Car 9350.
Here's what we
came up with to start. I've included the old DuPont Dulux
paint numbers that we have on file, although today that's
probably fairly meaningless:
Circa 1918- Mild
Canary Yellow (no sample available) (Chocolate Brown trim,
Dulux #7502D) 1925- first spray
painting, Chrome Yellow (Dulux #5790-D), brown trim 1936- Chrome Yellow
remains the same, Black and Silver (aluminum) replace the
Brown trim. 1938- PCC cars get
Chrome Yellow with Lemon Yellow (Dulux #34982D) above the
window sill line. OERM has an original LARy "Chrome
Yellow" chip from the motor coach division. Believed to be
identical to the streetcar division Chrome Yellow. Paint
for recent work on PCC car 3001 was matched to this Jan 10, 1945- LATL
Takes Over, shortly thereafter Light Olive (LATL Exterior
Green) becomes trim color, with Chrome Yellow remaining
the same, 1948- LATL
introduces "Fruit Salad" colors. Spanish Yellow with LATL
Exterior Green trim. OERM has good color chip for this,
made from original LATL paint many years ago. Circa 1958- LATL
began buying paint from Andrew Brown paint company
(Brolite), who supplied "California School Bus Yellow".
This was a slightly darker (more orange) yellow. LA PCC
car 3100 is said to still wear this paint, having been
painted late in the LATL era circa 1958.
There may also have been
some other subtle variations in the yellow here and there,
and of course there were a variety of different roof
colors applied, and then there was the MTA green towards
the end of the streetcar era. We'd appreciate hearing from
you if you have corrections, or just more information
relating to the evolution of the paint schemes.
LARy 3072- Gary Starre has been working
on organizing the move of PCC 3072 (Jack Richer's old car) to
the Museum from its current home in Inyokern, more to follow
LATL 2601- Harry Pederson continues work on the door
Smith Carhouse (4)- Since our
last report, Zeke Hastings and helpers have gotten more
concrete floor installed. Doug Ward also installed quite a
bit of the new air piping, and Ralph Nenn has continued
his efforts on getting the place cleaned up. (see photos).
Library & Archives- Thanks to our
colleagues at the Western Railway Museum for sending me back
from my recent visit with a large stack of Pacific Electric
and LA Railway maps and timetables and other paper items.
This is the latest in a series of small trades of surplus
items between our two groups. Thanks also to Aaron Isaacs
and our friends at the Minnesota Transportation Museum for
sending us a nice collection of PE, LARy and even a few
H&N photos. Thanks also to Greg Vaughn for donating
several bound volumes of Railway Gazette and Railway Age.
Our next monthly Archives meeting is scheduled for this
coming Monday, July 11.
1) and 2) LATL 3100 is now in
3) and 4) progress in the Smith Carhouse (4)- more concrete
flooring has been poured!
5) Ralph Nenn poses with some of the new air piping that Doug
Ward recently installed along the wall in the Smith Carhouse
6) thru 8) some shots of the amzing restoration of the V&T
McKeen motor car at Nevada State Railroad Museum. I remember
visiting it years ago when it was a hardware store in Carson
City. The museum has done an incredible job in bringing this
amazing piece of Nevada history back to life!
MATERIAL DONATIONS WANTED (also check out our on-line
want list at: http://www.oerm.org/pages/wishlist.html)
1) We need a new self-dumping hopper for trash collection
duty. This is the kind you attached to the forklift, and one
person can "pull the pin" from the ground and the hopper
unloads into the big roll-off dumpsters we have out back.
Something like the Stor-Quip Premium Series, 2,000 lb.
2) We could use a few more 20 and / or 40 foot shipping
containers in decent condition.
3) Although we are flush with cross pieces and wide uprights,
we need narrow uprights (less than 40" depth) to fit against
the walls inside the Ruffulo Carhouse.
4) We could use a new crop of gardening tools, especially good
5) We need 3-wire extension cords in all lengths!
6) We could use a small couch in good condition for the back
room in the Museum Director's office.
Contact me via email if you can provide any of the above.
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