Lettering AT&SF 999952

Lettering is one of the most important components of restoring a railroad car. It is also one of the hardest and most labor-intensive restoration activities. To me, nothing ruins a nice restoration like incorrect lettering done with the wrong font. So, that begs the question – how do you do …

The Engine Chronicles , Part 1

A couple weeks back, we decided it was time to begin work on George’s engine. So, on a nice evening, the girls and I went up to the garage and started the disassembly. First order of business was to remove the cylinder head, which took about five minutes using the …

Santa Fe 999952 is red again

Some significant progress was made on former Santa Fe caboose 999952 last week. The first step was to repaint the exterior of the car (well, actually, the first step was to trace all of the lettering, but we’ll cover that next time). Painting was done over a period of several …

AT&SF Caboose 999952

My latest outside project is refurbishing former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe caboose 999952 for the Atchison Railroad Museum in Atchison, Kansas. AT&SF is an iconic Santa Fe cupola caboose built in 1949 as No. 2207 and retired in 1982. Around 1970, the Santa Fe gave several of its older …

George goes to his first car show

The town that my wife’s aunt lives in (Seneca, Kansas, about 50 miles west of us) has an annual Cruise Night and car show that we have been going to for the past few years. The cruise night is Saturday night, with the car show on Sunday morning. We had delusions …