A bit of Atchison Railroad history saved

Like many cities and towns of its size, Atchison, Kansas was once home to s street railway system. Based from their carbarn, located just east of the northeast corner of 10th and Main Streets, the electric power street cars plied the streets of Atchison for many years in the first …

A new floor for Atchison’s Army boxcar

Astute readers will notice that there has been quite a delay in installments on the Army Boxcar project. Thankfully, the delay has only been in my writing about it, not the actual work on the car. The car has been done for several months now. Anyway, continuing with the story …

Starting work on Atchison’s Army Boxcar – fixing the walls.

The first step in actually working on the car was to replace the four worst wall panels. The side walls are constructed of 4’ wide ¾” thick sheets of plywood bolted to the steel frame of the wall. Luckily, the wall panels were just over seven feet tall, so standard …

A restoration plan for Atchison’s Army boxcar

After assessing the car’s overall condition, the next step was to develop some sort of plan for the restoration work. The roof is probably the most critical part of the car’s restoration, as the lack of a good roof has been responsible for almost all of the car’s deterioration. Paradoxically, …

Atchison’s Army Boxcar – The starting point

Mechanically speaking, Atchison’s Army Boxcar is in excellent condition. It saw very little use so there is little wear to the wheels or couplers. Even the original brake shoes exhibit almost no wear. The metal portions of the car’s structure are in equally good shape, with only some surface rust. …