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, …