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Restoration Update - March 26, 2004

Well things are looking up for X201 finally. After several months of building a house and getting moved in, I am beginning to direct my attention back to X201. I finished caulking all of the seems in the roof panels to ensure against leaks and corrosion. Surface rust has begun to bleed back through the Rust Penetrating Primer from ICI (Glidden/Devoe) that was applied in late 2002. So, I plan to coat again with the same red ICI (Glidden/Devoe)Alkyd Metal Primer that I have used on the majority of the car body. It seems to be holding up really well. I removed the "porthole" windows on the ends of the cab and sanded the end wall and door. The original red paint actually looked pretty good after the outer layer of dead paint was removed. Due to several nicks in the paint from possible road debris during X201's service with the SR, I decided to go ahead and prime this area as well. I plan to buff the aluminum "porthole" window frames, replace the bolts with stainless hex-head bolts, and replace the glass with Safety-plate sheet glass.

Upcoming work: swapping trucks

I plan to swap the friction journal trucks with a set of Barber-Bettendorf leaf spring type caboose trucks with roller bearings. For history's sake, the SR equipped the local "yellow-belly" cabs like X201 with used friction journal trucks upon their manufacture by Gantt Mfg. The "road" cabooses (X315 and higher) received the BB roller bearing trucks mentioned above. I will be swapping the trucks with another SR bay window "road" caboose (X458) owned by the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum. This will probably happen in April. I will document the swap with photos which will be posted here in the future

The stripped end of X201



The Removed Porthole Window Close-Up


The Disassembled Porthole Window


The Primed End of X201

The finished Porthole Window:




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