Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hot rivet action at Thomaston Shop

Restoration work continues on our ex-Canadian National heavyweight coaches. These pictures show museum volunteers Jon Chase and Dan Ditullio installing rivets in new end sheets on coach 5805. The process involves heating the rivets, driving and bucking them (with two rivet guns), inserting the red-hot rivet with rivet tongs and getting the air-powered rivet gun onto the head and driving the rivet. These photos were provided by Howard Pincus.

Elsewhere inside Thomaston Shop, we find FL9 2019 (former New Haven 2049) and RS-3 529 are stablemates awaiting service. Looks like a scene from the 1960s!