Back to a “new” old Home

Back to a “new” old Home

So I just get everyone introduced to the Society’s storage site at the Lackawanna County Recycling Center, and… we’ve relocated again.
We had to move out for the best of reasons — resumption of rail shipments from the Recycling Center.

So we’re back in “Maple Grove” — the former Murray Plant at the extreme south end of South Washington Avenue. Guess we will need to complete that trackwork we left off with!

We have had a lot of “stuff” going on in the background, and we’ve been bad about keeping everyone updated. SO here goes some quick notes, and I hope to get something of a newsletter out in the next couple weeks to talk about some of things we have in the works. But in the meantime, we have had some good things going on, which in the next few nights I’ll be touching on.
But for now, let’s talk about the most immediate issue:

The Evaporator Strikes Back!

The business end of the very large Evaporator core for Diner 469. This unit spans the area over the entrance at the bar end of the Dining Room
The business end of the very large Evaporator core for Diner 469. This unit spans the area over the entrance at the bar end of the Dining Room

Just when things were going well during the “luncheon for the “Phoebe Snow Gala”, we noticed a hazy look to the dining room….

Well, it seems the Budd Company figured the evaporator core would outlast the service life of the Diner, so in designing the Air Conditioning system, they just plain built the car around the Air conditioning system. Can’t say that they were wrong – we’re now 70 years into a 20-year service life on the car, so we can’t really complain that a solder joint on the evaporator core let go! Sure gave us a thrill, though.

So our immediate task is to pull out the evaporator core for inspection/repair or replacement. We will need the cars operational by the end of the month. WE will be meeting at the cars in “Maple Grove” on Saturday, May 7, 10AM-ish (remember, most of us travel quite a distance!). While only a couple people can work on the evaporator at a time, there are other things that need attention on the cars, as well. If you need directions or have questions, do not hesitate to contact John Isaksen at (973) 618-6689.

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