Friday, July 21, 2017

DRGW Flatcar 6206 Enters Passenger Service

A quick summary of flatcar 6206 at the MCRR:

For details about the refurbishing of 6206 and 6216, see:

A large portion of the conversion project's lumber was cut at Nelson S's sawmill in March. Additional finished lumber purchased from a lumberyard, transported to Mt. Pleasant, and loaded onto the flatcar. Numerous wood working tools were moved into the shop.

The specialty lumber cut at Nelson's mill was moved from its location in the south station into the shop.

Roger R., Konnor S., and Brian B.prepare some of the boards for the benches.

This scene was taken from the loft over the office looking down into the shop's pit track. There are at least 10 MCRR volunteers at work!

Dustin B. carefully marks a board before cutting.

Kendall O. measures one of the uprights.

The welding table, usually with a wide assortment of things that should be somewhere else, has the plans and bolt & nut packages for the benches. Several random tools and a piece of wood are placed on the table for effect.

Stakes are custom fitted into the stake pockets. The stakes will provide the support for the sidewalls and an anchor point for the benches.

Rex F. and Jesse V. apply paint to the edges of the cut boards. Apparently, the slow drying paint was the only serious problem for the entire project.

Griffin W. glances at Brian B's handiwork.

The pieces for one of the dozens of bench brackets.

Dustin B. drills holes for the bolts which fasten the bench brackets together.

A partial set of bench brackets.

More bench brackets.

A view of all the stakes in their respective pockets, some discussion of the horizontal side boards, and drilling of holes for fastening the side boards to the stakes. .

Assembling the "A" end of the benchwork.

The flatcar's right side has all the side boards fastened in place.

Some of the side boards were slightly warped causing them to lift the stakes out of the pockets. Dave O. fabricates a giant "washer" which was placed under several of the stakes to anchor them in their pockets.


Ready to assemble the "B" end.

Lunch time!

Assembling the benches.

Photos courtesy Matt W., Joan M., Elliot H.