G.E.C's Eagle Projet

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by green_elite_cab, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    Yes, perhaps you vaguely remember me. I also always commented on your good work, and posted my pictures of my detailed models, but then one day *poof*.

    so where have i been?

    I've been preparing for my eagle project ( and dealing with school). So far though, i've gotten loads of work done.

    I've been helping my local railroad museum (the Pemberton Historic trust in Pemberton, NJ) but stabilizing their old CNJ wooden caboose. It is one of 2 left in the world as far as i know, the other being in Phillipsburg, NJ. I've also helped clean up around their rails to trails path
    Here is a picture of my caboose in June-

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    It looked like that for the past 15 years, and did until just last weekend, when work began on it. First, the museum volunteers pulled some panels and really rotted wood off to see how things were underneath. it looked like this until this morning, when this picture was taken.

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    most of the damage wasn't so bad, except for one spot under a window that must have been leaking a long time. In this spot, the wood had rotted a hole throught he caboose. fortuneately, it does not affect it's structural integrity, and so it will still stand. this will eventually recieve replacement wood.

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    By the end of the day, the caboose had most of one side's panel's removed.

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    While they worked on the caboose, one of the younger scouts scoured the grass with a magnet thing on a stick to pick up dropped nails. Unfortuneately, that was the closest we got to working on the caboose as it was today. During this time, we were prepping the caboose's new sides with primer.

    Yes, the primer is purple, so the caboose will be purple for a little bit, lol ( we will eventually paint red over it)

    In the background of this shot, you can see an old PRR NX23 cabin car. they are actually pretty unique, being "kitbashed" from a boxcar. There is also a PRR N5C behind me in the picture. I need to take more photos of the different stuff they have, which i will do tommorow when i get the new sides put up on the side of the caboose.

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    I've been told tommorow i can get a tour of the insides of the caboose, and i'll be sure to take pictures of the rest of the stuff
    Remember, even the smallest locomotives are still gargantuan (its a GE 100 ton switcher formerly from roebling steel)

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    I called the panel on the extreme right of this picture. Its scrap wood, but its the orignal side from world war two when the replaces the sheathing with plywood and batten. it still has the CNJ herald and road number if you look. If i'm lucky, i can take the red paint off the herald.

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    Chris
  2. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

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    Wow, that is really cool! What a great project to be associated with. How cool would it be to have a caboose in the backyard for a layout room? I've seen steel cabooses advertised in some of the magazines for $8000 if my memory serves. A caboose with a shelf layout all around the inside. Too cool.
  3. Gary S.

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    Oh... on another note, and not to hi-jack GEC's thread, and speaking of old rollingstock... the first home I ever bought was built in the 1940s. I was up in the attic one day and got to looking at the rafters and roof decking. The boards were actually tongue and groove lumber, in the neighborhood of 2" x 8"s. To my surprise, there were "data" markings and such, capacities and weights. This was lumber that came from boxcars! I didn't see any logos are reporting marks, but I am certain this was from old rollingstock. Back in the 40s, they pretty much used whatever they could get their hands on.

    Now back to GECs report...
  4. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

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    The project you're working on is super!

    Gary S., that's right, I've seen the little black and white, square add too.
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    That is a fine project! Best wishes as you advance toward the Eagle award!
    Ralph
  6. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    well, i got some new pictures for you guys. I finished one whole side, and tommorow, the rest will be complete.


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    that is the bad corner. ALL of the wood there has rotted, and that silver stuff is the interior wall of the caboose. Luckil, that cann all be fixed from the inside. I just need to put in the main support studs and thigns so that i can attach the remaining two pannels, and their battens. We did cover over the windows, but they will cut those out from the inside at some point as well. we joked that we'd make fake window frames and just put the sunshades/window grates overit and no one would know.


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  7. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Excellent! Things are happening! Keep up the good work!
    Ralph
  8. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Cool!!! Really Great!!!!
  9. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

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    Wow! You guys are making great progress.
  10. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

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    Cool. I always wanted a caboose in my back yard...

    (wonders how it would get there...hmmmmm...)
  11. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    Yep, i just finished the otherside today. my fingers are still numb! its a shame its to cold to paint it red, or put on Central of NJ decals.
  12. CNWman

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    Flatbed truck, Twin-propeler hellicopter, teleporter, overly large crane, underground tunnel system...:p
  13. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    "Sky" hook.... sorry - Just HAD to!!!!! sign1sign1sign1sign1
  14. MilesWestern

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  15. CNWman

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    Oh yeah, frogot to add Deano's hands!:mrgreen:
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  16. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

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    That's a great pic CNWman! LOL!
  17. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

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    That was Deano's winning shot in the "out of the ordinary" contest
  18. Mauiman

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    Well I am glad to see that a caboos is getting restored. Good work on it and hope to see the finished project when it is completed.
  19. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    It is done. I just need to upload pictures. Its still purple, because its to cold to paint it now, but it will not fall apart any further now. there is still alot of work to make it truely beautiful, but for now, it has the strength to last another 50 years.
  20. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    Well, i know this is old, but i finally did achieve my Eagle Scout rank tonight! that board of review had me worried!

    here are some pictures of the finished product that i forgot to post 2 months ago....

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