Flying Yankee Restoration Group, Inc. Newsletter
May/June2011
     
                                                                                               
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GRAND OPEN HOUSE - JUNE 11TH, 2011

10 AM TO 4 PM

TOUR THE INTERIOR OF THE FLYING YANKEE

SIT IN THE COMPLETELY RESTORED SEATS - VIEW THE COMPLETION OF THIS WINTER'S WEATHERIZING PROJECT - WINDOWS & DOORS REPLACED

MONITORS INSTALLED AND OPERATIONAL 

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 Another "Milestone" for the Flying Yankee!  The "Weatherization Project" has been declared "substantially complete" by the New Hampshire   DOT.
  
On Wednesday, 5/25/11, Lou Barker (NH DOT), Ben Clark (Plymouth & Lincoln RR), Steve Taylor (Vice Chairman FYRG) toured the Flying Yankee after the hatch cover had been set in place, for the purpose of viewing the "finished product" and creating a punch list of possible oversights or omissions.  The "tour" was led by Marty Noble, Ben's leading hand on this project.  The following items were highlighted and explained during the walk through.
  
Roof leaks -  holes and penetrations have been filled or sealed and 2 coats of aluminum colored sealer have been applied to the total roof area of all 3 cars.
                                        
Glazing - all windows and trim are in place and sealed.  All glass is to FRA specifications.  Exceptions are exterior door lights (windows) are polycarbonate or "Lexan".  This follows the practice adopted in earlier work performed by C&C and is viewed as temporary pending further funding. 
  
Car exterior doors - the two missing "C" car doors were retrieved from storage and rehung with with new stainless steel hinges, threaded fasteners, and weather stripping.  All the door hardware (including the Baggage, Galley, Engineer's, and Conductor's) has been made operational with the exception of keying.  The linkage for the entrance doorway folding steps, has been located, installed, and properly adjusted to work as designed (all 3 cars are functional).  The folding entrance floor plates (that cover the steps when the doors are closed) are in place again for all 3 cars with all the original hardware and functional. 
  
Several pieces of complicated, scalloped (to match the fluting on the side panels), polished stainless trim for the door jambs could not be located and had to be recreated using plasma cutting, meticulous matching and drilling of mounting holes. 
May 2011 Door RepairOn the bottom of the interior of each exterior door, there had been a stainless trim panel approximately 10 inches high that covered the width of each door.  Eight of these were missing, having been replaced with a makeshift "Masonite" panel.  These panels were obviously not "original equipment"  and were delaminated as well as unsightly.  The need for for replacement was absolutely necessary.  As only one of these trim sheets was found in the storage trailers, Ben turned to Wilco Direct in Littleton, NH to provide replacements using the "sample" as template.  The resulting installation is extremely satisfactory! 
  
Between the cars, where the original "Bellows" or Diaphragms were installed, Ben and Marty designed and installed an industrial grade rubberized fabric cover on a wooden framework to make the vestibules weather tight and inaccessible from the outside.  This is critical as the 2 missing original vestibule car doors are deemed "non-repairable" due to excessive rust in to the bottom of the doors.  NOTE:  one of the original Directors has advised us that the 2 car end doors that are in place on the "B" car are in fact new doors.  The originals were also considered not repairable by C&C and new ones were fabricated at the time the "B" car was completed by them. 
  
Ben has consulted with a local locksmith that relates that he (the locksmith) feels he can get the blanks necessary to make new keys for these locks (they are all keyed alike).  For now, Marty Noble has come up with a method to lock up the Flying Yankee utilizing a "custom" hasp and padlock that will utilize existing bolt holes on the "A" Car door (at the entrance ramp) without compromising the original skin or requiring a later repair.  NOTE:  with the steps retracted, the doors closed, and the floor plates down, it is not possible to open the car doors from the outside.
The schedule for the 25th involved the crane from Taillon Crane Service to arrive in the morning to make a couple of lifts for the crew at Plymouth & Lincoln RR and then be available to start the installation of the engine hatch cover of the Flying Yankee.  Unfortunately, an obligation of my own business kept me from arriving on scene until 11:00AM and found the hatch cover in place, the crane getting ready to travel, and Ben's crew starting to replace the cover.  Regretably, this means there are no pictures of the actual lift.  There are pictures of the crew restoring the cover, and some of the interior of the Engine Room with the hatch cover in place.May 2011 Roof Cover Replaced  
  
Getting the hatch cover to fit properly took some adjusting and "tweaking" of the "A" car as the roof opening was a little out of square and not in the proper plane (twisted in relation to a perfectly horizontal, flat plane).  With the use of Taillon Crane's hydraulic equipment, the two crews working together were able to bring the hatch cover and the car opening in to alignment that allowed the bolt holes to line up properly.  Another tough job handled professionally and in a timely manner.  Although by this time all the hatch bolts are in place, the original gasketing is no longer adequate to achieve a 100% watertight seal.  Some temporary caulking will be necessary to seal the joint line until the cover is removed again for the power plant replacement.
  
It must be noted that the Plymouth & Lincoln RR mechanics, let by Marty Noble, Bob Rolando, and Mike Goodin  have done a great job on this restoration/preservation project while overcoming some very though and demanding conditions.  One of the toughest tasks was crawling through the storage containers searching for parts.  Every one of Ben's crew that has come in contact with this project has been extremely professional and adept at their work and has endeavored to get the most accurate rendition of the "Original" Concept possible while sticking within the budget.  Thanks guys!
  
The Plymouth & Lincoln crew has also cleaned up the entire area with sweeping and raking around and under the Flying Yankee.
  
As further testimony to Ben Clark's commitment to the Flying Yankee restoration project - by his preliminary calculations, the "Budget" ran out  about Monday (5/23) but said he and his crew would stay at it until the end of the week to finish up and complete the minor punch list that was developed "even if it came out of his pocket".  If any of our readers are visiting this summer and you run into any of the "crew" or Ben, please convey your thanks and appreciation to them.  They would greatly appreciate the acknowledgement.
May 2011 Partially exposedA round of applause is also due to NH DOT, for not only securing the grant money to fund this project but for making it a priority in their schedule to work with Ben Clark to do all they could to keep the project moving smoothly.
  
Although the "Tent" could not be removed at this time and is a large disappointment to us all, it will give us an opportunity to solve some of the side issues that will occur with the removal of the covering structure.  We must be concerned with the "under-train" access that will become available when the cover is permanently removed.  We need to protect against souvenir hunters, malicious vandalism, and the chances of personal injury.  The constant fading effects of the sun on the upholstery must now be considered and protected against.  Having the car interiors secured against unauthorized entry seems to be well in hand as is the vermin, bug, and water penetration problems.
  
Come and join us at any of the Open Houses this summer and view the progress.
  
Prepared by:
Stephen B. Taylor,
Vice Chairman
Flying Yankee Restoration Group, Inc.   
   
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                              1932 Lincoln Zephyr

 A LINCOLN "FEST" IN LINCOLN - THAT'D BE A "HOOT"

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FROM FLYING YANKEE TO PIONEER

THE SPELL IS THE SAME FROM THE INGENUITY OF THE TIMES

TO THE "BEAUTY OF THE BEAST" 

 

A CHALLENGE WELL MET  -  A CHALLENGE WE'LL MEET