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Update on Scranton Transit #505
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Author:  Scranton505 [ Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Update on Scranton Transit #505

Yesterday was a big step forward for the #505 group. After much planning, the car body was moved from Scranton to the Stourbridge Railroad shops in nearby Honesdale, PA. Stourbridge is skilled in heavyweight passenger car repair and is able to offer many services that we need (including woodworking and hot riveting) to get #505 back in shape.

Northeast Pennsylvania was blessed with above average temperatures last week so we took advantage of the good weather and made arrangements to have the car moved. Road Scholar Transport of Dunmore, PA arrived at the Trolley Works at PNC Field with a drop deck trailer and the ECTM shop crew got to work.

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Strapped down and ready to go, Car #505 passes Car #324, the only other known Scranton passenger car still in existence. Car #324 has been under restoration for several years and is nearing completion.

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After arriving at the Stourbridge facility in Honesdale, slings were secured to the bolsters and the car body was carefully lifted off of the drop deck trailer.

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With the trailer out of the way, one end of the body is lowered onto a bogey cart. The lift is repositioned and car #505 is carefully guided into the shop.

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And there you have it, a smooth and successful move thanks to Road Scholar Transport and the crews at ECTM and Stourbridge. We will be posting updates as work progresses so stay tuned. As always, donations are greatly appreciated - the Electric City Trolley Museum Association is a 501 (c)(3) educational non-profit and our Paypal handle is Trolley505@yahoo.com

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For video please see: https://wnep.com/2019/02/09/trolley-res ... ing-moves/

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Author:  Scranton505 [ Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Update on Scranton Transit #505

UPDATE: It has taken nearly a year but we are (finally!) ready to move past the steel replacement phase of the project. Stourbridge has done a phenomenal job of replicating and installing the new side sheets. This was accomplished in the same manner as the car was built; full sheets hot riveted at the factory seams - no patchwork.

During this process, we came across some old accident damage from when the car was still in service. Fortunately we had a full section of bulkhead from Queensboro car 601 to replace the damaged piece. Otherwise the work was straight forward and went smoothly. The result is truly amazing.

We are currently quoting for the car's woodwork and hope to move onto the next phase of restoration soon. With any luck, she'll be looking a lot more like a trolley in the near future. If you haven't supported us before, please consider doing so. We gladly accept any amount though PayPal at trolley505@yahoo.com.

Thanks and stay tuned,
The Project 505 Committee


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