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Image JPEG image 1101 at TARC
We picked up 1101 in December after a Thanksgiving auction. This is what twenty five years of service will do. Not bad overall...
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Almost finished Roadside
We are almost done with the roadside work. Blue tape marks are 'Sallys' (oopses) that we have to revisit. That is turning into one pretty trolley.
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Cardinal Express
One of the really cool things about this is that all of the original signage (from 1987, the year after the Louisville Cardinals won the National Basketball Campionship) is still with the Trolley. We even have the Cardinal Express destination sign. What a great way to show off your pride in the Cards and Lady Cards. One day (when we grow up) we want to carry the Cards in the Derby Parade.
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Checking the guys work.
Porthos, Aramis, and........ Charlene?? Well somebody has to make sure they do it right to the proper degree. The three Musketeers 'aren't completely domesticated, you know'.
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Door detail work
The back door had to be carefully restored. Ralph did the wood repair work and Andrew is doing the finish work. See firefighters do all kinds of good things.
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Front Streetside View
Molly is a classic Toonerville II complete with original mahogany wood trim outside and in, brass buttons, lamp house, and bell. How fun is that?
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It gets prickly
As we work our way around the exterior, we begin to appreciate how much character the mahogany adds to the trolley overall. After removing the skirt wood and the middle wood, the whole trolley looks like a porcupine. All the pop rivets that held the wood on are sticking out of the skin. A crew clips the rivets and punches them back through the outer skin. I know... TMI...
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Metal Meister
Metalwork is a science and an art. Throw in a polar pop, rust, dirt and some rock & roll and you can get a feel for what is going down as Randy sets up his welding rig to stabilize some of the framework steel. Man, he is good!
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Now we are in business!
The Louisville Trolley artwork comes in and gets added on. This was one of those "Wow! We are really gonna make it." moments. See all those dots? yup.. we are getting down to the Brass Tacks (buttons?) whatever.. Molly has 500 brass earrings. Classy! or Goth, or more TMI.
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Oohh.... Shiny!!!!
We reattached the side brass which has been cleaned, polished and lacquered. This keeps getting 'purtyer and purtyer'.
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