Jamestown Street Railway
Trolley Car #93
Restoration Project

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PROGRESS 2014...
  • December 2013, Trolley 93 is moved to the Gateway Train Station.

    Trolley at Station
  • June 2014, restoration has actually begun! Jim Mitchener starts working on Trolley 93, levels it up on blocks and peels off some of the tattered exterior.

    Trolley at Station
  • June 2014, Trolley 93 has to be torn down before it can be built back up.

    Trolley at Station
  • June 2014, Jim peels off the floor covering exposing a wood floor in pretty good shape.

    Trolley at Station
  • June 2014, Bob removes the interior ceiling panels and Jim starts getting the roof arch restored using floor jacks. To be reinforced later.

    Trolley at Station
  • June 2014, Bob removes the roof canvas.

    Trolley at Station
  • June 2014, access ramp started thanks to wood donated by Fancher Chair and metal donated by Jamestown Boiler / Jamestown Steel Service Center.

    Trolley at Station
  • July 2014, Sides had a bit of a bow to them. Jim Mitchener uses clamps, 4 by 6's, and pounding on the trolley perimeter's steel "girdle" to put it straight.

    Trolley at Station
  • July 2014, Jim decides to keep the one front post and removes the other three.

    Trolley at Station
  • July 2014, Jim makes 3 replacement posts using the old ones as patterns.

    Trolley at Station
  • July 2014, Jim puts in front post number 2.

    Trolley at Station
  • July 2014, Front post number 3 goes in...

    Trolley at Station
  • July 2014, Front post number 4 and base for the cabinet over entry door go in.

    Trolley at Station
  • July 2014, Jim repairs modifications made to the top of the entry door when 93 was a hunting camp.

    Trolley at Station
  • July 2014, Jim makes a jig and tackles the crushed roof structure.

    Trolley at Station
  • July 2014, Roof bracing is in.

    Trolley at Station
  • July 2014, Roof crown restored! Still going to need work though...

    Trolley at Station
  • July 2014, On to the back!

    Trolley at Station
  • July 2014, Bob grinds off the rivets holding the back panel on, and off it comes.

    Trolley at Station
  • July 2014, Jim makes the right rear post, the other 3 rear posts will remain.

    Trolley at Station
  • August 2014, Rear post is in.

    Trolley at Station
  • August 2014, Jim starts piecing the front end back together.

    Trolley at Station
  • August 12, 2014, Bob paints the tub. He'd already painted the frame and himself... Jim stays home today, HAPPY 86th BIRTHDAY JIM!
    (Although he might be building a trolley window at home...)

    Trolley at Station
  • August 2014, A little more Pushing and Pulling #93 back into shape.

    Trolley at Station
  • August 2014, Jim splices compromised side posts and threatens me with a "gun" if I don't stop taking pictures of him.

    Trolley at Station
  • August 2014, More front pieces go on, new window frame put in place.

    Trolley at Station
  • August 2014, Back pieces go on.

    Trolley at Station
  • September 2014, The nightmare begins. The boards supporting the metal side panel bottoms need to be "butchered" to fit all the rivet / hardware parts that protrude from the bottom of the frame. Put it on take it off, put it on take it off... until finally it fits.

    Trolley at Station
  • September 2014, Side panel ribs tightened into place.

    Trolley at Station
  • September 2014, More front pieces.

    Trolley at Station
  • September 2014, Whoops, another side post splice.

    Trolley at Station
  • September 2014, First bent wood roof repair.

    Trolley at Station
  • September 2014, Life size banner of #93 created and donated by Hanson Sign Companies, Falconer New York, gives us a look at what is to come!

    Trolley at Station
  • September 2014, Bent wood roof repair on front before.

    Trolley at Station
  • September 2014, Bent wood roof repair on front after. Wet towel used to make it easier to bend the wood.

    Trolley at Station
  • September 2014, Bob hugs the trolley.

    Trolley at Station

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