Edmundston Blog: 10 May 2018 (part 1)
Edmundston Blog: 10 May 2018 – part 1
It’s been almost a year since the last update on our sleeping car, Edmundston. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy! George Johnstone spent much of the summer and fall working on the sleeper, removing the radiators to allow for installation of HEP (Head End Power) heater bars. Dan and Jordan helepd out when they could.
Right from when we bought Edmundston we knew that Roomette 9 was going to have problems. The floor flet a bit… spongy. When it rains you can see why – there is a water leak somewhere around that roomette. This seems to be a common problem in E sleepers. Our friend, Richard Longpre, had a similar leak in his sleeper, Exeter.
Dan, Jordan and George spent considerable time stripping the affected roomette and the adjacent lower, Roomette 11, to enable the leak to be repaired.
We also continued our deconstruction of the bathroom end. While the walls had come down earlier, the floor also needed to be removed so we could make repairs to the structure.
The corrosion at the bathroom end was even more serious than we anticipated. This end will require a complete rebuild.
Mike joined us for the first time in August and we pulled out the blower motor for rebuilding. This motor is in great condition but it needs to be rewound for AC. That first required removing it from the ceiling, and it’s not exactly a featherweight.
First Gomez Had to disconnect the motor.
Getting up into the ceiling, Gomez could see where previous corrosion repairs had been made (on the right) and where there was a new hole waiting to be fixed (on the left). It is pretty clear that keeping Edmundston free of leaks is going to be a life-long game of whack-a-mole.
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