Restoration – April 30, May 1 and 2, 2011

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John LePrince with the head and tender lights he restored.

cabinonwheelsUnder the direction of Tom and Betty Dews the Olancha crew first mounted the cab on wheels to make it easy to move around. Next, they sandblasted it. You can see that, over the years, patchwork repairs resulted in a lot of butchery, so a welder was called in. Then came priming and painting. Then the accessories, which had been separately restored, were remounted. It’s a sure thing that no one alive has seen No. 18 in this condition.
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Our Eastern Sierra Museum crew, directed by Randy Babcock, sandblasted, repaired and painted the tender tanks, and are repairing the tender floor in preparation for painting and reassembly. As you can see a new section had to be measured, cut, drilled, welded, and painted.