This blog aims to follow the restoration of SRJ No. 16, later SJ No.33, by the Roslagsbanans Veterantågsforeningen in Stockholm, as well as our ongoing maintenance of a vintage train on the Roslagsbanan. This is a personal view of our activities, the official site of our group (in Swedish) is linked above.

Please note: all pictures on this blog are taken by me unless otherwise stated, and are copyright. If you wish to use them elsewhere, please contact me.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

No.33, doors seats and radiators

The current focus of activity is on fitting out the interior.  All but one door has been hung and work is focused on door furnature, making sure everything swings or slides smoothly, and glazing.  For what was a very basic 3rd class commuter railcar, there are still some nice ornate touches.

We have also test fitted one radiator with all the associated blocks, channels and spacers.

Spot the deliberate mistake?  No, we didn't either ...

The attachment point for the earth cable is at the other end of the radiator!  We will need to cut back the new cables and drill a new hole at the other end of the cable channels.

Everything in place, gives an idea of how things will look.  Trim to be added along the edge of the cable channels that run along the base of the walls, you can see the new wood on top.  The blocks on which the seats sit date from before our restoration at this end.  In the other saloon they are missing and we will have to make new.

Micke tests ot the newly installed seat.  We hadn't told him they were not screwed down yet ...

best regards and God Jul from Stockholm, George!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Catching up - again, the running fleet and other news

Our running fleet continues to operate satisfactorly.  Both railcars, carriage 880 and the f-class van were out on public service several weekends during the summer.  We then teamed up once more with the historic steamer Blidosund to provide a vintage round-trip with 35, below, providing the first leg, after which passengers transferred to a vintage bus before returning to Stockholm on Blidosund while eating dinner.  Once more I beleive these were well patronised trips so hopefully this arrangement will continue.

35 seems to have survived the year with minimum problems, not bad for a railcar over 80 years old!

Micke and Soren testing 35 during routine maintainance.

Despite being our youngest railcar, only 79 years old, 37 has the oldest electrics.  Both 33 and 35 were rebuilt in the 40s when the line voltage was upped from 7500 to 1500volts.  37 was new-built when this process was started and was built duel voltage, a capacity it still has but which can cause some problems.

One of the jobs carried out on 37 was to replace the emergancy lights.  I don't think these have ever worked under our stewardship.  They sit behind the panels over the sliding doors (you can see the slider at the bottom of the recess).  Originally they were connected to the rest of the carriage by the brass contacts on the left.  You can see the new wires coming in along the roof panel on the right and appearing around the right-hand piller.  We have left enough slack in the wires so the contacts are not necessary, and new LED emergancy lights are now fitted.

Our parent organisation has lost its home in the 1950s bus depot at the east end of Södermalm.  Unfortnatly their noew home is not yet started so the collection has gone into store out at Bromma airport.  They closed at the end of October and had to vacate the site by the end of November when the delevopers moved in.  We had a number of large electrical spares stored in a service tunnel under the museum so 4 of us spent an evening helping the museum staff out by moving them up to where they could be collected and moved to the new storage.  as you can see, clearance was a little limited!

We also rescued the original 1950s clock from the depot! Lasse fettled it up and we discovered the bolt holes on the clock lined up perfectly with a pair of bolts set in the wall of our workshop!  We think they originally carried the water supply from when this was a steam shed.  Some careful measurement to make sure we could still get No.33 out, then up it went!

Next up, some current progress on No.33.

best regards from Stockholm, George!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Catching up - again, No.33

A gentle prod from Pete Briddon (see links) reminded me that it has been over a year since I last updated this blog!  Thanks Pete!  All the usual excuses, a 14 month old child, a 109 year old ship and, of course, work on our 99 year old railcar. So, what have we been up to in the last 12 months?

Bengt and Lasse finished applying an 8th coat of varnish to the exterior, this railcar is going to glow when we get it out in the sunshine!

I moved on to the ceiling in B-end saloon, the last major area of the interior to require painting.  Note also that we have covered in old floorboards with a skin of hardboard in order to provide a clean and level surface to apply the lino.

Once I had finished throwing paint around, we refitted the luggage racks that Micke had been cleaning up and painting on the other side of the tracks.  This did require a little routing of the trim I had fitted between the wall and the ceiling.  The wall boards are new in this renovation, replacing 50s hardboard (as seen in B-end saloon) while the ceiling is original with hardboard removed.  Trying to line up the new trim with the surviving trim in B- end and the drivers compartments ment the luggage racks didn't line up with the 50s vintage holes, something I didn't spot at the time.  Easiest solution was to rout out a recess in the new trim

Luggage racks in place in A-end.

Exterior doors have been refitted with new rubber seals and new or renovated metal strips.

Lasse reattaching a renovated metal shield to the base of the door.

Interior doors are also being worked on.  Here a new (salvaged) oak strip at the base of the door.

In order to both expedeite  process as well as ensure a top quality job, we brought in an outside contractor to lay the lino throughout the railcar.  The results are well worth the expense. We are now under strict instruction to only step on the protective paper from now on! Henrik is refitting the last of the light fittings.

Interior doors going back in as well.  This is the door to B-end drivers compartment.

Passenger doors also being re-hung, here one of the NW corner (B-end) doors,

and here, complete, the SE corner pair.

Lasse and myself have been making up these oak blocks, again from salvaged timber, to space the radiators off the floor while others have been renovating, repainting and setting up the wiring for the radiators.

About those distractions.  I am also involved in the group that maintains and operates Constantia, a 109 year old Danish built schooner based in Stockholm.  Last winter saw the ship in dry dock for an extended period while we replaced a number of planks in the hull as well as renewed all the bulwarks.  We also re-caulked many of the seams, renovated the foremast and many of the blocks, had the propellor built-up with new bronze and machined back to size, and generally repainted and fettled the ship. Here she is under full sail doing approx. 11 knots during her first run out of the year in the outer Stockholm archipelago.

Myself at the helm, one of our regular captains looking on.  All the crew are professionally qualified and we even get paid to sail her when we are doing charter or kids sail training trips.   Not much but pays for the days we sail for ourselves! Note the T-shirt supporting another heritage sgip still in active service, the Glenelg Ferry, the worlds last turntable ferry

So I leave you with a picture of Constantia moored up for the night against a rock outcrop in the Stockholm Archipelago and a promise of more frequent updates!

best regards from Stockholm, George!