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November 27, 2016 – Union, IL – After 30 years of sitting outside, the Dynamometer car X-5000 is now inside its new home in Barn 11 (112 track) at the Illinois Railway Museum, along with other Milw equipment. A big thank you to MRHA and IRM and all who donated to get the equipment inside and preserved.
Chuck Trabert spent the day replacing the face on the bottom half of one of the side door 16 gauge sheet metal panels on the Milwaukee Road Dynamometer car and also replaced all three deceslostat air brake hoses and fittings. Pauline Trabert took pictures and helped Chuck as much as possible.
Thanks to MANY volunteers, we were able to run the Dyno on Sept. 14-15 and 22nd, 2013. We began plans to ready the car for service after Laddie Vitek from the IRM Diesel Dept. inquired in mid-July if we could run the car for folks visiting IRM post-MRHA convention in Rockford on Sept. 22. We agreed it would be a great idea and then also chose to run it Museum Showcase Weekend as well (Sept 14-15).
From July-Sept we would spent several weekends removing no longer needed items aboard the car clearing out space on the car for riders and getting the necessary repairs made and the necessary systems working. Getting the car ready to be run will be a separate blog post in and by itself that encompassed many weekends.
The car performed flawlessly Members Showcase Weekend and Sun 9/22/13.
The following people at IRM helped make this happen: Chuck Trabert, Pauline Trabert, Laddie Vitek, Adam Farance, Jeron Glander, Paul Sawicki, Bob Olson, Jamie Kolanowski, myself, Warren Newhauser, and a few others.
This year railfans will have the opportunity to ride the Dyanamometer car at the Illinois Railway Museum on Sept 14, 15 and 22, 2013, pending successful running gear and air brake inspections, of course. The car is expected to be moved to Yard 3 Labor Day weekend or the weekend after and the inspections then made by Mike Baksic, Head of the Coach Dept. It may be paired behind new operational MILW E9 #37A.
The last time the car ran and was open to the public was in June 2007 after the MRHA convention in nearby Elgin.
Since 2007, much restoration work has been done. The interior is starting to take shape again with many wood-related repairs and the electrical system in now almost fully operational providing a nice ambiance, especially at night.
Each weekend (8/18, 8/25, Labor Day Weekend and 9/8, 9/14, 9/15 – usually Sundays) leading up to and Sept 14-15, we will be working on the car. IRM members will have the opportunity to ride at night on Sept 14, if it runs after the annual barbeque dinner on Sat. night. If you are not yet an IRM member, you can join once you are on the property!
If you are interested in volunteering to get the car ready please contact me directly at email@example.com. All volunteers must sign a liability waiver with IRM in order to work on the grounds.