Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The New York Central #2933, one of two surviving New York Central 4-8-2 "Mohawk" steam locomotives, is slowly taking shape. The storied New York Central was the largest user of the "Mohawk" - or "Mountain," as it is more commonly known - wheel arrangement, as they were ideally suited to the nearly flat high-speed runs of the railroad's routes along rivers and the Great Lakes.

Work continues on the Missouri Pacific #750, the Raymond-Loewy -designed parlor observation car for the MoP's Missouri River Eagle. Preparations are being made to begin the exterior priming and painting, and the majority of the interior electrical work, painting, and wood work has been completed. We were lucky to find a local commercial carpet firm willing to undertake the arduous task of cutting a single piece of carpet to fit around each swivel parlor chair and then binding the carpet and installing grommets, just as the period carpet had been installed during the car's last rebuild in the early 1950s. And mid-century Modern fans can revel in the photos of the fantastic drawing room end cabinets and lamps.

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