CTRC Presents Museum Plans
CTRC will be presenting the
plans to the San Jose Parks & Recreation Commission,
the Santa Clara County Water District board of directors,
and the San Jose City council.
We will be presenting several
letters of endorsement for the project, models, and architectural renderings.
It is important that we make a strong showing; your presence at meeting will be invaluable; please plan to attend.
Times and Locations:
- San Jose Parks & Recreation Commission
Wednesday February 20 (Note date and time change.)
Upper Watson Community Center
550 North 22nd Street
(Between E. Empire & Jackson Streets)
San Jose, California 95112
(Click here for map)
- Santa Clara County Water District
Tuesday February 26
5750 Alamaden Blvd
- San Jose City Council
Date: to be determined
2479/1215 Progress Summary - 2007
From John Ezovski
Sometimes it might feel that not much is being accomplished, but my notes show that is not the case!
- Wire wheeled and repainted.
- Weld all remaining stay bolt holes - about 14.
- Attach by welding remaining staybolt half sleeves.
- Install and hammer seal all remaining firebox staybolts.
- Pad weld 6" x 4" "waste" area of firebox on left side along running board.
- Weld fitting to backhead for water column. Test fit column.
- Extensive measurements of the crown sheet stays were made for use in future calculations.
- #2 Pedestals
- Weld large cracks where pedestal joins main frame beam for wedge
pedestal 2 left, 2 right shoe and 2 right wedge.
- Replace #2 left pedestal face.
- Grind flat #2 left and right shoe and wedge pedestal shoulders
after weld repair.
- Running Gear
- Measure, measure and more measurements of frame with and without shoes installed.
- Trim drive spring saddles.
- Locomotive brake foundation
- Remove brake levers
- Grind and weld approximately 9 large cracks in brake foundation.
Install brake levers (again).
- SP1215 Pipes and appliances removed cataloged in Portola and stored in San Jose
- SP 1215 moved to San Jose from Portola
- Caboose was re configured with railfair displays
- Clark Forklift
- Remove, repair and reinstall vertical hydraulic cylinder for Clark forklift.
- Remove, repair and reinstall tilt cylinders.
- Remove for repair water pump - install.
- Manufacture hardware to mount new operator's seat.
- Wiggins Forklift
- Remove for repair and install both vertical hydraulic cylinders.
- Remove for repair both tilt hydraulic cylinders.
- 40 Ton Press
- Moved and installed under outdoor shop.
Required adding roof extension to contain upper housing of press.
- Cut lots of grass and weeds.
- Improve site appearance by consolidating rail/tie and other misc. items.
- Clean debris along perimeter fence.
- Compressor and welding sheds were repainted.
- Herder shack was moved.
- General site cleanup.
- The compressor and the welding sheds were cleaned and repainted.
- Field review of Little butter cup in Sacramento and report.
- Number of meetings with Neighbor association.
- ARM convention attendance.
- Many locomotive parts and assemblies have been reconditioned for subsequent re-installation.
- Two scale models of the proposed San Jose Railroad Museum were created.
One is the size of a very large briefcase and the other is N-scale and about the size of a table tennis table.
SP 1215 Comes to San Jose
For Immediate Release
|Date:||October 15th, 2007|
|From:||Rod Diridon Sr., Chairman/President|
California Trolley and Railroad Corporation (CTRC)
|Subject:|| Historic Steam Locomotive Comes Home to San Jose|
In the afternoon on Tuesday, October 16th, a 75 ton steam locomotive
will be unloaded in Kelley Park for eventual inclusion in a railroad
museum proposed near downtown San Jose. Built in 1913 and now owned
by the non profit California Trolley and Railroad Corporation (CTRC),
locomotive 1215 had operated for the Southern Pacific Railroad.
Locomotive 1215 is representative of the many small steam engines necessary to
move freight between food processing industries that once dominated
San Jose’s economy and landscape. Benefiting from market
access provided by railroads, the Santa Clara Valley was recognized
from 1920 to 1960 as the largest food processing region in the world.
The locomotive will be stored at the San Jose Historical Museum adjacent
to CTRC’s trolley barn. This location will enable CTRC to
begin a cosmetic restoration of this historic artifact. CTRC
volunteers are currently restoring a second and larger Southern
Pacific steam locomotive at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.
Both locomotives will be relocated in the future to the proposed San Jose
Railroad Museum Park.
Proposed for a vacant parcel near downtown alongside the Guadalupe River Park
trail, the San Jose Railroad Museum Park will feature restored
railroad equipment, relocated city designated landmarks and
replicated historic buildings from our community. Supplemented by
educational exhibits, the facility will celebrate the railroad’s
roles in San Jose’s agricultural and food processing heritage.
CTRC is actively enlisting the fiscal and political support to
protect the property and eventually fund the project.
Formed in 1982 as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, the California
Trolley and Railroad Corporation has a mission of preserving and
reflecting the rich legacy of rail transportation in the Santa Clara
Valley for the educational and recreational benefit of present and
future generations. The organization has restored nine historic
trolley cars, four of which operate for the Valley Transportation
Agency’s transit mall in downtown San Jose. The remaining
trolleys operate for History San Jose’s school aged educational
programming at the historical museum in Kelley Park.
2479 and 1215 Update - August 25, 2007
Measurements of the locomotive frame continue with tram wires and wheel gig installed on the locomotive.
Wire brushing and painting of the boiler continues around the firebox.
Ford forklift parts were organized and stacked on pallets.
The planning section will discuss the move of 1215.
2479 Update - July 7, 2007
From Jack Young
Tram wire adjustment on the locomotive continues.
Shoes and wedges were remeasured to double check size before final machining.
Prep work for sealing two rigid stays is in process.
Miscellaneous piping was wire brushed and cleaned.
The original boiler jacket is being laid out on the ground to determine location on the boiler so drawings can be made.
Ford fork lift is being drained of fluids.
Chain saw was cleaned and tested â This will be used to cut the cribbing for the locomotive.
2479 Progress Report - June 30, 2007
Completed weld repairs to locomotive's brake foundation.
Cleaning and painting of boiler continues.
Tram wires have been strung to allow further measurements
with shoes and wedges in place.
Repairs to the Clark forklift are complete.
Several minor mechanical issues have
Weed cutting in roundhouse and rail storage area.
2479 Progress Report - June 16, 2007
Repairs to the Clark forklift have been completed.
The water pump has been rebuilt and installed.
A new seat was acquired, mounting hardware machined and attached.
It has been a number of years since this valuable asset has been fully functional.
The organization's four 35 ton air jacks have been cleaned, lubricated and tested.
These will be used in the near future to lift the locomotive so that
the crib supporting the large steel beams which the locomotive rests upon
can be replaced.
The present crib is deteriorating.
Cleaning and painting of the locomotive boiler continues.
Documenting the locomotive's jacket is in process.
All of the various jacket pieces have been laid out and measurements taken.
This is the first step in construction of a new jacket.
Weld repairs to the locomotives brake foundation continue.
San Jose Steam Railroad Museum Park
On May 6, a 21 page document describing the San Jose Steam Railroad Museum Park was presented to the San Jose City Council.
Click here to view the document (pdf format, 9megabytes).
Latest Layout for Coleman Site
From Larry Murchison
Click here to see a revised configuration (pdf format) for the Coleman/Highway 87 site.
You can click on the small aerial photo to get a more
A detailed site drawing
is also available.
photos and models click here to go to the photo gallery.
Potential Museum Site Identified
Members of the CTRC leadership have been briefing city agencies
and San Jose City Council on conceptual plans for the
San Jose Steam Railroad Museum Park.
The location is a vacant privately owned parcel near downtown
alongside the Guadalupe River Park trail.
Plans are underway to enlist the fiscal and political support
to protect the property and eventually fund the project.
Toward this effort, CTRC has created documents, presentations
and a model to share within the community.
2479 Progress Report - May 26, 2007
Chamfering of the tell tale holes of the hundreds of new staybolts inside
the firebox is nearing completion.
Welding of the final staybolt hole in the firebox has been completed.
Pad welding of the firebox side wrapper sheet has begun with one area completed.
Weld repair of cracks identified in the brake foundation is moving forward.
Cracking of the brake foundation must have been common for 2479.
SP had performed a number of weld repairs to the foundation during its years
Shoe and wedge for driver L2 was test fitted and measurements taken.
Tram wires must now be installed before finally machine work on shoes
can take place.
Three of the six journal box to spring saddles have been machined to final length.
Reorganization of various materials at the restoration site continues.
Parts for the lawn tractor have finally been received.
The tractor was assembled this past weekend and returned to service.
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