With 1326 back in regular service, car 16 was brought into the shop. 16 is due for work on the trucks of the car as well as a general inspection of the condition of the car. The Connecticut Trolley Museum also received a donation from the Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts for a new roof for the car.
During the general inspection of the car, Gio and Wil inspected the Line Switch of the car to ensure proper operation. The line switch is an important component of any car that has it, as the part prevents most controller arching. It also acts as a safety to where the car will not operate under 40 pounds of air pressure.
|16's Line Switch|
During the inspection of the wiring from the main 600 VDC feeder to the auxiliary systems of the car (Lights, heat, Line Switch, etc) a few inconsistencies were found in how the car was wired. Out of an abundance of caution, the shop will be replacing the wiring to these auxiliary systems.
This starts with creating an insulated box on the interior of the car with a copper bar inside to where 600 VDC can safely and cleanly be routed to the auxiliary systems.
|The new machined Copper Bar|
|The box which will be insulated and house the copper bar and wiring|