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With the catwalk removed, the car is laid on its side
in preparation for painting. At this point, the car weighs close
to 100 pounds. It is 5 feet in length and very bulky to move about.
You can see all the detail on this end of the car, from the ladders
to the working brake wheel.
The first coat of primer, Variprime, has now been applied.
The car is being expertly sprayed by my close friend
Fred Bouffard, noted Live Steam expert.
A nice shot of the completed body, notice the detailed
All lettering was professionally hand painted directly
on the car by a sign painter.
Here, the brake wheel and end detail can be seen.
At this point, I am working on the interior of the
The interior (floor, walls and ceiling) is entirely
lined with basswood strips 1/2" wide. These will be sanded
smooth once installed and stained.