KATY and MKT Caboose Restoration from|
the Wichita Falls RailRoad Museum.
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|KATY caboose #111 in it's very weathered covering.||KATY caboose #212 in it's paint peeling condition.||Current condition after 15 years in the Texas sun.||Todays crews restore, not just repaint. It's necessary.||Today, everything is photographed as part of the restoration process.||More fading from the Texas sun.||Still more fading from the Texas sun..||Even the old decals are faded, krinkled, split and weathered paper thin. Nowdays, vinal signs long outlive decals.||Photos are taken of the sign and number locations so we can do a proper restoration.||All of the photos on this page were shot in April of 2005.||With peeling paint and rusted spots, the caboose definately had to be sandblasted.||Even protected ends require work.||Many details never go unnoticed.||When patching has outlived it's usefullness, then you restore.||Rust never sleeps. It just keeps growing.||Setting in one place all the time, the sun takes it's toll as it bleaches all of the paint and lettering and especially on the west sides.||Every stain is permanent on old and oxydized paint.||Sandblasting not only removes the old paint, but gets rid of the rust too.||All spots are checked while awaiting the new face-lift.||More photographs to restore signs to the original places.||The public has expressed praise for the indepth restoration efforts in the last several years at the WFRRM.||Today, our members work hard to enhance the museum, with the public and fun in mind.||With dedication like this, the city supports us well.||Soon we will have new looking cabooses here.||We thank each of you for your favorable comments.||Primer and sealer is beginning to paint a different picture.||The first is applied of several coats of paint.||New paint really changes the looks.||Painting is almost finished and trim paint has begun too.||Pretty stylish looking and awaiting numbers and signs.||Second coat of several in MKT's green.||Looking better all the time.||More green and starting the trim.||Yellow has just begun.||Yellow stripes are finished.||Yellow trim is finished and now awaiting the new signs.||While we are on cabooses, we repainted the TOP on the WF&S, formerly Mopac, where it only had primer on it. New primer and paint really looks good. The side wall paint was in great shape and was only washed back to a great luster with soap & water.||The MKT 212 is finished and now stands colorful with the new paint and lettering.||The side view. Looking pretty stylish!!!||The KATY 111......... Finished and Looking Great! (Work done in 2006)|
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