This blog aims to follow the restoration of SRJ No. 16, later SJ No.33, by the Roslagsbanans Veterantågsforeningen in Stockholm, as well as our ongoing maintenance of a vintage train on the Roslagsbanan. This is a personal view of our activities, the official site of our group (in Swedish) is linked above.

Please note: all pictures on this blog are taken by me unless otherwise stated, and are copyright. If you wish to use them elsewhere, please contact me.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

'twas a Dark and Stormy Night

Actually it wasn't too bad outside, snowing gently and a cool -12 C.  The windchill however made it a tad nippy!  While the standard gauge commuter rail seemed to be suffering, and the E4, Sweden's main N-S road was a mess, the Roslagsbana seemed to be surviving relatively unscathed.





Meanwhile, in the warmth of our workshop, we continue with the myriad of small jobs required to complete No.33.

Bengt has been re-hanging the internal doors, this is the one between A-end saloon and A-end vestibule.  Note the original beveled glass, very nice!

Henrik has been manufacturing new seat supports for A-end saloon.  This end had the hardboard walls replaced with original style tounge and groove at an early stage of the restoration.  The seat supports were lost at this stage (they probably date from the 1940s rebuild anyway).  The new supports are now in the paint-shop being brought up to gloss yellow to match the walls.


Lasse spent the evening below the seats in B-end saloon making sure they were all attached properly!


The batteries for the emergancy lighting live under one of the seats in A-end saloon.  Soren seen here installing and wiring them in.


More small details being added.  Here coat hooks in B-end, which still retains the 1940s hardboard walls.


Down below the electrical guys have been checking the equipment that hangs there.  Herethe brushes for the compressor are being looked at.


Unfortunatly one of the junction box covers on the omverter has gone missing, we will have to find or make a replacement.


I continue to fettle the paintwork in A-end cab to bring it up to the same standard as the rest of the railcar.



 A homework project.  This is an old route map for the suburban services of the Roslagsbana that used to be in a frame in B-end cab.  The frame had disintigrated and the maps are clearly water damaged.  I am currently rebuilding the frame at home but must decide if we will reuse the better of these, or deploy an unused original that we have in our collection.

 That's all for this installment, all the best from Stockholm, George!


Thursday, 8 February 2018

A short update

Just a short update this time to report steady progress on all fronts.  While the electrical guys were over chasing down a problem with No.35, Bengt Henrik and I continued work on No.33


I have continued to upgrade the finish in A-end cab.  Originally this gap had been left in the partition between the drivers position and the rest of the cab.  It probably resulted in either shrinkage over the last 99 years or so, or possibly crash damage.  Either way, I decided to fill the fracture.



By the end of the evening, a small fillet of wood shaped and glued in place.  Several other holes have been filled and sanded back awaiting new paint next time.


In B-end saloon, all the seats are now fixed in place.


In A-end saloon, the radiators are now all fixed in place and you can see the new triangular trim on the left-hand side that Henrik has been making.  We bought in some trim but the size was wrong so Henrik has been making this from solid.  Elsewhere, Mike has been fitting new insulation panels between various high voltage components in the electricals cabinets, Bengt has been installing glass in internal doors and we continue to touch-up, clean and reattach numerous details.

all the best from Stockholm, George!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

A dark and stormy night


Quite a wild night for my first venture down to Östra Station this year.  Not much snow yet but blowin g a wee bit.  While the standard gauge seemed to be sufferig a bit, the narrow gauge Roslagsbana appeared to be running without problems. Still, a good night to work inside.  Here you can see the station throat of Stockholms Östra (east) Station, with our two sheds either side.


And, as usual for a Tuesday, the warm welcoming glow from our workshop.  You can see No33 lurking inside.


The main focus right now is fitting and wiring in the radiators.  Almost all are now in place in both saloons.


We have one seat sitting loose in place to show us where we are going with this. You can also see the earth wire, now correctly run in from the wall side of the radiator ...


The last pieces of trim are also being manufactured from new wood.  You can see these, as yet unpainted, above.  These fill the angle between the wall and the covers for te cable runs below.

Elsewhere Mike was manufacturing something out of insulated material and Lasse was cleaning up a couple of additional wooden components.  A-end cab was the first to be renovated.  There are several aspects, especially regarding the paint, that contrast with our later work.  I have started to bring everything up to a uniform standard.

Wishing everyone an excellent new year from Stockhom, George!