Restoration of the Santa Fe Chief - Alco PA #59

Restoration of the Santa Fe Chief - Alco PA #59 The Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco, Texas, is undertaking the restoration of one of the last remaining Alco PA locomotives - AT&SF #59.
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Update as of October 28. The cab roof section repair is still holding us up, but a solution is close at hand. We do have...
10/28/2019

Update as of October 28. The cab roof section repair is still holding us up, but a solution is close at hand. We do have a donor roof which has been donated from an existing Alco cab unit, but we are still working through logistics regarding getting it removed and shipped to Texas. We need this replacement section to continue work so that the damaged cab structure can be re squared to fit the replacement. Our goal was to have this done by November 1, however, since we are relying on the benevolence of several individuals to complete this work sometimes we must wait for scheduling, Etc to work for all involved. In the mean time we continue to work on other elements of the restoration, and are thankful the donor is understanding of the delays. We also are thankful for our support here and for everyone’s patience. This WILL WORK OUT- There is a lot of cool stuff just around the corner for the PA 59L!

WARBONNET RED!!! A topic sure to bring up a lot of opinions! Here’s what we know. DuPont carried the standard paint co...
10/01/2019

WARBONNET RED!!! A topic sure to bring up a lot of opinions! Here’s what we know. DuPont carried the standard paint codes for the red used by the Santa Fe Railway from the 1940’s through the 1960’s as “1863M” or “9089R”- depending on whether it was their Duco or Dulux formulation. That said chemistry has changed and it’s difficult to get a good, accurate match based on these codes. Enter original paint samples to the rescue! Several examples exist of original Santa Fe red paint in good shape- including a PA cab door, and PA carbody Medalion, and an original passenger F unit air horn. These were matched by AXALTA into a custom formula In IMRON, for use on our PA and other Santa Fe projects at our Museum ( modern / recent color examples shown next to the vintage pieces). Note that all of these rare pieces were donated- which allow us to faithfully recreate that beautiful shade of red we call the Warbonnet!!! We are anxious to get some of this red on the 59!!!

Santa Fe PA 59L was moved about 100 meters on 9/14/19, making equipment access easier for more “intensive” restorati...
09/16/2019

Santa Fe PA 59L was moved about 100 meters on 9/14/19, making equipment access easier for more “intensive” restoration work which will begin this Fall. Stay Tuned!!!

We are pleased to announce this exciting fundraiser! Many have asked for the opportunity to purchase something related t...
08/09/2019

We are pleased to announce this exciting fundraiser! Many have asked for the opportunity to purchase something related to the project which will financially benefit the restoration- so check this out- Mr Bukove does beautiful work. ***NOTE***We recently received a $5000 cash donation from Mr. David Thompson, long time PA 59 project supporter. His request is that this community match his donation 1:1 by whatever amount you can give so it becomes $10,000. IF YOU BUY ONE OF THE PRINTS OR THE CALENDAR A PORTION WILL GO TO SECURE THAT MATCH. Everyone wins! Here are the details:

The Museum of the American Railroad in collaboration with artist Lance Bukove are pleased to announce a special offering to help with the ongoing restoration of our beautiful Santa Fe ALCO PA locomotive. As those of you who have been following this wonderful project know, we are in the process of bringing this fantastic engine back to life. First cosmetically then hopefully on to operational status.

To this end we are excited to offer this fundraising event. We have both a print and laminated 2020 calendar as either a single item or package deal. You can see images of both of these items in this posting. They are printed on 100 pound paper with wonderful resolution, color, and sharpness. The calendars come hand signed and dated and the prints come signed and numbered. This offer will only be available through Mr. Bukove with a large percentage of the proceeds going directly to the Project 59!

About the engine: there are only 4 remaining PA locomotives is in existence. 2 in Mexico and 2 in the United States. The other one in the U.S. has been restored to a Nickel Plate Road paint scheme, so most agree that this is the last PA that will ever wear the beautiful Warbonnet paint scheme.

About the image: a typical sight for its day, you see 59 speeding across the New Mexico landscape with the recognizable Church Rock in the background. You can't get much better than this, for a combination, to bring back the feel of what it was like when these sleek engines thundered across the Santa Fe lines.

About the artist: Lance Bukove, has been drawing trains for over 30 years. His originals and prints hang in both private and corporate collections around the world including quite a few local and regional offices of the BNSF. He has won numerous awards for his works up against all types of media and subject matter. His grandfather was the Master Machinist in the Albuquerque, NM shops for the Santa Fe for over 40 years maintaining and improving the steam locomotives of the day. He holds numerous patents for parts that led to major improvements and innovations implemented on the engines he worked on. His father worked for the SF for a number of years as well. So, as you can see SF red runs deep in his blood and passion for the railroad.

In conclusion, if you have been following this project and would like to help out this is a great opportunity to do so. You will be helping to bring a truly magnificent engine back to life. As an added bonus, if you would like the print personalized Lance will be happy to put a dedication on it for you prior to shipment.”

Print and calendar are 11" x 17" each and printed on 100 pound paper. The calendars are signed and laminated. The prints are signed and numbered.

The artist has made the process of acquiring these beautiful items by placing them on eBay - on a “Buy It Now” basis! Here are the links to the artwork:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/283572722037?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/273958242028?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/283572726494?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Or you can contact Mr. Bukove directly here:

https://m.facebook.com/Railroad-Art-1984854191809321/

Thank you!

PLEASE NOTICE: copyright tag seen in the photos are not actually on the print or calendar, just added for advertisement protection. Lance Bukove retains all copyright and the image may not be reproduced without express written permission.

A pair of CHIEFS! Alco PA 59 and sister FP45 107 reconnect at our Museum after a 50 year separation! Both of these fine ...
08/09/2019

A pair of CHIEFS! Alco PA 59 and sister FP45 107 reconnect at our Museum after a 50 year separation! Both of these fine Diesels saw service on Santa Fe’s finest passenger trains- we are honored to have them in our collection. With summer heat pushing Texas temperatures up near 100* we are focusing on planning for Fall restoration work, and detail work out of the heat. Things will get going again in short order- stay connected for a major donation announcement coming soon!!! MAR Photo

More work done yesterday. First image is of 59L when she was new- 1948- close up of the side steps and grab irons ( long...
06/14/2019

More work done yesterday. First image is of 59L when she was new- 1948- close up of the side steps and grab irons ( long gone unfortunately). We have reproduced the steps, and did a trial fit yesterday with the recently donated stainless steel grab irons. Note the bizarre shape of the grab iron- that is actually correct per Alco! Everything fit perfectly. The steps will have the welds completed and ground smooth, where they will look like the original castings. Finally, a little fun- Museum of the American Railroad CEO Bob LaPrelle holds our reproduction builders plate against the 59L. She has her “serial number” back! More to come- thanks all for your support!!!

Mission Accomplished!!! We recently cast a reproduction builders plate for the 59L- build number 76535- developed from t...
05/29/2019

Mission Accomplished!!! We recently cast a reproduction builders plate for the 59L- build number 76535- developed from the original example loaned to us ( lower) from 59A. This testing of the urethane mold was done with good old water based plaster- as a “proof” that the urethane mold is accurate. We are satisfied, and will eventually likely do a run in aluminum, and offer them for sale. The original again is the lower unpainted casting , the upper is the plaster of Paris proof, with a little bit of Warbonnet Red for fun!

Alco Builders Plate. Have made a urethane mold from the original 59A builders plate, cast a wax positive, and made a fir...
05/14/2019

Alco Builders Plate. Have made a urethane mold from the original 59A builders plate, cast a wax positive, and made a first pass at “editing” the digits to 76535- the correct build number for 59L. Pretty pleased with the results!

More amazing donations!!! I just drove 1900 miles round trip from Texas to Illinois and back to retrieve these goodies! ...
05/06/2019

More amazing donations!!! I just drove 1900 miles round trip from Texas to Illinois and back to retrieve these goodies! Original stainless steel Alco PA grab irons, and the builders plate from Alco PA 59A ( on loan for duplication). What a joy it was to meet the donor in person- Mr. David Thompson, and his family. We are incredibly thankful for those wonderful people who make the choice to help solve the challenges involved in restoring a 70 year old locomotive!!! As an aside, the short grab iron is from the 51 LAB set- the first PA’s ever!!!

This Lovely Lady got a full days worth of attention today. More good progress made on the Santa Fe PA 59L ✅
04/06/2019

This Lovely Lady got a full days worth of attention today. More good progress made on the Santa Fe PA 59L ✅

Awesome scene yesterday of father and son admiring the PA 59 during a Museum of the American Railroad tour. Historic Pre...
03/23/2019

Awesome scene yesterday of father and son admiring the PA 59 during a Museum of the American Railroad tour. Historic Preservation of priceless artifacts is vitally important as it inspires future generations to reflect on the past as we look forward to future innovations. Further work was done on assessment of the damage to the engineer’s side of the car body, as seen in the subsequent images. ( ...permission was granted by the gentleman to share the image of he and is son).
More information on touring the Museum can be found here:
http://www.museumoftheamericanrailroad.org

03/20/2019
Shining Rails: Railroadin' Electrically - 1950

For the historians out there, we found this interesting 1950 film from General Electric Co- which chronicles the transition from steam to Diesel Electric power. GE was an important partner with Alco in producing the “PA” locomotives. The film includes many rare, early vintage scenes, including Alco PA’s. Should you desire, the first Santa Fe PA imagery starts around 8:30 into the film:
https://youtu.be/WcmPwH3YK3s

From the GE Film Catalog: "A story of the backbone of America's transportation system - the railroad - this film traces the evolution of locomotive power fro...

This Joe Taul image shows Alco PA 74L after being involved in a very serious collision. 74 would be repaired and placed ...
03/15/2019

This Joe Taul image shows Alco PA 74L after being involved in a very serious collision. 74 would be repaired and placed back in service ( as linked) finishing her career in the late 1960’s- a real testament to the shop forces ability to repair damage- and inspiration for our project!

http://www.railpictures.net/showimage.php?id=532476&key=9794341

That pesky roof damage! We wanted to provide an update on the PA cab restoration, please refer to the photos as they rel...
02/10/2019

That pesky roof damage! We wanted to provide an update on the PA cab restoration, please refer to the photos as they relate to the following. So, the cab roof is a rather complex structure with compound curves which form a very pleasing contour for the roof, but somewhat complex to replicate. We have been working through engineering options for some time now, including having the roof contour surface modeled in 3D / CAD software based on original Alco engineering drawings from the 1940’s. So at this point, one of two things will occur this year- 1) a NEW roof will be reconstructed from steel, using the CAD data. Or 2) A donor roof will be obtained and installed as a unit replacement. Either way will work with good results. In the mean time, work continues on peripherals- collecting, restoring and remanufacturing pieces integral to the cab restoration. Rest assured, we are methodically moving through this phase to ensure the best results possible while being financially responsible with our many cash donations. Stay Tuned!!!

Beautiful, early detailed photo of a Santa Fe Alco “PA” locomotive. Images like this help us explore the essence of ...
01/26/2019

Beautiful, early detailed photo of a Santa Fe Alco “PA” locomotive. Images like this help us explore the essence of the original configuration- “as delivered”, and subsequent variations, and help us ensure historical accuracy in restoration of the PA 59L’s exterior. Image Eric Miller collection.

A lot has happened in 2018- Stick around as we continue in 2019 on the journey to return the 59L to her Warbonnet glory!...
01/01/2019

A lot has happened in 2018- Stick around as we continue in 2019 on the journey to return the 59L to her Warbonnet glory!!! Many have made year end donations, thanks much! If you haven’t- C’mon!!! Happy New Year!

Excellent post by Jim Wrinn / TRAINS MAG / PA 59L $10,000 donor (!) on year end giving- please donate as you are able. I...
12/26/2018
Railway preservation’s end of the year dollars and sense - Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms

Excellent post by Jim Wrinn / TRAINS MAG / PA 59L $10,000 donor (!) on year end giving- please donate as you are able. If you have already given- thank you!!!

http://cs.trains.com/trn/b/staff/archive/2018/12/26/railway-preservation-s-end-of-the-year-dollars-and-sense.aspx

Trains magazine offers railroad news, railroad industry insight, commentary on today's freight railroads, passenger service (Amtrak), locomotive technology, railroad preservation and history, railfan opportunities (tourist railroads, fan trips), and great railroad photography.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the Museum of the American Railroad- home of Project Alco PA 59L! Thanks to all of...
12/25/2018

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the Museum of the American Railroad- home of Project Alco PA 59L! Thanks to all of our friends for your support. Let’s make 2019 an exceptional year for this important restoration project!!!

More work! “As advertised”, work continues to remove the damaged 3/16” steel “skin” from the engineer’s side...
12/01/2018

More work! “As advertised”, work continues to remove the damaged 3/16” steel “skin” from the engineer’s side of the 59. Following our plan and Alco blueprints, the damaged structural supports are carefully being exposed so repair or replacement can be done as needed. Several braces are displaced inward. The fireman’s side is in good condition, so between engineering drawings and the existing good side we should continue to make good progress on repairs and accurately reproduce the beautiful curve of the classic PA nose. The cab roof will be next. This work is funded by individual cash donations and the generous TRAINS MAGAZINE annual restoration grant- for which we are very thankful!!!

From time to time we are encouraged to “get in touch” with Doyle McCormack to help with the PA 59L project. Rest ass...
11/29/2018

From time to time we are encouraged to “get in touch” with Doyle McCormack to help with the PA 59L project. Rest assured “Mac” is very connected to the Project! He has been to Texas, and we have been to Portland several times to exchange information. His PA restoration progress is being closely communicated and offers a great template for our success. Of course he owns the only other Alco PA in the United States- representing “NKP190”- as a tribute to his Father. And he is largely responsible for bringing these two units back to the United States from Mexico. There are many other experts we collaborate with as well from a variety of disciplines for which we are infinitely grateful. Shown in the image is Doyle McCormack (L) and Project Manager Robert Willis (R) taking a moment to pose for the camera during one of Doyle’s consulting trips to Texas.

We are looking for one of the original Alco builders plates for the 59L- should be number 76535 / October 1948 ( the one...
11/26/2018

We are looking for one of the original Alco builders plates for the 59L- should be number 76535 / October 1948 ( the one shown is from ATSF 66L). Since it’s likely it is long gone we could reproduce the original if we could locate a donor plate from the same era. This could be 3D scanned or imprinted to make a mold.

***Even if someone simply loaned us one that would work as well*** We would be happy to return it after scanning. Please send us a message if you can help!

Getting Serious! We have started removing the damaged “skin” on the engineer’s side of 59L. The steel plate is thi...
11/17/2018

Getting Serious! We have started removing the damaged “skin” on the engineer’s side of 59L. The steel plate is thicker than we thought- a full 3/16” thick! Alco was serious about building a stout locomotive!!! This material weighs around 7.6 pounds per square foot so it is being removed in relatively small ( and manageable) pieces. This phase represents the next major step in effecting significant repairs to the cab of the locomotive. Once all the damaged steel is removed repairs will be made to underlying structural members and a new steel skin will be applied.

PA 59- In order to get the engineer’s side of the cab looking as good as the fireman’s side, we will go through a se...
11/06/2018

PA 59- In order to get the engineer’s side of the cab looking as good as the fireman’s side, we will go through a series of detailed steps including removing damaged parts, incorrect parts, creased sheet metal, Etc. Structural members will be repaired or replaced as needed, utilizing data from the left side and comprehensive engineering drawings like the one shown. The damaged sheet metal and door frame will be replaced. This is all part of the core plan of Phase 1, which is to get the cab essentially ready for glazing and paint. We don’t normally show this detailed information, but thought some may find it interesting, and will help you follow the progress by looking back through the timeline of images while seeing the vision for the future. Thanks for liking the page and your cash donations- they are funding this work!!!

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