Randy Miller describes his drawing to
the project lead rehabilitation
specialist Kevin Palo.
Details are important. Every window,
beam and stud are shown. This is an
elevation view of the left side of the car.
For the chapel car, the entire structure has been measured. Sketches and photographs have supplemented these dimensions and were used to create a complete set of drawings. AutoCadd is the most popular program used in the architecture and engineering professions and Randy Miller has been creating this thorough documentation that records not only how the car was originally built but what has been repaired or modified during this rehabilitation.
Documenting the work is really important. Replacement wood is shown shaded. Notes capture other details such as supplemental supports that may have been installed, or where replacement steel or iron was incorporated. Missing features discovered during research are also added and identified on the drawing as restoration. The final product stands as a record not just of the chapel car but of wood cars produced by Barney and Smith circa 1898. Good work Randy, and thanks to Save America's Treasures for funding this important part of the project!