I don't really bother updating much around here, do I? Never was the narcissistic type, I guess... and I don't have much time for online stuff anymore. Still, people often tell me I should get my name out some more and market myself, blah blah blah...
...so here's another Penn Line Reading Crusader restoration I completed earlier this year:
This one belongs to the prolific and knowledgable collector Sean Naylor, who contacted me soon after I finished the first one. I received the locomotive in September 2011 and sent it back (completed) in Feb 2012. Things might have been done sooner, but this one was in worse shape than expected. We'd wondered why someone would paint such a beautiful work of aluminum brightwork - that answer was revealed when I stripped the paint and unveiled the previously hidden layers of scratches beneath. Smoothing and polishing that back out took a long time!
Unlike the writeup on the original Crusader I restored for George Bennett in 2010, I'll remembered to take decent "before" images. And plenty along the way. So I'll let the photos below do most of the talking from here out...!