In the Carriage and Wagon workshop, BR Mk1 SK (compartment coach) No.25347 continues to progress, with paint almost completely stripped off the bodysides and metal repairs being made.
Above: A typical window on the coach, showing major corrosion to an area of older repairs (green/orange coloured panelling) to address the same issue! This will all have to be repaired and made good.
Above: A large amount of new metal has gone in to the body just above the solebar – along with the lower edge of the windows as seen above, a classic BR Mk1 coach rot spot.
Above: No.25347 now generally looks like this. Most of the lower body side panelling has now been repaired as required, with work still to be undertaken around the windows.
In other news regarding the Mk1 carriage fleet:
The major overhaul of the B4 bogies for newly-restored maroon Mk1 BSK (compartment brake) No.35248 – including tyre turning sponsored by members’ donations – has now been completed. They were successfully mounted under the coach in time for the ‘Mixed Traffic Gala’, where it was paired with Allan’s maroon Mk1 TSO No.4466 at to form a short ‘local’ set running alongside the main rake of four ‘blood and custard’ Mk1’s. It is hoped to gradually extend these rakes over time, depending on available funding and manpower.
The TPO Fund second-hand bookshop coach, No.4635, has seen a lot of external patching and the completion of a fresh coat of paint to the roof and platform side of the body by members of the IRPS, which, along with the two cosmetically-overhauled ‘Vanfits’ smartened up by the Wagon Group over the summer, gives a much better impression to the visiting public. Photos to follow…
‘Vanfit’ B761651 now has a new roof covering and the preparation of the last remaining bodyside is completed, paving the way for the topcoat to be completed soon – photos can be found on the Wagon Group website HERE.
‘Vanfit’ B761651 has been the focus of attention lately as the first component of “Express Freight” – the NVR Wagon Group’s project to recreate the 1950’s BR express van train. The latest progress report can be found on the Wagon Group website HERE.
The latest Wagon Group update can be found HERE.
Above: Further to earlier postings, the funds for turning the tyres on the B4 bogies for newly-restored Mk1 BSK (compartment brake) coach No.35248 were successfully raised over the summer by member’s donations. Sadly however it was not possible to complete the bogie overhaul in time for the August visit of “Tornado”. This meant that the air-braked Belgian coaches had to be used behind the ‘Pacific’ rather than the intended vacuum-braked BR Mk1 coaches, which were hauled by the ‘vac-only’ Gresley ‘N2’ No.1744. Having the second Mk1 brake coach back in operation will reopen the possibility of having two rakes of British coaches in use at one time, however despite missing the August deadline the bogie overhaul is progressing well to a good standard, as seen above, and it won’t be long before they are reunited with the freshly-restored body and underframe ready for passenger service. We’ll just have to be patient and wait a little longer…
Above: In the Carriage and Wagon workshop, BR Mk1 SK (compartment coach) No.25347 has new paint applied to the roof and the old paint to the sides has been almost completely stripped off. A lot of new metal is going into the bodysides of this coach to make good previous filler ‘repairs’ – this is time consuming, but well worth doing.
Above: The two box vans in the platform at Wansford have seen the completion of their cosmetic overhaul by the Wagon Group, and now look very smart.
Don’t forget the tank engine gala coming up this weekend, 12th-13th September. Visiting LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ No.1054, GNR Gresley ‘N2’ 0-6-2T No.1744, and Hawksworth ‘pannier’ tank No.1501, will be joining longer-term visitor No.1982 “Ring Haw” (originally based at Nassington quarry a few miles from Yarwell) and resident ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST No.22. The freight train and brake van rides should be in operation, with behind-the-scenes shed tours and trade stands also available.
It’s been a little quiet on here lately, but much progress is still being made. The latest Wagon Group Update can now be found HERE.