Carriage & Wagon News - March 2017
Spring is here, or is the English weather fooling us yet again? Whatever the weather or the season the winter carriage maintenance is all going well and the 'Destructors' are working on the Britannia rail carrier country end bogie in the open air, so all is well!
More news follows, please read on...
LBSCR 3 Compartment Brake Third 4115
In the last four months Pete Jardine and his team have been making steady progress towards the day when 4115 will be moved out of the C&W workshop.
The north side gloss coating is complete and the lettering is also finished The first varnish coat has now been applied. All grab rails and door bump stops are fitted.
The south side of LBSCR 4115 looking immaculate!
In the compartments, upholstery of seat backs is under way and all communication cords are fitted. All but one of the droplights are finished and fitted, the final one is being worked on now. The varnishing of the interior wood is nearing completion. The picture frames are all made and some fitted, the luggage rack brackets are under way.
The conduits for the lighting cables are fitted.
The guards van emergency tool box is finished and fitted.
The priority is now to get 4115 ready to be moved into the ‘tent’, the new covered working area outside the main workshop, to make space for SECR 6375’s underframe - more details below. Once in the tent, work will continue on preparing 4115 to enter service.
The north side of 4115, also looking the part.
An upholstered seat back and picture frame.
The finishing of the luggage rack bracket castings is underway on a work bench.
The guards van emergency tool box is now in place.
SECR 4 Compartment Brake third 4149
Located in Train Story where Pete Jardine is working on the interiors of the compartments, refurbishing paint and varnish and the seat backs ready for re-uniting with its frame when the frame returns from its repair at Bartlett’s.
4149’s overhauled bogies will be used for SECR Saloon Composite 6375 as that underframe will be returned to us before 4149’s. 4149 will then inherit the overhauled bogies that belonged to 6375.
SECR Saloon Composite 6375
Both bogie frames are in the workshop. Welding on the first bogie is complete and two new bolster bottom planks have arrived and are waiting for marking out and machining. Both of these bogies will be used under SECR Brake Third 4149 when its underframe returns from repair.
6375's underframe is making good progress at Llangollen and we hope to have delivery back to us in the next two or three weeks. It will be mounted on 4149’s refurbished bogies for fitting the brake gear and all the other equipment. The body will then be re-fitted to the frame. On completion of the necessary test runs etc this coach will be ready for action later in the 2017 season and very many seasons to come.
As this coach was built it 1911 it is already over 100 years old and it will now hopefully look forward to a further 100 years of carrying our happy passengers.
One of 4149’s bogies being shunted so that it can be used on 6375.
6375's bogies undergoing overhaul ready for further service under 4149.
BR ‘Shark’ Brake Van DB993853
The Shark has now had its coal fired heating stove fitted, great for winter working! It was thoroughly tested during the February works trains in connection with telegraph pole reinstatement (Wootton Section) and tree felling/clearance work along the whole line. It is seen here bringing up the rear of the telegraph pole train.
Over-Winter re-varnishing and re-painting
LBSCR 8 Compartment Composite 6349
6349 has finally been moved out of the workshop and into Train Story. Steve Rowntree and his team have done a great deal of excellent work on this coach, fitting a new roof canvas and giving it many coats of paint, fitting many new mouldings and panels. It is now resplendent in malachite green.
The London end draw gear was refurbished and, where it was worn, was built up and then machined to size.
After leaving the workshop 6349 will have its ‘A’ exam ready for the new season, which starts later this month.
Steve Rowntree (in the distance) and C&W Apprentice Calum Culver apply the finishing touches to the freshly painted 6349.
LBSCR 5 Compartment Brake Third 4168
4168 has entered the workshop for a re-varnish and roof re-paint. it will be completed before the start of the new season with its first outing on 19th March.
LBSCR 9 Compartment Third 2416
This coach is scheduled to be in the workshop after 4168 and like 6349 will have new roof canvas and a full re-paint. Where necessary, new panels and mouldings will be fitted - another marathon for Steve Rowntree and his team.
Victorian 4-wheel Coaches
All the 4-wheelers have passed their ‘A’ exams and are ready for the new season.
Carriage Mechanical Exams
All carriages will be having their ‘C’ exams, which includes an inspection of all doors and locks, before the new season starts.
SR Rail carrier DS 70000 – Britannia
The Britannia is currently outside the workshop being worked on by the Destructors.
The London end bogie was removed last year and the original 7-leaf springs changed for 9-leaf springs. This year the country end bogie was withdrawn for the same treatment.
This bogie was found to be in a worse condition; the axle boxes were seized on the horn guides and the brake blocks seized on the spreader bars. These all needed ‘gentle’ persuasion to free and remove them, which all took longer than expected and a lot of effort for our stalwart Destructors. As usual they persevered and are re-assembling the bogie again with the replacement 9-leaf springs.
The Destructors at work on the Britannia bogie.
New Concrete Area
Track 2, immediately outside the C & W Workshop, has been changed from wooden to concrete sleepers so that the area can be concreted over. This will give us a greater area of hard standing adjacent to the workshop this will be a great benefit to us when we are working outside. It is expected that the concreting will be re-started in March.
‘A’ Type Container
Paul Fisher has been busy rebuilding the ‘A’ type container, it is now taking shape in the workshop. He has made excellent progress, the frame is complete and the body sides are now being fitted. This container will be fitted out and used for dispensing light refreshments just outside the entrance to Train Story.
We are consolidating our spares and noting carefully exactly what we have got. We are very fortunate in that we have a large selection of spares and are currently seeing exactly what we have.
In the wood working shop we have two lovely brand new benches which will be a great help in increasing productivity and to stop our ever keen workers etc from fighting for space to work!
Our wood store van is currently outside the workshop and is receiving attention to the underframe and the body which will tidy it up and make it look much more presentable.
In the main workshop we have another good change, Dave Smart has fitted a new row of LED lights down the centre of the workshop which give much more light and also, another advantage, they are more economical than the old ones. This will help to solve a problem of low light levels in the workshop. All the roof lights will soon be replaced with these new brighter lights.
The new work benches in the woodwork shop.
The wood store van, with BR blue livery just about discernible, about to have attention to its underframe and body to make it look more presentable.
Gary Walker has decided to retire from the railway full time staff, he will be much missed after 10 years in charge of C & W. He started and put in place many good changes and reforms that have been of great benefit to C & W and these and many more will be carried forward by his very able successor Dave Smart.
However hopefully we will not have lost his extensive knowledge and expertise as he hopes to return later as a volunteer.
Keith Calcut has recently joined us, working part-time. Keith has machining and metal working experience and has also worked on Westinghouse brakes while with London Underground.
Join The Team
New volunteers are made very welcome in C&W. We always try and fit your skills or desires with appropriate tasks and it goes without saying that the more volunteers we have, the more restoration and maintenance can be done to the IWSR rolling stock. So if your interests are in carriages or wagons (we have a dedicated team for these) and you're are interested in becoming a volunteer then please contact the railway’s Volunteer Coordinator and arrange to pay us a visit.
Keep in touch with C&W
We may work on equipment from the age of steam but our methods of communication are bang up to date!
C&W team member Derek Atkins has created an (unofficial) Facebook page which carries the latest information about progress in the C&W workshop, called IWSR C&W Happenings
. There is now a further Facebook page featuring progress on the SECR Carriages Appeal Project.
In addition, C&W volunteer Gary Walker has a frequently updated Flickr site
, carrying plenty of recent pictures of C&W activity.