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Carriage & Wagon News - August 2014

LBSCR 9 Compartment Third 2416

During a B exam carried out on the 8th July it was noticed that the corrosion that we have been monitoring for the past few years had significantly worsened. Although we were approaching the busiest time of the season we were left with no alternative but to withdraw the coach.

The coach body has now been removed and is resting on a spare underframe. Both headstocks and flitch plates have also been removed for scrapping and replacement. Additional resource is being directed onto this job and work is now well underway.  The team are cutting out corroded parts of the sole bars, mainly at the ends and where the wooden mounting blocks for the body are located. Some parts will be built up with weld and others will be cut out and replacement metal welded in. Various sections of the diagonal bracing will also need replacement.

After the major repair work, the normally inaccessible parts of the frame will be cleaned and repainted before the body is lifted back on. It is intended that this work will be completed by the end of the year and then work can re-start on the renovation of the SECR bogies which has had to be postponed (See below).

The bogies for 2416 were renovated last year.
2416 frame work Aug 14
Nick Felton working on the Country End of the underframe - 19th August 2014.
A new headstock under construction.
Wasted areas of the frame are being ground out - 19th August 2014.

LBSCR Composite 6349

During its ‘B’ examination the brake blocks on the London end bogie were replaced.  6349 is now back in service.

LCDR 5 compartment Brake Third 4115

The needle gunning and painting of the frame is continuing and the London end bogie has been removed and dismantled by the ‘Destructors’ (Graham Redfern, Andy Tavener, Jim Ruler and Phil Mair).  One wheelset from that bogie will need its bearing journals turned due to pitting by corrosion. The country end bogie will now be removed and dismantled to examine the state of the journals on its wheelsets.
The London End bogie, reduced to component parts.

LBSCR 3 Compartment Brake Third 4115

Peter Jardine is making good progress on the side panelling and mouldings. Also two of the three panels of the London end are in place. The lower side panels are all new, but many of the upper panels especially on the North side are the original panels. Work on the compartment ceilings has also started

The North Side of 4115, some of the upper body panels are the original fitments.

LCDR 5 Compartment Third 2515

In the first week in June the new lifting beam was used very successfully.  The London end was lifted first and the damaged wheelset removed after the brake rods and the hornties had been removed and then the replacement wheelset was rolled into place and everything replaced. The country end wheelset was replaced in exactly the same way.

The lifting beam showed its worth as the total job took about one fifth of the time that it would have taken with jacks and sleepers also this method has the added attraction that it was a much safer operation.
2515 suspended by the lifting beam.
The lifting beam made the re-wheeling job considerably easier, quicker and safer.

LSWR Match Wagon 429SM

This wagon is now complete as John James made excellent progress with the remaining tasks.  Now on display in Train Story.

429SM - the finished job.

BR 5 Plank Dropside B483733

This wagon was in during early June for the underframe re-rusting and re-painting and the wooden body also to be re-painted. This was completed and is now under the Train Story lean-to.

BR 5 Plank Dropside B483725

This wagon followed its sister 483733 into the workshop for similar treatment, but this was interrupted as LBSCR 2416 needed the workshop space and is now the C&W main priority task. This wagon is also under the Train Story Lean-to but still in undercoat.

The BR dropsides under the Train Story lean-to.

LBSCR 10-ton Goods Van (ex Cattle Wagon) 46924

This wagon in its new smart paintwork, which is an exhibit in Train Story, now officially belongs to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway as the NRM has transferred ownership to us.
46923, sister vehicle to the Cattle Wagon, is also now on display in Train Story as part of the heritage goods train.

SECR Bogies

As mentioned earlier, work on these has temporarily stopped due to the priority of 2416, but the second bogie now has all of its new framework fitted and its new ends, they are currently bolted into place waiting riveting. 
The two SECR bogies in July, they have now been moved outside whilst 2416 receives urgent attention.

Other News

Several of the C & W volunteers are undergoing training as shunters and have been getting hands on experience, so that they can help with the increasing amount of shunting that is now needed. The people involved are:-

Jim Ruler
Phil Mair
Andy Tavener
Graham Redfern
Steve Rowntree

Pete Jardine supervised the move (by crane) of the vehicles that were in the centre of Griffins Field back onto the track and also the 4 pipe wagons that were in the Barn Field. The Freshwater, Yarmouth Newport composite is now on the ground in Train Story, also the Isle of Wight railway van, the Royal Daylight tanker. SECR dropside 62888 has now been moved into the workshop and is being dismantled by John James, he will be making a new underframe from Oak already in stock.

Gary Walker has made an Engineering steel rack, so that steel can be stored instead of it lying in-between the tracks in the workshop.

LCDR 6376 4 compartment composite built 1886 ‘Holiday Chalet’ is now mounted outside the entrance of Train Story.
FYNR composite No.6, now on display in Train Story.
LCDR 6376 now outside Train Story to demonstrate how many of our coaches were saved from destruction - the holiday chalet.
SECR Dropside 62888 is now in the C&W workshop where a start has already been made on the rebuild - 19th August 2014.

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 now have a dedicated team for these) and you're are interested in becoming a volunteer then please contact  our Volunteer Coordinator Frances Yunnie on 01983 882204 or E Mail  

To keep right up to date with progress in the Carriage & Wagon workshop visit C&W Supervisor Gary Walker's Flickr pages.