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Carriage & Wagon News - August 2015

LCDR 5 compartment Brake Third 4115

This carriage is the next for restoration once LBSCR 4115 has been completed.  The team have been working to prepare the underframe for some time now and have currently done all that they can at this stage.  It has now been moved to Griffins Field Sidings, waiting for space in the C & W workshop until there is level track and concrete hard standing to continue working from.

LBSCR 3 Compartment Brake Third 4115

Compartment A is now in undercoat and scumble undercoat, the south side door has been fitted to compartment C.

More work has been done filling and undercoating the compartment ceilings and the Brake van walls. The Brake van seats and support brackets have been made

The lighting cable has been installed and Peter Jardine and his team have started making the advertisement picture frames for the compartment walls.

The first and smallest piece of glass has been installed in the forward ducket window on the south side.

Peter and his team have made excellent progress on 4115, it is all coming together very noticeably now.
Two compartments of 4115 are now in undercoat.
The first piece of glass fitted to be fitted to 4115, in the brake compartment ducket, south side.

SECR 4 Compartment Brake third 4149 Bogies

Dave Smart has removed all of the worn horn guides and the new ones have been constructed. They have been milled to machine a square inside corner instead of a radius. Both bogies have had the holes drilled in the new horn guides and they are bolted into position prior to being machined to size and riveted into place
The new bolster bottom planks have been completed, assembled and are in storage ready for use.

Four of the eight bow girders have been machined by John Thorne, ready to be sleeved. The ends onto which the brake blocks fit were much worn and so the method of renovation is to machine them down to a uniform diameter and to fit machined sleeves to bring them back to the nominal diameter.

The contract for the making and fitting new solebars and end-stocks to 4149‘s under frame has been let and the frame will be leaving here for Bartlett’s during September for this work to be carried out.
The new horn guides bolted into place.
Bow girders machined and ready for sleeving.

SECR Dropside 62888

This wagon is now complete, has had a successful test run and the paperwork needed to bring if officially back into service is complete. It has had its first outing in the goods train during the August Island Steam Day.

It can now be seen in Train Story, on display as part of the heritage goods set.
62888 in Train Story where it can be seen by our visitors in the company of other restored goods wagons.

British Railways 13 Ton Dropside High 483700

This wagon has been sign written to a revised and updated layout and has left the workshop ready for many more years on display and in the goods train.

CCT 2373

This was the Signal and Telegraph stores and is to become our new container for spare bodywork, which is currently in PMV 1930. PMV 1930 is to become the next 4-wheel carriage underframe. 2373 is now mostly in primer and will be given a new coat of paint.

PRISM Fund Coal Wagon Restoration Grant

Good news, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway has been awarded a grant from the Arts Council Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) fund for the restoration of two LBSCR 10 ton coal wagons.

The 2 wagons are 27766 and 28345. The metalwork from the original wagons was not in good condition and we will need all new springs for both side and draw bar, new knees to support the sides and new ‘W’ irons, these are now all on order. In this short time, John James has made very good progress procuring timber and starting to cut and machine the wood for the frames.

Machined wooden parts, ready for the reconstruction of the two LBSCR coal wagons.
More parts, ready to go when the new metalwork is ready; John James and his team are making really rapid progress with wagon restoration, each wagon taking less time to deal with than its predecessors.  As more experience of working on wooden framed stock has been gained the pace of restoration has picked up noticeably.

Other News

As mentioned in the June News, The Ryde Pier Tram has now moved and on Monday 10th August Island Crane’s 85 ton crane was on site to carry out some stock movements for us. Two PMVs were craned off track and into place alongside the C&W workshop. One will be used for the repair of wagon parts and the other as our fasteners store. This will release a good deal of workshop space and allow the allocation of more space for workbenches.

After the PMV lift, the two Isle of Wight Railway Oldbury coaches in the Barn Field (across the road from the car park) were moved close to the track and were then craned onto wagons. They are now safely in Train Story where they are protected from the weather and visible to our visitors.

There are now no more grounded vehicles in the Barn Field, they should all have a brighter future now that they are safe from the ravages of the weather.

PMV 1052, one of the two remaining PMVs that saw service on the Island's railways in steam days, was lifted back onto the track. 1052 is air brake fitted and, way back in the 1980s, formed part of the works train during the Wootton Station rebuild project, it was even included in the passenger set on occasions!

All the work was completed at about 7.00pm so it was a long day for the Destructors, Bob Passmore, Dave Smart and Peter Jardine. A good job, well done!

Work is continuing on our stores PMVs to give them a coat of paint to make them more durable and more attractive for our visitors to view.

We have received a number of applications for the new position of C & W apprentice, more news of this in due course.

Two PMVs in place alongside the C&W workshop.  Both are now in the process of being smartened up.

Join The Team...

We are pleased to welome our latest volunteer, Colin Beckwith, to the C&W team.

New volunteers are always 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 our Volunteer Coordinator Frances Yunnie on 01983 882204 or by e-mail on  Full details of volunteering opportunities on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway can be found HERE.

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!

In a new initiative for this year,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 Supervisor Gary Walker has a frequently updated Flickr site, carrying plenty of recent pictures of C&W activity.





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