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Carriage & Wagon News - February 2016

LBSCR 3 Compartment Brake Third 4115

The roof canvas has been fitted, it has received six undercoats so far. The gutters and rain strips have been made and fitted, along with the torpedo vents. This marks a big step forward for Pete Jardine and his team. 

The Guard’s van ceiling and one compartment ceiling painting has been completed with the final gloss coat.

The construction of the seat backs has been started, the upholstery materials are all now to hand.

The passenger communication cord parts have been overhauled, prepared and will be fitted when the painting of the end of the coach has progressed further.

Work on the restoration of the last door is under way.
The Guard’s Van ceiling with final white gloss coat.
The last door restoration under way.

SECR 4 Compartment Brake third 4149 - Bogies

Both bogies have been turned over the right way now and all structural riveting is complete. Only three further rivets are needed to replace poorly fitting existing rivets on a brake hanger bracket and this was expected to be completed on Friday 12th Feb. 

The first bogie to be completed has it wheels in position ready for fitting after the completion of the new axlebox liners. All this has been carried out by Gary Walker and Dave Smart with assistance from our new apprentice Callum Culver who is learning the skills needed for the railway.

The ‘Destructors’ will soon be refitting all the parts to bogies.

The underframe currently at Bartletts for the fitting of new solebars and headstocks is unfortunately not progressing as swiftly as we would have wished.
Both bogies are now the correct way up, close inspection of the far bogie will show that the wheelsets are positioned underneath the bogie.

SECR Saloon Composite 6375

6375's body is currently on LCDR 4115’s underframe and undercover in Train Story.

The underframe is still at Havenstreet, the contract specification has been written for the replacement of the solebars and headstocks. We are still reviewing who will be contracted to carry out the work.

The parts already removed from the underframe are being cleaned, primed and painted by Jim Scaife.

PMV 1350

The interior has been fully painted by Jim Scaife, Mike Smyth and Deiter Webber. Lighting had been fitted by Jim Ruler. The storage racking has been fitted by the Destructors, who have also been busy sorting the nuts and bolts etc and putting them in the racks in between their other jobs.
PMV 1350's interior gleaming white and lighting fitted. Racking fitted to North side. More racking has since been fitted against the South side.

Winter carriage varnishing programme

4-Wheel Carriages

The last of the 4-wheelers to be done, LCDR Saloon Composite Third 6369, is in the workshop and is completing its re-paint including the roof. During the second week of February Pete Jardine is taking a break from 4115 and is lining and lettering the coach ready for a coat of varnish to complete the repaint. At the time of writing, the north side of the coach is having its first gloss coat and Pete is lining the south side.

LCDR Saloon Composite Third 6369 has passed it’s A exam, but the remaining 5 are still to be done. This all needs to be completed by the last week of March, ready for the two-train service which will be operating on some days over the Easter holiday period.
LCDR 4115 - lining and lettering under way.

Bogie Carriages

After the completion of the 4-wheelers, LBSCR Brake 3rd 4186 will be in for a quick revarnish as it is needed for the first running day on March 17th. The only other definite revarnish will be LBSCR 2403, plans for the remaining 2 will have to be reviewed upon the completion of 2403 as we may be too far into the running season to be able to release them from traffic. If 6349 and 2416 are not revarnished this year it is almost certain that they will by next year require full repaints.

LBSCR 5 compartment brake third 4168, LBSCR 8 compartment composite 6349 and LBSCR 9 Compartment Third 2416 have all passed their A exams. LBSCR 8 compartment third 2403 is having a new brake cylinder seal fitted and will have its A exam during the third week in February, there is a picture of it having this work carried out at the head of this page.
LBSCR 8 compartment composite 6349 on the C&W pit having successfully completed its A exam.

The Heritage Goods Train

The first Island Steam Day goods train of the season is on Sunday 10th April, so the A exams on all ten vehicles have to be completed by then.
LBSCR 28345 south side sign writing. When this wagon is complete we will be close to fulfilling our coal train project. That is to create a typical Island coal train using only wagons that were used on the Island.

Other News

The split spoke wagon wheelsets and other wagon spares purchased from the North Norfolk Railway mentioned last month are gradually been re-painted when the weather allows and wheelsets moved to the wheel storage area at the side of Train Story, with the remainder going into the barn.

The triple valve test bench is now near to completion. Once completed, Colin Beckworth will be going through our stock of triple valves from the Talyllyn Railway to ascertain which ones are serviceable.

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 Supervisor Gary Walker has a frequently updated Flickr site, carrying plenty of recent pictures of C&W activity.





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