LATEST..          The Oldbury Carriage featured in the CH4 Great Rail Restoration Programme is now on Show in our C&W Workshop at Havenstreet - see blog for further details and catchup link          All operating days and events can be found on our YOUR VISIT - Timetables page          BOOKINGS for our SANTA and BOXING Day events 2018 and NEW YEAR'S DAY 2019 are already being taken. Please note that these events now have to be pre-booked and seating is allocated         
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Carriage & Wagon News - July 2016

LBSCR 3 Compartment Brake Third 4115

More good progress has been made by Peter and his team since the May web update

The Guard’s van ceiling and interior painting is complete

The North side grab handles and all fittings are in place and that side is awaiting its final gloss coat with the North side Ducket now lined, finished and varnished.

The scumbling and ceiling in the end compartment are finished and the communication cords are installed. The seat bases are finished and the seat backs are sprung and covered with hessian.

In the middle compartment the ceiling is finished, the scumbling is about to start and the seat backs are finished. The final door for this coach is about to be fitted to the south side of this compartment. 

In the third compartment the scumbling is finished and the seat bases are being sprung and the seat backs are being made.

The installation of the conduit for the lighting is under way.

Six droplights have been made and the remaining grab handles for the South side have been manufactured and are on site.
The North side Ducket - lined, varnished and looking very smart.
The scumbling, seat bases and backs in the end compartment.
The middle compartment.
LBSCR 4115 middle cpt springs
The middle compartment with seat base springing in progress.

Installation of light fittings underway.

SECR 4 Compartment Brake third 4149 Bogies

Although both bogies are complete as mentioned in the last web update we keep finding odd things that need attention, like missing washers. Nothing major, but they all need seeing to! They will also be given a fresh coat of paint. 

All the underframe components are now in the workshop and they are steadily being inspected and worked on as necessary. We are also working on the components for 6375’s underframe in parallel to 4149’s at the moment concentrating mainly on the draw gear and buffers, progress is slow but sure as there are many parts that need attention.  The next item for attention is the crossbeam, work will be undertaken to restore its profile. 
The underframe currently at Bartletts for the fitting of new solebars and headstocks has unfortunately not progressed as we would have wished and we have no news of a delivery date. This is very frustrating as during the summer we have a window to work on these major overhauls before the winter maintenance schedules start and this opportunity is rapidly being lost for this year.
Finishing touches being put to the bogies.

SECR Saloon Composite 6375

The underframe is on the road at the back of the workshop and the London end bogie has had the brake gear stripped off by the Destructors. Jim Scaife has needle gunned the outer surface of the frame and it has been prime. Bob Passmore has done the first black undercoat.

The country end bogie is now out and the springs are off, the next task will be to strip off the brake gear.

The underframe will be sent to a different contractor to 4149 and that is out for tender at the moment. We will be working on 6375’s bogies in house and at the moment it seems that they will need less work than 4149’s
The underframe components in the workshop for attention where necessary.
The London end bogie with the first black coat of paint on the outer surface.

Brighton Coal Wagons 27766 and 28345

These coal wagons are now completed and both have successfully passed their mechanical exams. They now await the opportunity for test running.

LBSCR 10 Ton Open Goods 27834

This wagon was in the workshop for a brief period so that Peter Claus could re-paint it in the ‘old style’ so that it is compatible with the remainder of the heritage fleet.

LSWR 10 ton Road Van - 56046

This is now in the workshop for attention by Steve Rowntree for a complete repaint and a new roof canvas. The re-paint is well under way and the roof canvas is complete. The roof end strips and rain strips were still good but the soft wood gutters needed replacing, Dave Smart has made new ones in hard wood.
The smart interior of the Road Van.
Steve working on the exterior of the Road Van.

Over-Winter re-varnishing and re-painting

Due to time constraints and budget cuts, no work at all was done on re-painting and re-varnishing LBSCR 9 Compartment Third 2416. Next winter this coach will require a new roof canvas and a full re-paint.

LBSCR 8 compartment composite 6349 was put back into traffic after a partial re-paint and a re-varnish, next winter it will require a new roof canvas and a re-paint in malachite green. The new roof canvases hopefully should last for about 25 years
All other coaches received their scheduled painting and re-varnishing according to need and were done to an extremely high standard. Well done Steve Rowntree and his helpers!
6349 when it was in for its winter re-paint and re-varnish earlier this year.

Other News

Having modified the four wheel coach braking systems, where necessary, to bring them in line with Westinghouse practice, they are all now compatible with each other and with the bogie coaches. On occasions we have been able to use four wheelers mixed with bogie coaches when one is out for work to be done. So, we have more compatibility and hence more flexibility between coaches and we have had no wheel flats!

All four bogie coaches in use at the moment have done considerable mileage so far this year and they now need their B exams.

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





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