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Carriage & Wagon News - March 2015

LBSCR 9 Compartment Third 2416

Since the body was re-united with its refurbished frame, Steph Steel and Steve Rowntree and team have been busy. A body panel was replaced, many were re-painted and the whole body given its winter re-varnish. John James re-upholstered all 9 compartments and the lino in four compartments was replaced as the original was damaged when access to the body fixing bolts was required.

The repaired coach was given its test run, going four times to Wootton and back. The 'C' exam and 'A' exam were successfully completed.

2416 was ready for the start of the 2015 operating season and re-entered service on the first day, the in-service bogie set now being made up of 4 LBSCR coaches (2403, 2416, 4168 & 6349).  A news item summarising 2416's overhaul can be seen HERE.
2416 with all overhaul work completed, the next stage was the test run.
New upholstery in all compartments and lino in four.

LCDR 5 compartment Brake Third 4115

After the arrivals and departures of the tamper and PMV 1350, the underframe is once again on the back road and the ‘destructors’ (Andy Tavener, Jim Ruler and Colin Withers with special guest appearances by Stuart Butt (Graham Redfern and Phil Mair are currently on holiday!)) have been busy.

The country end bogie is out again and the wheels and bolster have been removed for cleaning, needle gunning and repainting. Also the country end buffer housings and brass buffer bushes are being removed along with the draw gear, much of which is being very stubborn due to corrosion.
Lifting the bolster out of the country end bogie.
Jacking the bogie to remove the wheelsets.

LBSCR 3 Compartment Brake Third 4115

Pete Jardine with the two Derek’s, two Tony’s, John, Mark and Ivor, has been making good progress with 4115. Six doors are now fitted with 2 more under way, one being the first of two inward opening doors for the guard’s compartment. 

The seat base front rails are cut and installed and compartment ceilings are cleaned and primed. The roof end mouldings and gutter backs are fitted in preparation for the roof canvas and the tongue and grooved timber planed ready for the internal cladding. The end mouldings are fitted to the London end.

The steel ducket tops have been made and the south side fitted, these are the only steel panels on the body. The guard’s seat fittings are being prepared.
This view of LBSCR 4115, taken on 21 March 2015, gives an impression of the progress being made with our latest 4-wheel restoration project.
South side steel ducket top in place. The ducket tops are the only external metal cladding on this coach, everything else is wooden.
The London End of 4115 with all mouldings now in place.
Seat base front rails have now been fitted in the passenger accommodation.

LBSCR 8 Compartment Composite 6349

This coach came into the workshop for its annual re-varnish, by Steve Rowntree and team.

During the ‘A’ exam, some remedial work to the underframe was identified which had to be tackled before 2416 could be passed as fit for traffic. Once again, corrosion was the cause of the problem. Dave Smart has welded new steel into the country end Headstock and sole bar ends. New associated brackets have been made by Dave Smart and Gary Walker and riveted into position. The buffing gear, brake air main, and end step boards were refitted after being removed to enable easier access. With all work completed, 6349 was declared good to go and re-entered service on the first day of the season.
New steel welded into sole bar end.
One of the corroded brackets removed from Headstock. A new item was fabricated and riveted into place.

LBSCR 5 Compartment Brake Third 4168

4168 has been in the C&W workshop for its annual re-varnish by Steve and his team and it has completed it’s A & C exams ready for the new season.
4168 in the workshop, re-varnish complete.

LBSCR 8 Compartment Third 2403

2403 has also been in for the annual re-varnish and has completed its A & C exams.

SECR Bogies

The pair of bogies destined for 6375 has taken a back seat whilst we have concentrated on the repairs to 2416 and getting the remaining bogie coaches ready for the season. Work is now underway again, around 50 bushes have been made by Gary Walker ready for the re-bushing of the brake and bolster suspension linkages. Work will be re-starting shortly in reassembling these bogies.

SECR Dropside 62888

The rebuild of this wagon re-started in mid March, John James is working miracles on his latest project. The pre-cut oak timbers were very rapidly assembled, it now resembles a wagon once again!
A wagon once again!

PMV 1046

1046, which saw service over Christmas in the 'North Pole Shuttle' and is currently being used as our Green Oak store, is now in the workshop.  It is having a new roof canvas fitted after the existing one was damaged in the winter storms.
1046 with the old roof canvas removed and ready for the new one to be fitted.

Other News

Since Christmas, which seems to be a distant memory now, Steph ,Steve and team have been concentrating on re-varnishing the bogie coaches having completed the four-wheelers last year. Since the end of January Jim Clarke has joined Steve and team who have now completed the re-varnishing as Steph has returned to her other work for the time being. After all of the hard work the bogie coaches (4 Brightons) currently in use are all clean and bright, ready for the 2015 operating season.

We have taken delivery of a pair of LSWR bogies which are very similar to SECR Bogies and these have yielded a spare spring for a Brighton coach! Also a new (new to us!) PMV no 1350 has been delivered from Chasewater. In the short term 1350 will prove very useful as a store and will eventually become an underframe donor for a 4-wheel restoration project.
1350 arrives a Havenstreet.
Dave Sunderland has re-painted the C & W workshop viewing area walkway which now looks very smart for the new season 

Drawings for the underframe for SECR 4 Compartment Brake Third 4149 are being prepared, the project to rebuild the underframe will get underway once the steelwork has been delivered.

We are very pleased to be able to welcome our new intake of volunteers for 2015 - Tony Smart Peter Wyatt, Dabeoc Stanley, Jack Gray and Tolly Ralphs.

Join The 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.

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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