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Carriage & Wagon News - September 2014

LBSCR 9 Compartment Third 2416

In early August, the body was successfully craned off the frame as planned and work continues at a good pace to restore the sole-bars with additional weld metal which is then ground flat. As necessary new metal sections are being welded into place where the wooden body mounting pads sit to replace areas which are badly corroded. The welding is being carried mainly by Dave Smart with assistance from Gary Walker and the other sterling work on the frame is being carried out by Gary Walker, Peter Jardine and Colin Ward

The new head-stocks are progressing well and the reinforcing pads for the buffer mountings have been made and are being drilled ready for riveting. The headstocks will be fitted in place temporarily to help stabilise the sole-bars while other frame stiffening members are removed from the frame for the removal of considerable build ups of scale and repair as necessary. More welding will be required to complete the headstocks.

The trussing queen posts on the south side have been removed for cleaning and painting and for the frame above then to be inspected.

Work has also started on cleaning the remainder of the frame to enable a detailed inspection to take place prior to painting.
2416 frame work Aug 14
Grinding in progress!
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Pete Jardine (left) and Colin Ward removing a side truss.
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A Truss Queen Post removed for cleaning.

LCDR 5 compartment Brake Third 4115

The needle gunning and painting of the bogies and the frame is continuing and the London end bogie is progressing well in between the rain downpours.

By the end of August, the country end bogie had also now been removed and dismantled ready for needle gunning and painting and two wheelsets from this bogie will need their journals turned, so three wheelsets out of the four from this frame will need attention to their journals. The ‘Destructors’ (Graham Redfern, Andy Tavener, Jim Ruler and Phil Mair) have been doing the dismantling and Dieter Webber, Steve Rowntree, Jim Scaife and Bob Passmore have been progressing the needle gunning and the painting.
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Steve Rowntree needle gunning the London End bogie. 
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Andy Tavener applying a protective layer of Denso tape to one of the journals.
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Graham Redfern and Andy Tavener dismantling the Country End bogie - sitting down on the job but not resting!

LBSCR 3 Compartment Brake Third 4115

Pete Jardine has made good progress as the side panelling and mouldings are now complete, the country end panelling and mouldings already being complete. Also all the three panels of the London end are in place, just the mouldings to complete that end. Work on the compartment ceilings and partitions has also progressed.

Work has started preparing the roof for canvassing and work is also progressing on the doors.
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London End panels in place.
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South Side panelling and moulding in place.

SECR Bogies

Work on the overhaul of the bogies from SECR Saloon Composite 6375 was temporarily stopped due to need to make the underframe repair of LBSCR 9-compartment third 2416 the higher priority.

Circumstances have now allowed some work to be undertaken; the second bogie now has all of its new framework fitted and its new ends, they are currently bolted into place waiting riveting. All of the corner spring hanger brackets have been removed.
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Andy Tavener and Phill Mair removing corner spring hangers.
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Graham Redfern burns off a spring hanger rivet.

Ballast Hoppers

Our four Ballast Hoppers are having their annual examinations completed and the brakes and Hopper mechanisms cleaned, freed-up and greased by the ‘destructors’
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'The Destructers' work on the ballast hoppers over the Train Story pit.

SECR Dropside 62888

As planned, our latest wagon project is now in the workshop for restoration. John James and Jim Clarke have between them completely dismantled it and John has started machining the new oak frame members. The metalwork, which is generally in good condition, is in the workshop van for Jim Scaife to needle gun and paint ready for reassembly.

On dismantling it was discovered that the wheelsets are Great Western but the axleboxes are LBSCR! The wagon was originally bought by the SECR from a contractor.
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This was once a wagon - and will be again very soon!

Other News

Unfortunately the withdrawal of 2416 has caused a few high season sleepless nights for the Operations Dept due to the very welcome large number of passengers. Some juggling of carriage formations has been needed to deliver maximum possible capacity, as well as occasional peak time additional trains. We hope to rectify the carriage availability situation by returning of 2416 to traffic as soon as possible, following that up with the return of 6375 once the bogie overhauls are completed.

Our infrastructure contractors, Bob & Ollie Mackett, have been busy around the country end of the C&W workshop with smart new railings and gates penning us up like cattle in a market on view to the visitors! Then there is Ollie’s Folly - a gate with the hinges on the wrong side! Still, no harm done and all is well now and the new gates make access much easier for us and the site looks much neater. Many thanks to Bob & Ollie!

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 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 by e-mail on

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