Great Eastern Railway 1899 4 Wheel Brake Third 853
Existing progress continues to creep forwards, with more sanding and filling work being the order of the day. The lighting is also approaching an advanced state, with the red/white side lights now operational using their LED technology. Like a diesel locomotive, this vehicle should have the correct lighting arrangements to be able to travel either forwards or backwards without the addition of any lamps - however I suspect that in service they will stick with the trusty BR tail lamp!
London North Eastern Railway 1937 Restaurant Buffet E9128E
The finishing touches have been applied and the vehicle will not be staying with us for much longer.
The final tasks were picking out the passenger communication tell-tales in bright red, and adding all the ochre onto the numbers and "buffet" signs.
London North Eastern Railway 1950 Brake Corridor Third E1866E
Removal of interior components continues. The ceiling has now been removed to allow wiring modifications to be made above to suit the vehicle's new purpose.
All of the existing wiring has also been removed.
The dangerous wooden beam, pictured last week, that was designed to support the toilet water tank, has been replaced this week with a full length new example. This has now been fitted into place.
Two new steel straps for the tank itself have been fabricated and now await fitting.
A set of new wooden supports have been prepared for adding into what was the corridor side of the vehicle originally. These fit below the windows and are useful for securing tables to - if ever they are fitted. At the moment, they are only present on the compartment side. Although the final configuration of the saloon is yet to be finalised, before any paneling is replaced these extra supports are being fitted, just in case tables need to be fitted to both sides in the future.
A start has also been made on adding extra layers of protective paint to all the wooden framework and the rear of the steel which will be hidden from view. One side has been primed along the length of the vehicle below the windows so far.
British Railways 1959 Brake Corridor Composite E21224
Wheelset refurbishment continues for the bogies. The first axle is finished, the second is in undercoat and the third is in rust kill primer. The second is also ready to have its bearing housing refitted.
More small parts, mainly hinges for the landward side doors which are yet to be fitted, have been shot blasted and painted into primer.
Also cleaned up has been the toilet pan, sink and pedestal. There's always a sinking feeling when these have to be scrubbed! Nevertheless they have come out a treat and have now been wrapped to await refitting.
The toilet compartment needs a floor before we can do anything else with it! The sink has also had two taps extracted from storage, which have been cleaned up and overhauled inside ready for plumbing in at the correct time.
A start has been made on polishing the aluminium sections of the window frames on the seaward side, these were unable to be done before they were fitted into position last year but have to be stripped back to bare aluminium so the new paint does not react with the old.
Inside the vehicle, all of the ceilings have now been painted into white undercoat, the difference is stunning.
Welding repairs continue to the landward side, the first repair has been to the lower part of the central passenger doorway, suitably cut out and replaced with new material.
Meanwhile two compartments have had parts of their floors removed to allow access for replacement of the floor bearers in the corridor which had rotted away in many cases. This task alone was a weeks work for somebody.
British Railways 1959 Tourist Second Open M4843
The landward side store cupboard has now been fully paneled out including the ceiling. Beading has also been added so it will not be long before this area is ready for painting.
Door repairs continue with the guards doors inside DMU 51228 being the focus of attention.