Midland Railway (later M&GN) 1886 6 Wheel Picnic Saloon 3The water system described last week has had its pipework fitted which concludes the work on the water tank (hopefully as a test remains to be undertaken!) that supplies the sink. The buffers were found to be positioned too short so they have been removed and some minor modifications are being made to make them sit at the correct distance from the couplings. On the interior, the “picnic” tables have received two coats of varnish (see image) although more coats are required for a satisfactory result. Rexine material has also been applied to the two passenger doors; they look very nice in their maroon colour. Work has now started on the passenger communication chord which will run the full length of the vehicle. Some steel tube has been acquired and this has now been test fitted in places and the tubes are now in the process of being painted.
|Picnic table with varnish starting to be built up|
British Railways 1955 Mark 1 Second Open E4372One of our favourite coaches, dining car E4372, has been at Weybourne for a repair. Whilst normally very well behaved, the brakes decided to start leaking vacuum. Originally thought to be the vacuum cylinder itself, after inspection some neighboring valves became the main suspects. These are being swapped to allow this coach to be returned to service quickly.
|E4372 back in Weybourne yard for a vacuum repair|
British Railways 1957 Mark 1 Tourist Second Open E4641The “Gold” overhaul has progressed on three fronts. Firstly, the metalwork around the Holt end seaward side corner has reached the stage where the new floor plate and crash pillar bottoms have been welded in (see image). A small amount of paintwork has also been stripped off the seaward side ready for bodywork. Secondly, the landward side toilet has had its framework refitting completed and five out of six Formica panels have been fitted onto the frame. Thirdly, the seat end stripping of old varnish powers on with several more being completed this week thanks to the input of volunteers.
|Heavy repairs to the bottom corner|
British Railways 1954 Grounded Tool Van DB975129 (Ex Brake Corridor Second 34495)A new project for the department this week is assisting in the disposal of this ex breakdown tool van which has been a grounded body (no bogies) in Weybourne yard for approx 20 years. With the railway expanding and a new boiler shop being created, the area the coach has occupied is required to lay a track into the side building which will house the boiler works. Prior to scrapping the interior of the coach had to be completely stripped out with no wood remaining, leaving a steel bodyshell behind. In just three days, with a lot of help from M&GN society and NNR carriage and wagon volunteers, all of the ceiling, wall panelling and supporting woodwork has been removed and burned, with about half of the floor also pulled up. Assistance was also given in removing the last of the items which has been stored in there (it was a diesel loco store). Some limited spares have been obtained from the vehicle as well, including window frames, chequer plate flooring and roof vents.
British Railways 1956 Mark 1 Suburban Brake Second E43357The most advanced Suburban in the “Sub 4” project edges ever closer. More panelling has been fitted to the guards van, with only the top section of one wall still to complete (see image). The seaward side footboard has been sanded back and repainted in undercoat – luckily this board is of sufficient quality to reuse – and the charging sockets for the batteries have been removed for restoration and rewiring.
|Guards van panelling being fitted|