Friday, 28 August 2015

August News Part 5

We start with the celebration of 15,000 views of the blog to date. It will be interesting to see how many views there are in January when the blog can celebrate its first birthday!

Midland Railway (later M&GN) 1886 6 Wheel Picnic Saloon 3

The emperor of all stepboards continues to progress with the top example on the seaward side now fitted to the vehicle. The remaining boards have now been painted in gloss black as well.

On the interior, the lino flooring has received its sealant, essential for keeping it clean and in good condition. Underneath the coach, the hornguides have now been greased and the brake rigging is under test again.

Great Northern Railway (later M&GN) 1887 6 Wheel Third 129

The wooden packing pieces mentioned last week are all now fully bolted down which completes this task. Also complete is the drawgear assembly, which received its final components, the drawhooks themselves, this week.

The new steel C sections have also had the spring hangars all trial fitted, which took some time as all the holes had to receive a “NITMeC” (for the uninitiated that is a “Norfolk Imperial To Metric Conversion”!)

British Railways 1957 Mark 1 Tourist Second Open E4641

The paintwork sanding and door paint stripping described last week continues using the same victims, the first of the six exterior doors has now been completed and is in primer until it can be fitted to the coach.

All the glass for the exterior windows is also in the process of being cleaned and is now being kept in a safe place until the time comes for installation.

British Railways 1955 Mark 1 Suburban Composite Lavatory E43041

A repair to the top edge of the roof on the Sheringham end has been progressing this week, and already the replacement panelling has been tack welded onto one side.

Also receiving metalwork are the doors, several of which have had new steel bottoms added to them by Jon and Nico. This job is particularly skilful as doors are one of the hardest parts of a carriage to weld because the original metal distorts so easily when a new piece is welded in.

Finally, the battery box covers for the coach have been stripped of their old bitumen paint and coated in primer.

British Railways 1954 Mark 1 Suburban Third W46139

Now that this coach is back in the staged area a push has been made on fitting out the interior, much of which has already been restored and has been in store awaiting fitting. In one week, the wooden veneered panelling has been fully fitted throughout the coach, and other wooden trim is now been trial fitted round the doorways. Trim which sits just below the ceiling is also being fitted apace.

A full set of draught excluders have also been fitted to all the doors. The wooden interior window frames are now in the process of being primed as unfortunately they weren’t in good enough condition to be varnished so will have to be painted brown instead.

Woodwork for the doors receiving final varnishing

British Railways 1955 Mark 1 Suburban Third Lavatory Open E48001

The toilet progresses with the corner beading strips being fitted and painted. More varnishing of the window woodwork has also been completed.

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