Friday, 15 January 2016

January News Part 2

Great Eastern Railway 1899 4 Wheel Brake Third 853

Progress has been in a similar vain to previous updates, peaking on Thursday with four male strippers in action at once inside the coach!

Paint strippers that is... The result of this dubious activity is that the half way point of stripping paint off the internal ceiling is now within grasp.

The grab handles fabricated last week are now also in undercoat.

British Railways 1957 Mark 1 Tourist Second Open E4641

This coach has seen the most people working on it this week. On the exterior, all of the door catches have been fitted to the new steel door pillers and the wooden door jambs also fitted. All of the main window frames have been sanded, filled, and coated in aluminium primer. Good inroads have been made on the massive task of dismantling and cleaning the sliding windows and their surrounding aluminium frames and runners. This last task alone consumed several people for several days.

Moving on to the interior, the ceiling paint preparation has now been completed, but it will be after the bulkheads have been varnished before the painting is actually done. To facilitate this, approximately a third of the bulkhead walls have been stripped of their old varnish, with more to follow next week. The store cupboard, which occupies one of the old toilets, has come on leaps and bounds. All panelling was quickly fitted, and has now also been primed and undercoated. Three shelves have been made, fitted and painted, to carry the proposed cleaning equipment. These were an interesting shape to say the least, with 5 sides at different angles in order to fit into the corner of the coach. Skirting boards and the lino flooring have both been cut to size and will be fitted once painting of the walls and ceiling are complete. The door for the store cupboard has been stripped of varnish, sanded and given a first coat of varnish. Hopefully, the store cupboard will be complete next week, less than two weeks after the area was simply a metal shell.

British Railways 1955 Mark 1 Suburban Composite Lavatory E43041

The coach remains in the sole custody of the two welders with progress continuing apace. Both sides are motoring closer to the Holt end, more skin and corroded framework being cut away and replaced with new. The coach will soon be a completed "skeleton" at the current rate.

British Railways 1954 Mark 1 Suburban Third W46139

The lino flooring has been delivered for the coach. We are now attempting to find a contractor to lay it.

British Railways 1955 Mark 1 Suburban Third Lavatory Open E48001

Work on the interior continues. Several areas under where the seating will be fitted have been painted in gloss white to protect the flooring.

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