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Carriage & Wagon News - March 2018

Spring is just around the corner except for the latest Met Office forecast, so fittingly we are still in the ‘winter maintenance’ mode, among many other activities, making sure that the carriages are fresh, repainted where needed and re varnished to our usual high standard ready for the first train of the 2018 operating season on Sunday 18th March.

LBSCR 3 Compartment Brake Third 4115

The carriage has been accommodated in the tent outside the workshop on track one, work on the upholstery has been continuing and the design of the handbrake linkage etc. is under way.

The steam heat and brake pipe work is being fitted, all being well it will be finished within the next few months. There will then be testing to be completed before it can be put into traffic.

SECR 4 Compartment Brake Third 4149

The refurbished underframe has now returned from Bartlett’s and has been shot blasted by Island Blast Cleaning, sprayed with anti-corrosive primer, painted with black undercoat and underframe black. It is now in the workshop with as many people as possible working on it, to re-fit all the brake gear and pipe work etc.  and that is progressing well.

Some of the framework and the hangers needed reshaping to enable the refitting of the hand brake gear etc.  The re-fitting of the brake levers is complete and the brake cylinder has been dismantled in-situ for inspection/cleaning and was found to be in excellent condition and very clean. It has now been re-assembled and levers and pipe work assembled to it.
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The refurbished brake cylinder back in position.
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Callum cuts a length of brake pipe to size, completed pipe runs can be seen on the underframe.
A full new air brake pipe work system has been made and is being fitted to the frame.  The battery boxes are being overhauled in the workshop. The smaller one is complete and has been re-fitted to the frame, the larger one is having all of the woodwork replaced with a new, being done by Haydn and will be re-fitted when finished.
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The small battery box, repaired and back in position.
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4149's new large battery box nearing completion.
The buffer castings have been refitted and the bogie bolster castings are being exchanged for the correct ones for 4149. The bogies were originally going to be used on 6375 and so those bolster castings were fitted, but they are now being swapped back to suit 4149.
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C&W Foreman Dave Smart (right) and Dan Calcutt replacing the London End bolster castings.
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The casting replaced and bolster remounted.
The carriage doors are being overhauled in the workshop by Paul and Haydn. Peter and others have been working on the interiors of the compartments in Train Story, refurbishing paint and varnish ready for re-uniting the body with its frame.
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A pair of 4149's doors receiving attention in the C&W workshop. 

SECR Saloon Composite 6375

The underframe arrived back from Llangollen last year. There is some remedial work to be done on the frame before fitting the brake gear etc. before the body can be re-united with it. There is more work to be done on the steam heating system and brake pipe work. Also, the bogies are yet to be overhauled.

The frame has now left the workshop temporarily but will return once 4149 is finished.

Over-Winter re-varnishing and re-painting

Steve and his team are in their winter mode of working their magic on our carriages, cleaning, painting and varnishing to bring them back to their pristine ‘beginning of season’ condition.

LBSCR 5 Compartment Brake Third 4168

4168 was recently in the workshop for a re-varnish and roof re-paint. And as little else is needed on this coach it was completed and is now ready for the start of the new season.

The ‘A’ exam had been completed.
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4168's exam was carried out in bitterly cold conditions, our hosepipe gives an indication of the temperature!
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'The Destructors' brave the cold weather to carry out 4168's 'A' exam.

LBSCR 5 Compartment Third 2343

2343 has completed its winter maintenance, the ends and sides have been thoroughly cleaned and de-greased, re-painted and then re-varnished. The roof has been cleaned and repainted. It has since returned to Train Story.

LCDR 4 Compartment Composite 6378

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6378 is now in the workshop for its winter ‘spring clean’ as it is having a roof re-paint and the usual thorough clean and re-varnish.  Steve is seen repainting the Country End.

PMV 1964

'The ‘Destructors' are currently removing the old floor of PMV 1964 and will be replacing it so that the van can be used safely.

SR Bogie B Van S210

This bogie PMV is in the process of being painted British Railways blue and will be having a new felt roof fitted. Steve and his team are doing this work, but as the van is outside, the weather is at the moment delaying the progress.

Prior to the re-paint, attention was given to the bodywork having many new boards made and fitted, the underframe has been needle gunned and painted black. This vehicle is our main wood store.
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The North side of S210 during the transition to British Railways blue.

Other News

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Callum, our apprentice, has been having a break from metal work recently. As part of his NVQ he has been trying his hand at woodwork, making a new carriage door drop-light
The workshop lighting has been transformed by the installation of LED lighting with the double benefits of bringing better illumination and reducing power consumption.

We welcome Haydn Wheeler and John Best who were both with us in 2017 on contract and have joined us as permanent staff.

Join The Team

New volunteers are made 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 have a dedicated team for these) and you're are interested in becoming a volunteer then please contact the railway’s Volunteer Coordinator and arrange to pay us a visit.

Keep in touch with C&W

We may work on equipment from the age of steam but our methods of communication are bang up to date!

C&W team member Derek Atkins has created an (unofficial) Facebook page which carries the latest information about progress in the C&W workshop, called  IWSR C&W Happenings.  There is now a further Facebook page featuring progress on the SECR Carriages Appeal Project.

In addition, C&W volunteer Gary Walker has a frequently updated Flickr site, carrying plenty of recent pictures of C&W activity.






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LCDR 2515 and LBSCR 2343 on the inspection pit for their A exams - 12th March 2018.




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