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Carriage & Wagon News - Spring 2017

Yes, spring is here and our railway is open and running again with the carriages clean, refreshed and all looking great for the 2017 season. Judging by the full car park for the Easter holidays let us hope that it will be another good season for the Isle of Wight Steam Railway!

LBSCR 3 Compartment Brake Third 4115

Our current carriage restoration project, 4115 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. has been under way. It is now back in the workshop to be finished.

The steam heating and brake pipes will now be fitted and 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 underframe is still at Bartletts undergoing contract repair.  Meanwhile Pete Jardine has been working on the body in Train Story on the interiors of the compartments, refurbishing paint and varnish and on the seat backs ready for re-uniting with its frame when the frame returns from its renovation. Gary walker has also been working on the compartments doing the scumbling.  

4149’s overhauled bogies are being used for 6375 as that underframe has now been returned to us.

SECR Saloon Composite 6375

The underframe has arrived back from contract repair at Llangollen and has been mounted on 4149’s bogies. There is some remedial work to be done on the frame before fitting the brake gear and all the other equipment and before the body can be re-united with it. There is also more work to be done on the steam heating system.  Brake gear bushes are being machined ready for fitting.

The frame has now left the workshop temporarily but will return when space is available.
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6375's refurbished underframe in the C&W workshop, now mounted on the bogies originally belonging to SECR Brake Third 4149.
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Brake components for 6375 are machined ready for fitting.

LBSCR 8 Compartment Composite 6349

This coach is now in traffic and looking very smart after receiving a new roof and full repaint.

LBSCR 5 Compartment Brake Third 4168

Also back in traffic after its roof repaint and body varnish

LBSCR 9 Compartment Third 2416

This coach is currently in the workshop and has had the new roof canvas fitted and given up to seven layers of protective paint, a time consuming process. The body panels were prepared by Steve and his team for a repaint although it was found necessary to replace a few of the panels and mouldings. Undercoating has now been completed, the application of gloss, transfers and varnish will follow shortly.
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LBSCR 2416 with painting of the roof canvas underway - the finished roof will be grey!
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A close up of some of the body work identified as needing detailed attention before the repaint could progress.
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The repaint of 2416 is making progress.

Victorian 4-wheel Coaches

The 4-wheelers have all received their winter maintenance and any necessary exams.  They are currently in traffic, being required in service sooner than usual to meet the additional requirement for early season two-train service days this year. 

Other News

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There is now a new pit for the use of the Engineering Dept on track two outside of the C&W workshop, which will be a great new asset. The new concrete area around track two has been laid and the area is expected to be completed in the near future. This new hard area will make our work easier and safer when we are working outside.
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Paul Fisher has finished rebuilding the ‘A’ type container. The roof has recently been felted. This container will be fitted out and used for dispensing light refreshments just outside the entrance to Train Story. It now resides in the Tent waiting to be painted.
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The dust extraction system which had been mounted inside the wood working shop has now been moved and mounted in a new enclosure on the wall outside the workshop. This has freed up the very useful space that it originally occupied inside the workshop.
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The welding and fabrication shop has been moved to the blue container outside the main workshop building.  This has freed up more space in the wood work shop and concentrates most metal working activities into one place.

Staff Changes

Dan Calcutt has joined the C & W team from Loco Engineering. He is doing his apprenticeship with the Railway and is fitting well into the C & W team. We welcome him as a very willing and able new hand.

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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