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    May

    G.W.R. No 216

    Efforts have been increased on burning off old paint sanding and painting bare wood with primer.

    This will allow us to concentrate on painting and filling during our annual work week in July.

    Half of the inside walls have been treated oas such in the last month and  work has now started on one of exterior sides.

    Fortunately much of the original mahogany panels and beading above waist line has survived well enough just to be cleaned and repainted.

    Unfortunately below waistline panels have split or were damaged enough to be replaced.

    GWR 216

    These lower panels will be replaced by galvanised steel sheets with raised mahogany beading before painting.

    While removing paint from the inside there remained screws from match striking plates,tel tale signs of where upholstery was tacked,where luggage racks were attached and other interesting remains including a paper notice from the First World War pasted to one of the door pillars referring to blackout precautions on trains.If anyone knows the full wording we would be interested in a copy.

    GWR216

    G.W.R. No 3846 (ex TVR 220)

    No work carried out recently but the coach is popular with passengers even if their backsides after being on a wooden bench for twenty minutes does not!

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    June

    GWR 216

    G.W.R. No 216

    The Replacement top plate being welded in to position.

    Two replacement steel plates have been drilled then welded to the top of the under frame and then the under frame was given a second coat of gloss paint. A few more last minute jobs  like two new cotter pins for the buffers are being made and the last two metal washers have been inserted in to the buffers rubber dampers. 18 wooden spacers blocks are being made to size and thickness to be attached to the underside of the coach body when it is reunited with its under frame.

    TVR 220

    TVR No 220

    Bench work shows grab handles and lamp irons receiving attention.

    In preparation for the repainting of TVR 220 some grab handles , end steps  and lamp irons have been detached so that they can be wire brushed, and painted ready for re-assembly during the work week. (23rd to 30th July). The luggage rack from the two compartments have been unscrewed from the compartments walls so that the walls could be washed in preparations for repainting.

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    July

    G.W.R. No 216

    72 years after being separated from its wheels and 14 years after its body was recovered from a field, No 216 was lowered onto its new under frame, well its restored 48 year old under frame!.

    The body had been resting on a GWR bogie bolster for some time in preparation for this lift and work on the under frame had reached a point where the body could be attached. A crane was positioned on a siding alongside the coach body and with a spreader beam used to keep the chains away from the body sides and the lifting slings fed underneath, the crane lifted the body  about a foot. The bogie bolster was replaced by shunting its new under frame under the body so that the crane could then lower it onto temporary two inch packing timber.

    The crane is in position to lift the body of GWR 216 off the bogie bolster wagon.

    GWR 216

    The crane is about to lift the body for the its new under frame to be shunted underneath it.

    GWR 216

    Whilst suspended from the crane the bogie bolster (furthest) is being replaced by its new under frame.

    GWR 216

    United with its own wheels, only one milestone in its continuing restoration.

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    August

    T.V.R. No 220 – G.W.R. No 3846

    Since its reintroduction to passenger use in 1990 it has carried the all over brown livery Taff Vale Railway. Not only authentic but it was easier for the teenagers who restored it to apply and saved the time and patience required to lining it out.

    After another repaint about six years ago when all lettering and numbers were left off! it was felt that the coach needed to be smartened up

    With GWR No 216 under restoration the idea that No 220 could also be repainted into GWR livery was promoted. The coach itself was absorbed by the GWR in 1923 and became GWR No 3846.

    Its new colour scheme is based on the GWR livery applied to its fleet between 1923 and 1927.

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

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    September

    TAFF VALE No 220 – G.W.R. No 3846

    Finishing and catch-up jobs have continued this month with the fitting of compartment brass handles, tonnage numbers, end grab handles and end steps and lamp brackets.

    Windows have been scraped of surplus paint and cleaned, door hinges cleaned of surplus paint and polished.

    Both ends have been varnished and one side lined, lettered and varnished. Unfortunately the other side has not been similarly treated due to the lack of time.

    The two passenger compartments have had their ceilings repainted white, the walls washed, sanded, undercoated and scumbled (Grain effect painting).

    The solid wooden bench seats and floors have been repainted with some of the drop lights also having been stained and varnished.

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    This Picture shows the Interior of a compartment after the luggage racks have been removed. (anyone know of TVR cast luggage brackets for reference.)

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    One of the last painting jobs in the compartments was the painting of the wooden seats.

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    An exterior view of the compartment showing lining and lettering details and a BR MK1 grab handle that just fitted the original bolt holes

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    October

    G.W.R. No 216

    No work has been done on the vehicles since the body was lowered onto its new under frame in June due to everyone working on the Taff Vale coach.

    Work has now restarted by attaching the brake hangers, brake blocks, trunions and pull rods with pins, washers and split pins added. Most of this went to plan as all the parts had been cleaned, refurbished, painted and kept in store for the last few year.

    GWR 216

    TAFF VALE No 220 – G.W.R. No 3846

    After eighteen month out of service, 3846 re-entered traffic on the 25th September. Although it only has two compartments passengers were willing to wait rather than travel in the Mark 1 coaches. (there’s the incentive to get 216 working with its 50 seats!)

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

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    November

    G.W.R No 216

    The under frame is now being drilled to take the body retaining bolts,6 down 8 to go.

    GWR 216

    TAFF VALE No 220 – G.W.R. No 3846

    With the coach withdrawn for the winter we now have a chance to catch up with some long deserved maintenance jobs. Rotten wall boards in the guard’s compartment were removed, thankfully it was only the boards, not the frame, that were rotten.

    One of the guard’s windows had been broken for some time so the glass was removed but unfortunately the mahogany bolections (window frames) had to be sacrificed as these parts were held in by steel screws which had rusted and proved impossible to retrieve. Lesson learnt, use brass screws next time.

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

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    December

    TAFF VALE No 220 – G.W.R. No 3846

    The fourth of eight drop lights was replaced after repairs, filling and several coats of varnish. The door handles are being removed in turn for inspection some are proving awkward to dismantle after 115 years. The vacuum gauge in the guards van was removed, cleaned, polished and lacquered and has been returned in use.

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    G.W.R. No 216

    The poor Weather over the christmas week resulted in a small gang hiding from the rain and started burning off the paint from all interior surfaces.

    GWR 216

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