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    January

    T.V.R. No 220 – G.W.R. No 3846

    Off site work has seen five out of the eight drop lights re-varnished and returned to their doors.

    As the drop lights are extracted through the top of the doors, the inward opening guard’s doors have to be removed from their hinges to allow this operation.

    Other jobs have included repairs to the alarm chain, cleaning and lacquering the vacuum gauge and replacement of door ventilators..

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    Guard’s door had to be removed from the frame to replace the drop light

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    Replacement glazing for broken window in guard’s compartment

    G.W.R. No 216

    Toughened glazing panes at £30.00 each have been obtained for fitting in overhauled drop lights

    GWR 216

    Countersunk washers cleaned and painted ready for placing in the thresholds of the doorways to support the bolts that attach the body to the under frame.

    GWR 216

    Guard’s door had to be removed from the frame to replace the drop light

    GWR 216

    Replacement glazing for broken window in guard’s compartment

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    February

    T.V.R. 220 – G.W.R. No 3846

    Work proceeds to get this vehicle ready for the Gwili Railway’s Day out with Thomas event on the 14 to 18th April. Details on the Gwili Railway web site www.gwili-railway.co.uk

    The coach will also be in public use on every Sunday in May, June and July.

    Photographs show varnished door ventilator parts and a drop lights before and after varnishing.

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    G.W.R. No 216

    Although at the moment this coach is seen as the fall back work load to 3846 it has seen an increase in activity. Over the last month much of the old paint on the interior walls has been removed ready for painting when the weather gets better. To avoid any deterioration a purpose made tarpaulin has been delivered and should protect the vehicle and its workers for some time. The tarpaulin was made by Tony Beal www.tonybeal.com and cost just under £400.

    GWR 216

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    March

    TAFF VALE No 220 – G.W.R. No 3846

    When one spends four hours lining up, drilling and replacing screws its difficult to explain enthusiastically about it. Checking and oiling door locks,door handles and freeing tight drop lights comes a close second.

    Fortunately some of our dedicated team are willing and able to get such jobs done without expecting glory to be bestowed upon them. Some of our younger volunteers who gained experience during last year’s work week are now tackling repainting the interior walls in the brake end of this coach,hopefully photos of this progress will be published next month.

    The broken end window in the guard’s compartment which we had put up with for years has now been replaced.

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    G.W.R. No 216

    Apart from some small scale further burning off of old paint and sanding no other work has been done on this coach in the last month as all our efforts have been concentrated on 3846.

    GWR 216

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    April

    G.W.R No 216

    Efforts this Spring have now moved this coach and has included a start on burning off  old paint and sanding the woodwork in preparation for painting undercoat and gloss during Work Week in July.The livery will be the pre 1927 brown and cream which will match 3846.

    GWR 216

    9 out of the 10 original drop lights (door windows) survived and have now been refurbished.So we were one drop light short. Dave Flavell,restoring the Barry Railway coach on the Severn Valley Railway, rescued one (yes just one) drop light from a GWR coach used as a holiday home that was being broken up at Hampton Loade 20 years ago.He has now donated this one to the GVCG so we have a full set of drop lights,if that was only true about the doors!.

    3 GWR roof gas lamps have been donated in an un restored condition and without glass globes. These will be restored for electric use.We already have 3 restored ones in store so we now have 5 with one spare, or are we just four short for coach No 793

    GWR 216 Lamps

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

    The inside of the guards van is gradually being repainted,and if the volunteers can face it, hopefully scumbled (grained) later this Summer.

    Operating days for this coach this year are :- Every Sunday in May June and July

    Sunday 1 October (Gala) and Fri,Sat,Sun 27,28,29 October (Day out with Thomas)

    Check out www.gwili-railway.co.uk for times and fares

    Scrapped Vans

    Not quite preservation but the Gwili Railway has cut up two LNER 12 Ton box vans recently.

    The Group managed to recover buffers,buffer collars,rubber dampers, a vacuum cylinder and a set of wheels all suitable as spare parts for No 3846’s LNER under frame.

    2nd Annual Work Week Sat 22nd until Sun 30th July

    Following on from last year’s successful Work Week when TVR 220 was repainted,this year we will be tackling the bodywork of GWR No 216.If anyone can use a paintbrush,screwdriver or a hammer we have a job line up for you.If you can not those who learnt last year can show you how its done – our experts have only one year’s experience so you won’t be far behind.

    Meet the Team Day Sunday 23rd July

    This is the day you need to come if you want to see how work is progressing,see how things are done,  have a chance to talk to those involved and find out what our plans for the future are.The team will be at Llwyfan Cerrig station working on coach No 216 but also on this day you will have a chance to ride in 3846 on the service trains.

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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.

    GWR 216

    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

    G.W.R. No 216

    Work has started on replacing damaged external panelling.When withdrawn from passenger use the body sides had already been patched up by the GWR.

    Some panels were original mahogany,some had been replaced by steel sheets which were now rusted through or galvanised steel sheets which had survived from the 1920’s.

    Some panels had beading and others were were flush,most were not at their original depth so this meant that the side was stepped and not uniform.

    GWR 216

    The decision was either to keep the panels as found and restore the coach to its as withdrawn state thus saving work and time or restore the paneling to look as it did when it was built.

    GWR 216

    It’s the latter we aim to do but replace the mahogany with galvanised steel sheets to reduce costs and the chance of rot.The photos show the panel removed to expose the framework and a replacement steel panel in place and painted.

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

    This coach was used recently for a filming contract in a mixed train formation.It was kept in this formation to carry members of the Gwili Railway Preservation Society to their AGM at Llwyfan Cerrig on Saturday 24th June.

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    Its also seen running around its empty train at Danycoed.

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

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    July

    G.W.R. 3846 (ex TVR 220)

    This vehicle has been in use on Sundays and other various days in May June and July and has now been removed from the main train set to allow other higher seating capacity Mark 1s to be used.

    Always popular with the passengers finding hard wooden seats a novelty it was nice to see members of the “Victorian Society” visit the railway this month specifically to travel in this coach.The coach has also been used twice recently for filming contracts.

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    G.W.R. No 216

    During July the coach was moved into a shed and restoration of the body started in earnest. Rotting wood,split panels,rusting panels,old nails and old screws were removed and a start made on what remained. Removing paint,sanding wood,primer wood,filler and undercoat.

    The roof was given a coat of paint and a start was made on the attaching galvanised steel panels and installing windows.

    GWR 216

    GWR 216

    To protect the coaches it is necessary to have suitable infrastructure, such as maintenance and storage sheds, support vehicles, paint, tools and materials all of which also cost money.

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    August

    G.W.R. 3846 (ex TVR 220)

    Although the coach was to have been stored for August whilst the MK1 set took the brunt of the Gwili Railway’s train service it was evident that on some days the attaching of this 115 year old was required to strengthen the set to the delight of all who rode in it.

    Why ride on a hard sprung, wooden seated coach when MK1 are upholstered and much more comfortable?

    G.W.R. No 216

    After our annual Work Week in July progress continued during August by the few. The mahogany side panels had been removed and to ensure that the 1.6mm new galvanised sheets were put on to the original profile a 7mm wooden packing piece was required. Pine which had been cut to size was then pinned to the frame to await the steel sheets.

    GWR 216

    This picture shows the packing pieces being nailed into place.

    GWR 216

    The completed packing for the new galvanised sheet.

    We have installed our first bolections (window frames), something new to us and to those accustomed to GWR windows will sympathise that this task is not as straight forward as one thinks. Its quite satisfying to feel that by the time the tenth window is seated in place we begin to think we are experts, well you know something at the end of the day you didn’t know that morning anyway.

    GWR 216

    The last of the 10 Window on the Llewyfan Side, is being put in.

    GWR 216

    This is the condition of the coach after concerted effort during July and August.

    GWR 216 & TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    This photo was taken in March of this year and has been included to show how much has been achieved in the last couple of months

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    September

    G.W.R. 216

    The last month saw efforts concentrated on making the coach presentable for a photo charter and watertight for the winter. Although some of the photos may give the impression that the exterior is nearing completion this is not so

    GWR 216

    Only the ends and one side give this impression whilst the second side  requires similar treatment. The body above the waist is well painted although much of the beading around the waist and on the ends of the coach is missing and will need to be manufactured.

    GWR 216

    The bolections for the side glazing needs tightening up,more mastic and eventually more painting to make it waterproof and five overhauled glazed drop lights were slotted into place.

    The galvanised steel sheets below the waist line were cut to size and around any protruding hinges.The panels are only temporary held in position,the many screws which will need to be inserted will be done at a later date.

    GWR 216

    GWR 216

    Door handles which had been overhauled were attached but again knowing that much work is still required to make the doors robust enough again. The roof has had several coats of paint.

    GWR 216

    The coach emerged after four months in the shed to some favourable comments but in November the coach will again be covered under a tarpaulin,along with 3846,to protect them both from the elements.

     

    Charity

    The GVCG has been successful in registering as a charity, this is to ensure the protection of No 793 and 216 and their future.

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    October

    G.W.R. 216

    This coach was used for internal publicity purposes coupled to GWR 3846 and visiting GWR pannier tank No 5764 from the Severn Valley Railway

    (see www.svr.co.uk)

     

    G.W.R. 3846 (ex T.V.R. 220)

    In use on service trains on 1st October service trains on the Gwili Railway’s GWR Day. It will also see service on 27,28 and 29 October on the Day out with Thomas event. Afterwards the coach will be covered with a tarpaulin for the winter.

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    GWR 5764 - GWR 216 - TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    T.V.R. 145 (G.W.R. 4006)

    Taff Vale Railway coach No 145 was recovered from Devon and delivered to a private site in West Wales on 23rd October.

    It will now be thoroughly investigated and documented before any dismantling or decisions made regarding its restoration.

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    November

    G.W.R. 216

    This coach is now under a tarpaulin and winter work will concentrate on the one external side, painting,attaching panels and glazing.

    G.W.R. 3846 (ex T.V.R. 220)

    This coach was used on a GWR pannier tank hauled photo charter in October and photos of this has appeared in Heritage Railway magazine.

    As a result of a £500 grant we received last year,which we used to repaint this coach, the Regional Director of the Co-op visited the group recently. Hopefully a photo of the coach and some group members should appear in their staff magazine soon.This  coach  has now now been withdrawn from traffic and is under a tarpaulin until Easter 2007

    T.V.R. 145 (G.W.R. 4006)

    Is now at a private site in West Wales was visited by members of the group with much discussion about how to go forward and fund this project.The roof,one side and two ends are all clad in corrugated iron and the exposed side is now protected from the weather by a plastic sheet. Underneath the sheets can be seen the original yellow and black lining and shaded number 4006.The GWR garter crest also survives in remarkably good condition.

    TVR 145 - GWR 4006

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    December

    As would be expected in December,members are busy with other important work on the railway and little work was carried out. A few stalwarts “escaped” after Christmas and and some progress can be reported.

    Some of the “escapees” (seen at the modern Cardiff Queen St Station) managed to travel on and cover the remaining TVR passenger lines. Sadly not much remains of the TVR. There were cast iron gates at Pontypridd embossed with the TVR letters,Pentyrch Station building from 1840 stands and and some original buildings and a canopy at Llandaff remain .What is not so noticeable is that although all the remaining station buildings and signal boxes have gone surprisingly there remains many road and rail bridges.Most are now over a hundred years old some getting on for 170 years old and in places like the Rhonda and Cynon Valleys predate the houses and chapels – does anyone care about the last reminders of the TVR and the industrial revolution?

    GVCG Outing

    G.W.R. No. 3846 (ex-T.V.R. 220)

    After some delay work restarted on repainting the guards compartment. Walls were sanded, primered, filled and undercoated.We will now wait for better weather before scumbling (graining) the walls.

    TVR 220 - GWR 3846

    G.W.R. No. 216

    More of the inside walls are being stripped of old paint,sanded and primered. Wherever possible the remaining outside wall is receiving the same treatment.

    GWR 216

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