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    January

    G.W.R. No. 216

    The January work weekend saw more progress on the second side. During the last month we have removed the old paint from the body panels,sanded,primered,filled and eventually applied the first undercoats of paint.Some damaged panels were removed and of the five doors,two are intact and reusable,two have had their tops sawn off (when it was a dwelling) and one is so rotten it will have to come off to be rebuilt.Work on the outside will progress to a point when gloss paint can be applied in the warmer weather.

    GWR 216

    GWR 216

    T.V.R. 145

    Removing of years of chicken droppings goes on on the inside and between the outside corrugated iron sheets and the body – it gets everywhere! Apart from cleaning up any debris,no restoration work will be done on this vehicle in the short term.The photographs show what is exposed when the tin sheets are pulled back, the Great Western Railway coat of arms on one panel and an unglazed window with missing bolections – more for the shopping list.

    TVR 145

    TVR 145

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

    Nothing to report

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    February

    G.W.R. No. 216

    Work on 216 has reached a point where the second side above the waist line is in its second undercoat with the gloss hopefully to be applied in May when the weather warms up. Below the waist nearly all the panels had to be taken off they had either rusted,split,warped or were at the wrong depth.One is on,one is ready to go on ,one needs straightening and two need cutting.The wooden packing pieces have been attached ready for the paneling to be screwed on at the correct depth.

    Work has started on preparing and painting the ceiling and the inside end walls which require burning off or sanding of the old paint and applying primer.The aim is to get the ceiling into undercoat before the compartment walls go up this Summer

    GWR 216

    GWR 216

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    GWR 216

    GWR 216

    T.V.R. 145

    At the moment work is focused on drawing up plans on how best to progress with the restoration of this coach.

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

    Nothing to report

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    March

    G.W.R. No. 216

    During the last month the ceilings of all five compartments have been sanded back nearly to bare wood and painted with wood primer. Holes in the ceilings were then filled ready for further painting. The inside walls are also receiving similar treatment in preparation for scumbling (graining) later this Summer.

    GWR 216

    The roof under going preparation for painting.

    GWR 216

    The first coat of White primer is applied to the ceiling.

    GWR 216

    The internal wall in the process of receiving there first coat of undercoat.

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

    After the Winter covered in a tarpaulin the coach was exposed once again. The exterior and the interior compartment walls and seats were washed. Hinges, door handles and door locks were oiled ready for another season (see operating dates)

    T.V.R. 145

    Some physical work has started on this coach. This is the stripping of new material that has been added to the coach whilst in use as a chicken shed. This work is being done to allow an accurate picture of the state of the coach. This is to help us draw up accurate plans for the restoration of the coach.

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    April

    G.W.R. 216

    Work has continued on the ceiling. Filler has been sanded flat and it has now received its first coat of  white undercoat.When the coach became a house back in 1933 three of the four compartment dividing walls were removed and the roof sagged. Accrow props have now been inserted and the roof has been jacked-up level ready for the next stage when the replacement walls will be inserted.

    GWR 216

    GWR 216

    G.W.R. 3846/ T.V.R. 220

    After having been wintered it re-entered service in the Gwili Railway’s Day out with Thomas and was again extremely popular on the “Percy Train”

    Gwili railways Percy

    Thaoms The Tank event at Gwili Railway with molly the cow

    TVR 145

    No News

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    May

    G.W.R 216

    Over the Bank Holiday weekend the wall between compartments 1 and 2 was put up. This is a “sandwich wall” built from vertical tongue and groove planks on one side and horizontal ones the other. They are then screwed together to brace the coach sides together and to hold up the roof.

    The roof had sagged about 4 cms whilst it had been a dwelling after the original compartment walls had been removed.

    When the coach was constructed the floors were built first followed by the side walls then the compartment dividing walls and then the roofs.As we could not take the roof off it became a puzzle how to insert planks that were wider or taller than the coach. We inserted the shorter planks first and slid them into the grooves in the side walls,ceiling or floor. The the last few horizontal planks had to have the groove cut off to allow the planks to fit in and the four central vertical planks were sawn into three bits so that the top could be inserted into the ceiling grove, the bottom inserted into the floor grove and the central piece then cut to size to fit between.

    Both sides of the walls (below luggage rack level) were then screwed together and the Accrop props removed. A start has been made on the remaining three walls

    GWR 216

    GWR 216

    GWR 216

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    GWR 216

    GWR 3846/TVR 220

    No News

    TVR 145

    No News

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    June

    Letter received from the Transport Trust

    Transport Trust Restoration Awards 2007

    I am pleased to be able to advise you that, at its recent meeting, the Trust’s judging panel decided that the restoration of GWR Coach No 216 should receive an award of £500.

    Our cheque in favour of the Gwili Vintage Carriage Group is enclosed and I would mention that in due course you will receive an invitation to attend a presentation in early summer 2008 at which the Award Certificates will be presented, we anticipate by our Royal Patron.

    We are delighted to make this Award for such a worthwhile project and we wish you every success in bringing it to completion.

    Yours sincerely

    John Butler

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    July

    Includes the 3rd Annual Work week

    On average four persons turned up every day for nine days so in one week we accomplished the same amount of work as if we had had in three months of work weekends.

    Work concentrated on GWR No 216 bringing the external surfaces which had been prepared in the earlier part of this year up to a cream and black gloss finish.

    The last of the four compartment partitions was put in and the last accrow prop was removed. The roof  is now significantly more level. Its only ten weeks since the first partition went in and progress is being made on the internal surfaces.

    The tongue and groove partitions were primered before installation and are now receiving undercoat paint and filler to give a smooth surface ready for the gloss white.

    The ceilings had already reached undercoat or gloss finish and all ceiling partitions are now ready for gloss white finish.Also in the compartments several original floorboards which had warped were replaced with new pine boards, primered and then undercoated.

    Over the next few months the job list looks like this

    Paint ceilings and partitions and scumble inside walls

    fit 10 panes of glass to one side

    fit panes of glass to 5 drop lights

    make and attach seat fronts,seat bottoms and backs

    cut and fit galvanised steel sheets to one side

    Paint the roof with another coat of paint

    G.W.R 216

    GWR 216

    James Preparing the exterior for gloss paint

    GWR 216

    A complete Compartment floor in undercoat

    GWR 216

    Paul cutting steel panels for the outside

    GWR 216 - GVCG Member

    Rob looking happy

    GWR 216 - Dewi Jones

    Dewi brings down the last accrop prop

    GWR 216 - Matt Bowen

    Matt prepares paints one of the doors in to gray undercoat.

    G.W.R. 3846/TVR 220

    Has been in use about four days a week and will continue to do so until the end of August

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    August

    G.W.R 216

    Three days work over the August Bank Holiday progressed the project. Now that the new floorboards are in place the countersunk washers for the bolts that hold the body to the frame were attached.

    This meant that some chiseling of the stringer and floorboards was necessary as the bolts have had to be repositioned to align up with the new under frame.

    Continuing on the floor! we have decided not to initially provide heating in the coach and as a result the holes in the floor that remain for the steam heating pipe work have been plated over. Work continues with internal painting of the ceiling partitions and walls.

    GWR 216

    Chiseled out hole for realigned body to under frame bolt washer

    GWR 216

    Countersunk washer in place ready for the bolt to be inserted

    GWR 216

    Hole in the floor for the steam heat pipe and element and the hole at the base of the partition for the heater control cable.

    GWR 216

    )Both holes plated over with galvanised steel sheet and brass screws (maybe one day they will be removed to install heating)

    G.W.R. 3846/TVR 220

    Unfortunately this coach was removed from service for the last two weeks in August as a result of a brake fault and will be attended to soon.

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    September

    G.W.R 216

    Work continues on the ceiling and partition walls. Some surfaces are now reaching their second coat of gloss. The inside walls have now been painted in a dark gray undercoat in preparation for scumbling  (graining) these surfaces. Internal mahogany surfaces of the doors are being cleaned and varnished.

    Some of the seat front beams have been fitted and are attached to the door posts. Originally the mortice and tennon joints would have gone together when the side walls were brought in and fitted to the floor but as we can’t jack out the side walls or remove them and to keep the beam as one piece a different method was required. One tennon was slid into the original mortice in one door post whilst the other door post had some wood removed from around the mortice to allow the other end of the beam to be let in.

    The remaining ten window panes (at £503.00) have been fitted and sealed. The window surrounds, inside and outside are now being sealed and painted. All the compartments floors have had about a third of their surfaces replaced by new floorboards, these have now been screwed down and painted undercoat.

    At the annual Carriage Restorers Convention at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre we were donated five ex GWR carriage doors. These are in various stages of disrepair which can either be repaired or reused as spares.

    GWR 216 - C Handle

    Trail fit of ‘C’ handle.

    GWR 216

    Front and rear timbers in place for new seats

    GWR 216

    Final gloss coats being applied

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    Metal sheet being positioned for screwing to frame

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    October

    Work continues to bring the floors up ready for painting before the onset of winter. To save time and money, steam heating equipment will not be fitted at this point in the coach’s restoration. The tell-tale holes of associated pipe work and controls were plated over and screwed into the floor. The partition walls up to the base of the seat was painted gray undercoat and a wooden piece attached to the partition to act as a support for the seat bottom.

    GWR 216

    GWR 216

    GWR 216

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    November

    Work continues with the thousand and one jobs on the list. In these photographs we can see where layers of weathered varnish have been removed from the inside of the doors. The nicely grained Honduras Mahogany comes up beautifully just like the day it was fitted. It is then given at least four coats of clear yacht varnish.

    GWR 216

    GWR 216

    GWR 216

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    December

    After months of burning off paint, sanding, filling, primer and undercoat it gave the team quite some pleasure to apply a coat of gloss allowing us to get an idea of what the inside of the compartments were going to look like. In these photographs the ceiling planks, hoops and partitions are being glossed brilliant white.

    To find out more about the history about the Group and a few more photos have a look at our four-paged article in the December edition of the Heritage Railway magazine.

    GWR 216 - Painting

    GWR 216 - Painting

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