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Once the original paint had been removed back to bare metal it was painted with primer and brush filler
Once the body filler had been sanded smooth the coach was given the final all-over undercoat for applying the gloss maroon.
By the end of the month the vehicle had been painted British Railways maroon gloss and lined out. Various smaller fitting jobs had to be done
BR BSK 35012
is now back in service but still awaiting some lining. lettering and transfers
Bodywork being rubbed down in preparation for repainting
TVR 220/GWR 3846
Work has started on repainting the Carmarthen end wall with some paint removed but otherwise painted with wood primer and gray undercoat with a liberal dose of filler.
The early GWR carriages (like No 793 in our collection) had a single arc roof profile and had tall gas lamp ventilators as shown in the photograph. The later vehicles (like No 216) had higher roofs but squatter ventilators
We would like to find two tall vents for 793 and five short ones for 216 – any help appreciated.
They are made of copper so anyone able to make new ones or point us in the right direction?
The ventilators are screwed onto their turned wooden bases which have been made and painted with danish oil as a preservative ready to be attached to the roof.
With some of the team concentrating on coach No 216,others have spent some time making our lives a little more pleasant by giving the shed a spring clean. Loads of unwanted items,dry paint tins,bits of plastic, wood and metal of not good to man or beast have been disposed of. The concrete floor is being sealed and painted. The space will soon be filled when GWR 3846/TVR 220 enters the shed for the Autumn.
Coach 216 in the photograph is having its ends repainted and varnished.Work is progressing on the roof with fitting the original rain strips and lamp ventilators.
The wooden bases for the gas lamp ventilators are known as “ polos” or “doughnuts”. The five have now been attached by screws from inside the compartments. The polos were then covered with the same canvas material as the roof and nailed into position. The last photo shows the original copper gas lamp ventilator being trialed in position prior to painting the canvas.
GWR No 216
Work has started on attaching the rain strips to the roof.
The Conwil end wall has had its first coat of varnish.
The alarm chain has been run through the tubes and work has started refurbishing the cams and other attachments on bar attached to the butterflies
The Bronwydd end wall has had several coats of filler paint and undercoat. Its now (maybe ) in its final undercoat so black gloss next.On the sides more sanding and painting is going on.
All the picture frames are now in place. Five of the larger frames have reprints of the standard GWR route map found in such carriages other large ones will in due course have an information board about the group and the coach
All the running boards were removed,sanded and repainted and have now been bolted back onto the under frame. Many of the missing bolts for attaching the boards are now in place and nave been painted
Taking advantage of access to the roof,two rain strips per side have been attached. These are the originals from 1888 although some were damaged during their removal several years ago.New pieces have therefore had to be made. As seen in the close-up photo not one corner of the rain strip is a right angle and the new pieces have had to be made to replicate the original.The strips were then screwed into position with their heads filled ready for the whole roof to be painted.
All the rain strips have now been attached. Sounds simple but took two full days to get them bent and screwed into place. All the screw heads were filled,sanded,primered and undercoated and now await the final finish
AROUND THE SHED
To continue making the place a little easier and safer to work in, more items have been removed to create more circulating space. This has allowed more of the concrete floor to be sealed and painted. More metal cupboards have been acquired so that we can store items neatly and have some idea where they are!. Another fire exit door has been inserted into one of the walls