The new hardwood beading which was made recently has now been fitted to GWR No 216. We still have more to make and fit before painting can progress but were learning!.
On the Taff Vale coach we removed the northern gutter a while ago. Where there was rot, new wood was set in, old screw holes were plugged then given two coats of Danish oil, a coat of aluminium wood primer and will soon will be reattached to the coach.
Immediately after Easter GWR 216 and 3856 will be put back in the shed and should remain there until August when hopefully all the work associated with returning them to traffic will be complete – we’ll see!
Work on 216 has continued with applying body filler to the newly attached beading, this was then sanded, painted with aluminium wood primer and then a coat of grey undercoat. Much more needs to be done but this preparatory work will allow us to concentrate on the finish coats.
The new oak gutters, which were temporary put in place before the winter, have now been permanently attached. This involved inserting 2 ½” to 3” brass screws every 9 inches or so along the 28 foot gutters. Steel screws are not used as they react with the oak and soon rust. Once in position the screw heads were filled, sanded, primered and undercoated. bThe next stage will to paint the gutters black gloss.
The part of the gutter the water flows in has been left unpainted but treated with Danish oil – to be recoated annually as part of its maintenance.
One of the end gutters, which had been repaired on the bench, has also been similarly treated.
We have also had some new steel pins made in-house to replace worn or damaged ones as part of the handbrake linkage.
Work progresses with the priority concentrated on Taff Vale No 220. Repairs to the doors continues. More beading has been made and fitted. Side gutters are now in black gloss as well as one end of the coach receiving its first coat of black. Work has started on lightly sanding down the gloss on the sides in preparation for varnishing.
We were tipped off some months ago that there was a coach body near Redditch going to be demolished so that a bungalow could be built. On inspection it was found to be a Midland Railway coach and the offer was made to others if they wanted parts to get in touch with us.
A group at Midsomer Norton,Somerset are restoring a Midland Railway five compartment coach and wanted spares. Thanks to the owner we were allowed to remove whatever we wanted. The coach was too badly rotted to be lifted so doors and window frames were removed to Somerset and a car load of external side sheets of a quarter-inch thick mahogany was brought back to Bronwydd. Although we don’t have urgent need for it, it will become useful in the future.
For interest the coach was built by the Midland Railway in 1882. It was a composite luggage either no 246 or 3308. It was then sold to the Midland South Western Junction Railway and became their No 54. It was absorbed by the GWR in 1923 and withdrawn without losing its maroon livery in 1925.
Work in 3846 and 216 now concentrates on the smaller items that need fitting.Three gas lamp pepper pot ventilators have been fitted to the roof and gas lamps to the compartment ceilings. Unfortunately we don’t have the glass globes to finish these off at this time.Hinges are being oiled, the roof of 216 has been given its first coat of white gloss, painting has seen both vehicles’ cream panels sanded, undercoated and glossed, yards and yards of yellow ochre lining divides the cream from the black, varnish has been applied to the ends of the carriages and on the sides to protect the paintwork. Correct buffer heights have been achieved by adjusting the springs. The seat backs will be going to the upholsterer this week with other work such as new running boards, door fittings and final painting taking up our time in the next few weeks
Newly installed upholstered seat bottoms and backs.
With just one panel to be lined out the centre car’s exterior cosmetic overhaul is complete.