07th October 2014
Progress continues on 17101, the internal fibre glass end panels have now been fitted. They have been suffering badly from exposure to light, the orange areas seem to be original, with the lighter yellow areas having been exposed to sunlight. These panels will probably have to be painted.
The toilet floor has been covered with linoleum and a new base rail has been fitted
Another project in its early stages is the creation of a dedicated weed killing wagon. Below is the chassis from a mermaid wagon, the body had become very rotten and was beyond saving. A large number of the tipping body fittings have been removed at this stage, there just remains the two main guides, which will be cut soon to provide a level chassis top.
16th October 2014
The mermaid chassis has now been levelled off and is now outside the shed. It will be shot blasted and primed in about two weeks time.
Another close up view of the levelled off chassis, this will provide the base for the new wagon body.
Back on mark 2 17101, the toilet walls have been re-built. This view has been taken looking through the window aperture.
Another view of the toilet walls, taken from the corridor.
The large double glazed windows, of which six out of the eight windows have been stripped down to remove the glass, have begun the process of being put back together again. All 45 of the 2BA screws have been drilled out, re-tapped and renewed. The rubber seals have been cleaned out and refitted using a rubber sealant similar to that which modern car windscreens are fitted with. The windows suffered badly from leakage, therefore we have sealed the rubber on to the glass, sealed it into the frame and sealed the frame onto the body. Hopefully this will stop any water getting in in the future.
Two of the windows that have been riveted back into the frame.
Mark 1 TSO 4777 has been removed from the running set, brought into the shed to begin the process of a repaint. Over the next few weeks we will be receiving three new coaches which will form a separate dining set, these will be joined by 4777 and SO 4477 to form an independent five coach dining set. It is intended to paint this set in Crimson and Cream.
Taylor starting the rubbing down.