One half of the rear folding doors, which has been fitted in place.
The vestibule step, this proved to be exceptionally difficult as the level of the main floor is slightly higher and required a taper piece to be fitted.
Another view of the vestibule step
Above the entrance the door guide had to be completely rebuilt, even the steel tray holding the wood had rotted through. As can be seen in the picture only one small piece of wood making up the door track was able to be salvaged.
After one step forward it is two steps backwards as problems have been found in the cross corridor floor and door hinge pillars. This has meant that more stripping had to be undertaken.
Here Bennie is working on the door pillars.
Also pictured below cleaning the floor panels of loose rust. The floor consists of the steel corrugated panels seen in the picture, on top of this is placed 6mm thick plywood, a sheet of expanded foam which is topped with another sheet of 6mm ply. This is held down by self tapping screws through the wood and foam, into the steel. The problem is that the whole thing acts like a giant sponge, holding the water and causing rot.
The new panelling in the compartments has been receiving a number of coats of varnish.
Joyce seen here applying the varnish in another compartment. A rare picture because when the camera comes out everyone disappears.
More varnish work, this time the capping strip above the compartment sliding door.
Light fittings have been cleaned and refitted.
In the toilet the plumbing has been completed.
The cross corridor floor awaiting patch repairs to the steel work.
The weed killing wagon
A computerised image of how the finished wagon will look.
One of the drop sides being constructed.
The hinge bands, strengthened and painted ready for fitting.
A completed drop side in position.
The drop side in its open position showing the steel inner lining.
All of the brake block drop links and block holders have been refurbished and refitted.
LMS 27234 Third Open built 1945
Work has started on stripping this vehicle, with all items of upholstery removed and sent to the upholsterer for repair.