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NVR Wagon Group Updates

Discussion in 'Heritage Rolling Stock' started by B17 61606, May 21, 2015.

  1. big.stu

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    Whilst it could be fun, it's not really in the scope of the Wagon Group ;)
    As it is the Civils brake van, and we have two runners in bauxite already, it seemed a good choice...it's been a long slog, but we're nearly there now!
     
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    Hurrah! Josh and I finally managed to get across to Wansford for a session on the brake van...and I had to put petrol in the car for the first time since February!

    https://www.facebook.com/nvrwagongroup/posts/1395780803945223

    "DUCKETS AHOY!
    With four members of the Wagon Group in attendance yesterday we managed to refit both duckets so now the Brake Van is structurally complete.
    Whilst Jonathan, Stu and Josh fixed the duckets to the body of the Brake Van, Tim was making the window frames and fitting the windows.
    By the end of the day both duckets were top coated to match the rest of the body."

    Stu, Jon & Josh taking turns to bolt down; Tim making the window frames; Profiled frame; Hello Tim!; Glazing x 2; Fitted ducket; All painted.
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    After months of not being at the railway, this weekend's second post-lockdown visit led to a third as well with trips up to Wansford both days! And Tim kindly delegated the reporting to me for this week...

    https://www.facebook.com/nvrwagongroup/posts/1407931839396786

    "This weekend saw work being carried out on the brake van on both days, and it was all about the metalwork. Saturday saw Tim, Stu, Josh & Phil (once he'd completed assessing a guard returning for first shift post lockdown) work on drilling out the lamp holder, grab handle & hand rail mounting points through the new panelling, and bolting the various holders, handles and hand-rails to the paneling. Unfortunately, it turned out that two of the grab handles had smaller holes than the M16 bolts we had standardised on, so Stu took them home and drilled them out in his home workshop, returning with Josh on Sunday afternoon to finish fitting them. Stu wielded the angle-grinder to chop off excess bolt lengths, until the slitting discs ran out. The lower bolts for the last four vertical hand-rails need a new solution (likely to be a captive nut welded in to the metal bracket work), hopefully that can be done this week to allow the last of the metalwork to be fitted..
    On both days we had help from Dave (@Duty Druid of this parish) of the Mid-Hants Wagon team - much appreciated Dave, a pleasure to put a face to a name - and we hope to build on such exchange relationships with other wagon groups as we move forward. On Saturday, once the trains had finished running, we showed Dave the wagons currently stored near the tunnel on the Oundle siding."

    End of Saturday x 2; Drilling out grab handles; Josh screwing things up; End of Sunday x 2; View down the shed; Running rake currently stored on the Oundle siding at Wansford following some vandalism issues at PNVR.
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    Thanks Stu!

    Had a cracking two days with you guys - really enjoyed myself & was only to happy to muck in. :) ;)

    You've got an impressive & growing rake.

    Hopefully I'll be able to welcome you to deepest darkest 'Amphire & don't forget your overalls! :Jawdrop:

    A few pics from my time on the line....... & not a wagon in sight! (don't want to steal your thunder!)

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/duty_druid/50344848758/in/dateposted-public/

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    A combined update today covering work from last Saturday (when we had hoped to be there, but it didn't happen) and today (Wednesday).

    So Saturday first: https://www.facebook.com/nvrwagongroup/posts/1430184880504815

    "Restoration continued on Brake Van B954024, but there was one bolt hole securing the handrails on the side that couldn’t be found on the inside. It turned out the hole was behind the upright partition at the end of the bench next to the stove....so out came the partition undoing some of the interior woodwork and paint, in went the bolt and then everything went back together. This took Tim and new recruit Jason, who joined us for the first time today, most of the day, but by close of play both doors had handles and Private signs fitted.
    Meanwhile Phil and Cliff carried on with the Palvan, which is now almost all in undercoat. Cliff has put in hours work sanding this van down and it shows as the finish is superb. The Palvan still needs a new roof and doors before final painting."

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    And then Wednesday: https://www.facebook.com/nvrwagongroup/posts/1433328316857138

    "Another great session today with Tim and Phil cracking on with Brake Van B954024.
    The final handrails were fitted to the outside and bolts trimmed to length. Then Phil set to work touching up the white paint and also a bit of grey in a few places.
    Meanwhile, Tim had a bit of a tidy up and cleaned down the chassis to get several months of dust off the black paint (as we’d already painted the chassis at the beginning of the restoration). Then Tim painted the black panels on the body sides ready for lettering.
    We’re on the home stretch now and all that remains on the outside is the lettering, painting the stepboards and veranda floors, and fitting of the resin D-Plates that Tim has already cast. A small snagging list remains on the inside including fitting the chimney for the stove and a bit of paint, but nothing major."

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    More sterling work from Tim & Phil on the brake van.

    https://www.facebook.com/nvrwagongroup/posts/1439719206218049

    "On the home stretch for Brake Van B954024 today Tim and Phil were ticking off some final jobs.
    Inside, some of the metal fittings were replaced and painted white. The ducket insides were also painted white.
    Outside, the D-Plates that Tim had made were fitted, then the stepboards and veranda floors were given a coat of anti-slip black paint.
    All that now remains is the lettering on the outside and installation of the stove on the inside, followed by a few areas of paint touch up and a good clean."

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