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Windcutter Wagons

Discussion in 'Heritage Rolling Stock' started by Flying Phil, Dec 11, 2018.

  1. Flying Phil

    Flying Phil Well-Known Member

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    I had a tidy up in the steam heat van and found a number of steel louvre strips so I welded the rusty ends to a couple of lengths of angle iron.... DSC00186s.jpg
    Then I took it to the van.......ooops I thought the strips would not be put in to collect water....wrong! DSC00187s.jpg
    So I had to take it apart and reweld ...... Here is the second one in preparation. DSC00188s.jpg
     
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    The two louvre repair sections are (loosely) in place and the end is now a more even colour. The next job is to get the doors to close properly. DSC00191.JPG
     
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    flying scotsman123 Resident of Nat Pres

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    I thought I got the impression this was purchased for parts and was then going to be sold on after some wheelsets had been swapped around etc. , is that no longer the plan?
     
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    Hi Flying Scotsman
    You are quite correct but, as it will be a while before the wheelsets can be swapped, I didn't want it to look too untidy! Also if it has a bit of work done, it may well sell for a better price....it would make a great "Glamping" vehicle............plus I have become quite attracted to it.:Saywhat:
    We did consider if the boiler could be used but it is badly vandalised.
     
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    flying scotsman123 Resident of Nat Pres

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    Fair dos then, that's very good of you!
     
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    Monkey Magic Part of the furniture

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    Are there any preserved working steam heat vans? It strikes me, as being a little bit like the brake tenders, in that they were a solution to a particular problem of the transition to a more modernised railway.

    Not the most glamorous of things. But perhaps a touch undervalued as they were essentially departmental vehicles?
     
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    I believe the GCR did have a working steam heat vehicle quite a long time ago, but I suspect the cost of actually getting, and keeping one in operation, is not worth the effort. Far easier to get the locomotive off shed a bit earlier....
     
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    As did the NYMR (which I believe is still tarped up somewhere on the line), by all accounts the clouds of asbestos that circulated the interior were a not-insignificant issue.
     
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    A couple, if memory serves right. But those memories also suggest that “working” was a debatable term.


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    I was able to buy some perspex and get it cut to size ( even though I had to guess the corner radius as I only sized the window frame with a handy piece of string!) Fortunately they fit and are secured used silicon sealant. DSC00214.JPG
     
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    The best its looked in a number of years....
     
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    Thanks Lil Bear. At least it is now better protected from the weather. Looking at the corroded body panels, it seems likely that the main problem was condensation running down the inside then collecting between the fixing angle iron section on the tank tops and the bottom of the doors. It would not be a huge job to cut off the bottom sections and weld in new sheet.....:rolleyes:
     
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    It's a nice little project for someone to be fair, and a vehicle that is a little bit different.

    Sadly due to our numbers there wasn't enough interest to restore it as original, and to make it a useful vehicle required the fitment of a brake system and full replacement of the steam heat system. The costs from the original plan just seem to be escalating to the point of no longer being justifiable so we cut our losses in order to ensure the vehicle had a better future whilst we could concentrate on projects that had a more justifiable need for expenditure. The results so far seem to show this was the right decision.
     
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    Last seen at Shackerstone I believe :

    http://www.ws.rhrp.org.uk/ws/WagonInfo.asp?Ref=6436
     
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    Thanks for posting those pictures Martin of the "On loan" S Wales Windcutters. Out of interest, are they working on the unrestored wagon #6?
     
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    We have not forgotten our 16t minerals.....
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