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4786 Collett bow-ended corridor Third - restoration

And so we start on our next project! In October 2018 Collett corridor third 4786 moved to Bewdley so we could make a start on its restoration.

GWR Full Third 4786 Appeal - help bring a set of GWR Bow-end carriages into service on the SVR.

 

February 2019

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Body repairs in progress along the compartment side.

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Window no. 8 frame repairs progressing well.

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A compartment sliding door repaired...

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...with another compartment door under repair.

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First of the new battery boxes near completion.

 

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New end panel cutout and trial fitted.

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Close up of the end panel.

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Compartment view towards the corridor.

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Lock-side post to carry door no. 7 removed for renewal.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes.

January 2019

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Stripped mahogany panelling and window mouldings in compartment five.

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View along full length of corridor, painting of compartment sides complete.

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Stripped north end vestibule door.

 

 

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Corner plates fitted to the repaired framework.

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Exterior view of the repaired framework.

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Interior view of corner plates and new window mouldings.

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Repaired stringer above the headstock.

 

Photos: Bob Massey

 

December 2018

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A view along the corridor showing progress.

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The south end vestibule has cleaned up well.

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A modified seat back and base being trial fitted.

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The repairs to the framework have begun.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The corner post is in good condition.

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A view along the new scaffolding.

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A kit of parts for the battery box.

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A view along the corridor of the last sections still to be stripped.

 

November 2018

The work on 4786 has started well. We are working mainly on the corridor side starting from the south end. Much of the framework is in good order, except for the bottom stringer which will need repair along with replacement of all the body brackets. The doors are also good only needing repairs to the lower part of the jambs.

We are currently stripping off the layers of paint, and trial fitting the seats. Our plan is to clean off, repair and refit as we move along as the coach is fairly complete and it will save us storage space. A working platform will be erected during the coming week.

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A view along the corridor after cleaning and tidying up.

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A view of the south-west corner after the external panels have removed ready to repair the frame-work.

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We are trial fitting the seat backs and bases before re-upholstering.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

 

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We've ordered a regulator cupboard to fit in here.

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The south-west vestibule the end panels have been removed.

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The toilet doors are sound...

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...but the toilet compartment needs some work!

 

October 2018

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4786 shunted into posistion at Bewdley. The coach will be covered with new transpartent tarpaulins. Initially we will remove the external panels to assess the work to be done.

 

Photos: Dave Smith.

 

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A few views of the interior, a surprising amount of the original has survived.

 

 
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