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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.

 

November 2019

On 4786 the corridor side framework repairs are complete and work has begun to repair the north corner post. We will shortly fit new glass to all nine of the large corridor windows. Work has begun on repairs to the external doors.

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Newly painted underframe and the steam heat piping installation.

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Some of the external doors for 4786 under repair.

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Toilet tiles at the south end cleaned or replaced.

 

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View of the new corridor ceiling panels.

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View looking along the corridor from the north end where there's still ceiling panels to fit.

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Trail fitting of the seat back and base - they fit well.

Photos: Mick Haynes

October 2019

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More of the compartment frames have been fitted.

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Repairs have begun on door no. 1.

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Corridor ceiling being fixed into place.

 

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The first of the new radiator castings.

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Work has begun on stripping the toilet at the south end.

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Tiles being fixed in north end toilet.

September 2019

 

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Newly repaired framework, corridor side.

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New ceiling in north end toilet.

 

 

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Trial fitting of seat back and panelling.

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New photo frames being made and fitted.

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Rewiring in progress along the corridor ceiling.

 

August 2019

 

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View along the corridor receiving base colour.

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View along the corridor with new cantrail and roof edge.

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The rotten cantrail before replacement.

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New cantrail fitted.

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Roof edge fitted.

 

 

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Newly built regulator cupboard installed.

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The new battery box is now fixed into position.

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Ceiling panels ready to be fitted.

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More progress with the seating.

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Tiles being cleaned down.

 

Photo: Mick Haynes

June 2019

Despite the recent weather we're making good progress!

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The inward face of the vestibule door.

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The exterior of the vestibule door.

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Another seat base ready for modification.

Photos: Mick Haynes

 

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More new roof edges - just three remaining on the corridor side to complete.

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The new picture frames in compartment no1.

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The hole where the larger roof tank was.

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Brake shaft and vacuum cylinder brackets being painted.

May 2019

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The first four roof panel edges have been fitted to the South end of the coach.

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The next three sections have been cut away for cantrail repairs. Framework repairs and new galvanised panels are completed from door 4 onwards.

 

 

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The North end framework exposed. The cantrail is rotten and will be replaced but the corner post is sound.

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All the corridor side doors now open but there much still to do to bring them up to standard.

Photos: Robert Massey

April 2019

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Cantrail repairs underway on the riverside of the coach...

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...with the first of the new roof edges fitted.

 

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Dave making adjustments to another seat base.

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The two Brian's at work on internal droplights.

 

March 2019

Work has concentrated on the body framework and panelling as well as the compartment doors and seats.

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View along the corridor side showing we have reached between door 5 and 6.

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Window 6 framework repaired.

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The new battery boxes receiving paint.

 

 

Photos: Mick Haynes




 

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Compartment door now ready for rehanging.

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Another seat base being modified.

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Compartment 8 sliding door.

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Ccompartment panel and internal droplights under repair.

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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