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60456045 Collett corridor composite - Restoration

In December 2014 Collett corridor composite 6045 moved to Bewdley so we could make a start to restore it to its former glory - we have our work cut out!

How you can help - 6045 appeal.

 

September 2017

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The corridor ceiling are being made, fitted and painted - but not yet screwed into place.

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The first class vestibule ceiling reinstated.

 


 




 

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The gutter plates have been attached and shell roof ventilators reinstated.

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All but one of the compartment doors are complete. The third of the first class sliding doors is now fully repaired and varnished.

Photos: Mick Haynes.

August 2017

With 6045 in Bewdley paintshop progress continues with roof with wooden gutters being attached, new water tanks being prepared to be installed, bolts for the “G” handles being carefully installed, more varnishing and scumblng. We are now working on corridor ceilings.

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Wooden gutters attached.

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G handle bolts now in place.

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Kerbs being set up for the new water tanks.

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Third class compartment doors varnished.

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And the First class compartment doors being varnished.

 

 

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Third class corridor now scumbled.

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New flaps for the step boards. These fit over the axleboxes.

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P1070867 Pattress for corridor ceiling lights.

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Machined first class corridor handrail brackets.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes.

 

July 2016

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Door repairs continuing. Photo: Colin Jenkins

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A busy workshop with Robin coating new tread-plates. Photo: Colin Jenkins

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Progress with the roof edges. Photo: Colin Jenkins

 

 

 

 

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Light fittings for compartments. Photo: Mick Haynes

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Light pattresses with bulb holders. Photo: Mick Haynes

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Corridor side roof edge renewed. Photo: Mick Haynes

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The supports for corridor cornices are now in place. Photo: Mick Haynes

June 2017 - 2

6045 is now in the paint shop for the roof repairs.

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The new roof edges beginning to be attached.

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One of the compartment doors after attention from Colin Jenkins. He is using his skills to make sure they are fit well and match the profile.

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Regulator door now with the spare fuses notice in place and varnished.

 

 

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The walnut vestibule door has been repaired and completed ready for installation.

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The ceiling ash trays under the ventilators have been reinstated.

Also the ceiling light reflectors are being painted and the stepboards have been painted and just await the flaps.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

 

 

June 2017

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The carriage is in the workshop now with the rotten roof edge cut out ready to be replaced.

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The scumbling of the regulator cupboard and compartment exterior wall in the third class end.

Photos: Mick Haynes

 

May 2017 - 2

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6045 inside the paint shop at Bewdley.

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The two roof tanks - note the dual purpose version.

 

 

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Third class corridor wall being prepared for graining.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

May 2017 - 1

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6045 trial fitting the new stepboards, now outside the paintshop.

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Fitting of pelmets over the third class toilet door.

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Third class backs and bases are now upholstered.

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New birch ply panelling almost complete in corridor.

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The re-wiring in first class compartments continues.

 

 

 

 

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Repairs to first class toilet floors.

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Progress with the corridor door between the third and first class.

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Picture frames views from Gloucester...

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...Cheltenham...

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...and Goring.

Photos: Mick Haynes

 

April 2017

We're all set for the Open House Weekend - do call by!

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March 2017

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Repairs to the cantrail before it enters the paint shop for gutter repairs.

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The first class ceiling panels progressing...

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...and and third class.

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A view of the third class toilet window.

 

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The finished first class toilet door in walnut.

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The new first class seat bases have been delivered.

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One of the first class seat with its base propped up.

Photos: Mick Haynes

 

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The completed toilet door for the third class varnished and with its 'LAVATORY' transfer.

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The new third class picture frames as varnished.

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One of the 7 ceiling panels now screwed into its final position.

 

 

 

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The internal window mouldings in new walnut. 3 frames were missing in the first class but we have all the ones we need for the third class.

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A selection of photographs to go into the picture frames for the first and third classes. These will be scanned, printed oversize and then trimmed to fit the frame and have captions added.

Photos: Mick Haynes

February 2017

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The walnut compartment door now varnished...

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...the same door viewed from inside the compartment.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

 

 

 



 

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Some of the new corridor ceiling hoops.

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First of the new corridor ceiling hoops in place.

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The first third class ceiling panel offered up.

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Further of the new ceiling hoops now fixed in place.

 

January 2017

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We have commenced cleaning down and varnishing the corridor sliding doors. Above is the second of the four first class doors cleaned down.

 

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We have also begun making new ceiling panels, here's one of the new panels which go above the picture frames...

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...and one of the first class panels. The “hole” is where the ventilator will go.

Photos: Mick Haynes

December - 2

A very Happy Christmas and New Year to all our readers and supporters!

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Seat back E (in compartment 3) has just been upholstered and returned along with a sample pull-up strap.

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Ceiling framework repairs and renewals in compartments 4, 5 and 6.

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Steps and gangway suspension brackets added to south end.

 

 

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A new direction board pointing the way to 1145 sign-written by Bob Timmins.

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Picture frame panel with the heating control fitted.

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The new walnut and birch ply panels trial fitted onto rebuilt section of corridor screen.

Photos: Rob Massey

December 2016 - 1

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First class back G is nearing completion.

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The first class panels on the exterior wall are being gilded.

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Third class vestibule door looking good.

 

 

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Work has begun on more third class picture frames.

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A few original corridor ceiling frames are being steam bent to regain their shape.

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Third class toilet door has been hung.

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End panels now being bedded and screwed and the exterior of the vestibule door.

Photos: Mick Haynes

November 2016


Externally, the fitting of the new panelling along the corridor side has progressed to the final panel at the north end.

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Work is progressing on the third class 'sausages' that go behind the luggage racks to prevent damage from luggage to the birch ply panel.

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The new toilet door to the first class toilet in walnut fits well.

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More first class compartment panelling on the non-corridor side has been completed.

 

 

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The first class picture frames need careful fitting against the heater controls.

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With the first class seats two are now completed with new upholstery and the second original back is now being repaired ready for upholstery.

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Two are already at the upholsters nearly ready.
Now all the third class backs and bases have been modified new side panels have been made and they will now be fitted along with the arm rests.

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The third class door in utile is ready for fitting.

Photos: Mick Haynes

October 2016

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A third class base fitted, but it's yet to be re-upholstery.

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The last of the walnut picture frames being fitted.

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First class seat base with trial cushions and another base resting on top.

 

 

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The first class panelling for the outside wall.

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Some panels need flattening out.

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The new first class toilet door in walnut.

Photos: Mick Haynes

September 2016

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The structural repairs to the north end framework are complete and the panels fitted.

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The third class vestibule door vestibule door re-panelled, repaired and varnished.

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The first class back now re-worked.

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One of First class seat bases under construction.

Photos: Mick Haynes

 

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Elsewhere; the repainting of GWR 813 has been a GWSVRA job over the last couple of weeks and here is the almost finished result. It will return to Bridgnorth for signwriting and varnishing. Photos: Bob Massey.

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2426 Churchward Toplight Full Third was released from duties at Hampton Loade on 15th September and is seen here at Kidderminster shortly after arrival. Photo: Bob Massey.

 

August 2016

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Third class view frames with sample pictures in place.

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First class picture frames looking better.

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First class back being trial fitted- the piping will be replaced.

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Toilet window frames in position.

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New dynamo retaining spring delivered and installed.

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South end vestibule door re-panelled and repaired.

 

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Third class corridor wall grained.

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Through control box scumbled and all complete.

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New end panels primed ready to go on.

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Repair to the north end frame to take the lower rubbing plate.

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The lamp holders for the first of the compartments.

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Meanwhile 6562 is fresh out of Bewdley paint shop (though still waiting interior graining) in preparation for this year's Special Train 'Collett to Bridgnorth' running on Saturday 22nd October 2016

Photos: Mick Haynes

July 2016

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The compartment side top panelling now being fitted.

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Third class toilet tiling now complete.

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A look along the corridor of 6045.

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Newly installed third class corridor herringbone T&G.

 

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Newly installed third class picture frames.

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New first class seat back and more framing in place in the first class.

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First class toilet ready for tiling.

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Lighting switch on final panel sycamore graining.

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Wiring now nice and tidy.

Photos: Mick Haynes

June 2016

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The final framework is now repaired on the south end corridor corner post.

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The first class toilet repair is progressing well with a trial fitting of the first class washbasin.

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Plumbing has begun in the third class toilet.

 

 

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The seat base supports in the first class are being installed and the timber for the seat bases is on order.

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The dynamo support bracket are complete. We are waiting for new retaining springs.

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Additional copies of the luncheon basket adverts have been printed.

Also, the north end gangway is now in black.

Photos: Mick Haynes

May 2016

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The compartment sliding door locks have been repaired and polished.

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The first class toilet exterior now ready to receive its T&G.

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The new structural framework is receiving danish oil and primer for longevity.

 

 

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The tiling of the Third Class toilet is progressing well.

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The corridor side framing is nearing completion.

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Here's the third first class seat back ready for upholstery.

Photos: Mick Haynes

April 2016 -2

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The first class framework repairs along the corridor side are almost complete.

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Trial fitting of the third class wash basin.

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The overhauled regulator in place.

 

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The first class door R1 being fitted.

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Original tiles in the first class toilet being cleaned off.

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New dynamo brackets being made.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

April 2016

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Compartment 2 with restored panelling.

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Another view of compartment 2.

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The first class tongue and groove panelling being installed.

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The first four external panels in place on compartment side.

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A new footboard brackets being installed.

 

 

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The third class toilet exterior wall ready for tiling.

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The third class walls also having tongue and groove reinstated.

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The through control and main light switch wired in.

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Two windows complete along the corridor side framework.

Photos: Mick Haynes

March 2016

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The first class panels are being fitted...

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A third class door with lock fitted and newly made window frames.

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Dave busy stripping a corridor pelmet.

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The third class toilet walls prepared and ready for tiling.

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The frame repairs along the corridor side are progressing.

 

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...with gilding around the panels

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Some of the new first class seat base supports.

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The vacuum pipe has been removed ready for cleaning and preparation for painting.

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A sample for the Third Class upholstery.

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The running board supports will be repaired next.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

February 2016

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The final section of framing completes the compartment side.

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The first varnished mahogany in the third class.

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The compartment wall is receiving the wood panels for the arm rests and seat supports.

 

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The corridor side frame work removed in preparation for rebuilding.

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Door R4 in first class is now fitted.

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These round objects are the start of the patressses for the compartment lights.

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Sample of original seat upholstery for the Upholsterer to copy.

Photos: Mick Haynes

January 2016 - 2

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The exterior framework is nearly complete along the compartment side.

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1st class door, this one is from our stores.

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1st class door, this one an original 6045 survivor.

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3rd class door, this one is also from our stores.

 

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A view along the corridor with all doors now hung.

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One of the refurbished corridor door suspension rails.

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Sycamore (birch ply) panels added to the 1st class vestibule.

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Fitting out the electrical regulator cupboard with the first components added.

Photos: Rob Massey

 

January 2016

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The new first class back now with springs fitted.

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Michael fixing the back for the third class arm rests.

 

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The vestibule end in first class - lovely walnut.

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Through control cupboard made and fixed ready for wiring.

Photos: Mick Haynes

December 2015

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The new regulator cupboard is now fixed in place.

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R6 doorlock now set up.

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Another 1st class seat back now waiting its new springs.

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The new framework in the first class compartment R2.

 

 

 

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The First class corridor end walnut panelling has cleaned up well.

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Another shot of the first class end waiting new sycamore panels.

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We are preparing to make some additional transfers including the 1st and 3rd door transfers. Thanks to Didcot GWS for the loan of originals.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

November 2015 - 2

Progress is good along the compartment side with all the third class and two first class compartment’s framework made. The first class corridor wall is being cleaned down and has its first varnish.

Brian and Paul have also successfully rehung the first of the doors.

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First class framework progressing.

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New knee irons and stainless bolts.

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Door R4 rehung in the new frame.

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The last of the exterior door repaired.

 

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The Didcot team have generously built the new electrical cupboard as they could copy one from their own bow ender.

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The first class corridor wall cleaned and the walnut varnished.

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Another view along the corridor.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

November 2015

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The new seat back in position in first class compartment no 3, also showing rebuilt corridor screen. Photo: Rob Massey

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A before shot of framing between third class compartments 5 and 6. Photo: Rob Massey

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Another view of the condition framework and bottom rail before repair. Photo: Paul Dorney

 

 

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The rebuilt framing between third class compartments 5 and 6. Photo: Rob Massey

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Looking along all four rebuilt sections of third class framing. Photo: Rob Massey

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The four rebuilt sections of third class framing - the working conditions not the best at this time of year! Photo: Rob Massey

 

October 2015

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New framework in the south end toilet.

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Compartment R7 with the framework repaired.

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Compartment R6 with window bottom framing away for copying.

 

 

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One of the First Class seat frames nearing completion.

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Door top rails about to be fitted.

 

 

photos: Mick Haynes

September 2015-2

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Dave and Rob measuring up for corridor walnut paneling.

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The toilet framework is almost complete.

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The south end sliding door framework remade.


 

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Dave cleaning off toilet fittings.

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Dave measuring twice before cutting once on the new seat backs.

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Robin’s newly painted ceiling vents and drip trays.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

September 2015

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Brian and Dave working on replacing the missing corridor wall.

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The corridor south-end ceiling frame now in place.

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The south end toilet ceiling also replaced.

 

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The first of new framework in place.

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The railway side panels removed for framework repair with Michael Bradley helping.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

 

 

 

 

August 2015

Now the floors are complete, attention is being given to replacing the missing corridor wall and the south end toilet frame.

Many of the original or replacement parts have been identified and offered up.

Meanwhile more of the rail side doors are being re-hung and the fittings being cleaned up and fitted. New door styles are required and Brian has made box jigs which will help for future door repairs.

Door 6 needed a new lock style and door 5 has needed new lock and hinge styles. Most of the metal parts have been cleaned down and we will now move onto cleaning the mahogany and walnut parts.

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Door R6 with new lock style and now rehung.

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The first class door fittings now restored in walnut.

 

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The south end corridor ceiling frame being prepared.

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The south end toilet framework being re-instated.

 

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

July 2015 - 2

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The new floor in the end vestibule.

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The first class seat and seat-back in position.

 

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The new corridor floor installed.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

July 2015 - 1

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The final door on the town side has be repaired and re-hung.

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A sample of a door receiver and jam and window frames have been removed for replicating.

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A closer view of the removed door jam.

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All the first class flooring has now been installed.

 

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An example of how the first class internal frames will look like with guilding.

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A repaired door for the railway side ready to be re-hung.

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One of 6045's distinctive walnut first class door panels.

Photos: Mick Haynes

June 2015

We are presently working on 6045 to finish the painting of the underframe and the gusset plate repairs so that the floor can go down.

All seven doors on the town side are now repaired and we are starting on the railway-side doors although they looking a big job.

The battery boxes should be installed shortly and the main frame repairs will begin this month.

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6045 door T6 going back together.

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6045 first door on the railway-side, a few repairs needed here.

 

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6045 first class steam heat racks going in.

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The underframe being painted and gusset plates repaired - note steam heat pipe work and control linkage.

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The buffer springs and drawbar also painted.

Photos: Mick Haynes

May 2015

Presently we are working on the new first class armrests, removing the west side panels to expose the frame for repairs and finishing off the rebuilt doors with inner and outer skins

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An original first class armrest which we are replicating...

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...the new first class armrests being prepared.

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6045 west side panels being removed which were later temporarily reattached.

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The bottom stringer will need facing the the door jam on the left will be replaced.

 

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Door paneling repaired and reinstated.

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Repaired door no. 5 with new skin.

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A few of the door jams are in good condition. These will be used as patterns to make the new ones.

Photos: Mick Haynes

April 2015

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6045 in the cattle dock at Bewdley with five external doors overhauled and rehung.

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The first class toilet floor exposed for repairs.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

 

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Underfame cleaned and painted ready for the compartment floor to go back in.

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The corridor floor removed to expose the underframe for repair.

 

March 2015

We are making good progress with the doors, floor, underfame and first class seat backs

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One of the original seat backs under refurbishment inside our workshop, full brake No 98.

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A kit of newly manufactured first class back parts copied from the surviving original.

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A view of the painted underframe. The vacuum cylinder is being moved back to its original position.

 

 

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The brake shaft has been repositioned to align with the Vacuum cylinder.

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A new floor has been laid in two of the compartments.

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Dave and Rob re-hanging the 4th door to be repaired.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

January 2015

6045 has dried out very well and we are progressing the compartment floors and the first class doors as well as new seat frames.

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A third class compartment floor removed for repair and painting of the underframe.

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The exposed underframe receiving paint.

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The surviving first class seat base has been cleaned up to form a sample to copy others from.

 

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One of the first class doors stripped for repair.

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The first set of battery box brackets.

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Meanwhile 1257 has been repainted and is now being prepared for a new floor.

 

Photos: Mick Haynes

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Between changing the tarpaulins here's 6045 without its cover.

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On 6045's arrival at Bewdley we gathered the working party, from the left we have: Chris Haynes, Barney Martin, Bob Massey, Mick Haynes, Robin Organ, Dave Massey, Dave Orchard, Brian Lowe, Michael Bradley and Paul Dorney.

Work has concentrated on drying the coach out and the new tarpaulins have done the job. We have catalogued and labelled all the items in the coach and now moved them to storage in Bewdley.

The kit of parts is quite comprehensive but it will all need cleaning, repairing and painting over the next few years.

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Work has begun on removing the floor composite and we will expose the underframe and paint it as well as repairing the gusset plates.

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The knee irons are looking a bit worn so they will need repairing.

 

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The third class compartments had two heaters and one of the originals is still there.

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The first class doors have a distinctive mahogany panel and we have all but one available.

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The first class toilet compartment has many of its distinctive features still there but painted over.

Work will now proceed on the floors and rehanging the doors that had ‘become detached’.

Photos: Mick Haynes

December 2014

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6045 arrives at Bewdley. The first jobs are in preparation to dismantling; labeling the coach parts and to remove the old corrugated sheets and compound to expose the wood frame ready to repair the gusset plates. Also we will start cleaning down underframe.

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One of the first class compartments.

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A first class sliding compartment door.

 

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View along the corridor.

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A first class exterior door.

Photos: Mick Haynes

     
     
 
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