In the last week or so, the metalwork on the ‘bad side’ has been cleaned back and primed, before we remove the existing side timbers and replace with new. (All photographs courtesy of Philip Halstead)
The previously prepared ‘good side’, as seen in the last update, was also treated to a coat of primer.
A few days later the BR brown topcoat was applied over the top, completing this side (apart from the lettering). The headstocks and axleboxes, handbrake levers etc. were also treated to a quick coat of underframe black, so it looks presentable for the NVR September gala. We are now more confident about meeting this deadline with this wagon, as it has seen good progress lately and the three timbers for the long side are now on order, hopefully for fitting next week.