Wagon Works: Part 8

Bank Holiday Monday turned out to be a busy day with three wagons again being worked on simultaneously. 1941-built “Esso” tank No.1914 received a quick coat of black topcoat to the top half of the tank end, which had previously been stripped and prepared up to undercoat. This means that the metal is now properly protected from the elements and the wagon can be left until we are ready to undertake further restoration at some point in future.


Attention then turned to ex-LMS ‘Medfit’ M470944, the new, previously prepared end planks being bolted into place on the restored steel stanchions.


Unfortunately the required long side timbers did not arrive in time for the day’s work session – our last before the NVR steam gala of 22nd/23rd September. Therefore we took the decision to paint over the tatty timber on the one remaining unrestored side, so it is presentable enough to run in the demonstration goods train at the gala (minus lettering). The wagon will be brought in again as soon as possible after the gala, to complete the job properly once the new timber has arrived. Here we see the primer hurriedly applied…


…followed by a shoddy topcoat, although it looks acceptable upon cursory inspection…


…don’t look too closely!


The following afternoon Tim and Philip spent some time trimming the fixing bolts and adding the dropside door catches, after their Guard’s turns on the service trains. Photo courtesy of Tim Hobman, in failing evening light.


The big news of the day however was the final completion of 1952-built BR van B759852, with all lettering applied to suit its original 1950’s appearance. Here is a taster, further pictures to follow soon…!


Don’t forget the NVR Autumn Steam Gala, on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September. We are due to host two celebrity ‘8P’ ‘Pacifics’, BR 71000 “Duke of Gloucester” and 60163 “Tornado” – this event is a ‘must visit!’


Along with the two visitors, resident BR ‘5MT’ 73050 and ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST No.22 will be in action, along with popular Fowler ‘4F’ 44422. This will be making one of its last appearances at NVR before departing for the Spa Valley Railway, an extremely popular and reliable engine that will be much missed!


There will also be the opportunity to see behind the scenes for yourself, on the popular shed tours. Our recently completed handiwork can be seen on the move in the demonstration goods train running throughout the day, and in a first for the NVR, public brake van rides will be running. This is something of a trial event, unfortunately with an age restriction (over 16’s only), a supplementary fare, and pre-booking only – the page to do this on the Official NVR website can be found here. Tim’s immaculate brake van rebuild B953944 should be used for these rides, so please consider taking this rare opportunity to see our line from this unusual perspective. At the time of writing Tim is rostered to be Guard on these trips, so he can directly give you the lowdown on the activities of the Wagon Group. We very much hope to see you there!

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