LMS CCT 37071: Part 2

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After some time away from the railway over the Christmas and New Year period, we got reacquainted with ex-LMS CCT 37071 which continues to undergo stripping as the first stage of its cosmetic restoration.

 

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The remaining lower bodyside planks were removed, enabling access to properly clean and paint the structural steelwork – it is hoped this can be progressed in stages over the coming weeks and months. Note the remains of the end step (between the buffers), added for the “Octopussy” filming – this is to be retained on the vehicle for display.

 

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All the long side panels have now been stripped back to the bare framework, leaving only the doors to be removed.

 

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By early evening the side doors on the south side were also brought down safely.

 

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At close of play the second set of side doors had also been removed, leaving just the end doors to go. Note another filming modification, the horizontal tie-bars between the nearest diagonal stanchion, all of which will be retained on this restoration project.

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