LMS CCT 37071: Part 8

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Wagon Group volunteer Philip spent some time cleaning the rust out at the top of the side stanchions where the final boards had been removed a few weeks ago, and applied primer to these areas as well as the drop-down steelwork seen here above the buffer and coupling.

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With a decent day of warm weather, I was then able to apply the ‘Metro Red’ undercoat (more like salmon pink!) to half of the body structural steelwork, starting with the north-east corner…

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…and finishing with the south-western corner. One of the benefits of stripping all the timber is the ease of working and being able to use the floor of the wagon as a convenient working platform, rather than trying to work on ladders and scaffolding which manage to get in the way of what you are trying to work on! It also means we can do a really thorough job of derusting and painting, hopefully reducing the future effect of rust expansion behind the boards which had occurred on this wagon (and has on most of the others too). Anyway, it is good to see the first bit of colour emerge, even if it is only undercoat for now. The new timber is now on order, so it won’t be too much longer before the van starts coming together again, starting with the floor.

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