It’s been quite some time but an opportunity has finally arisen to start posting some of the backlog of updates that have accumulated over the last few months. A lot of progress has been made since the last update, with completion now firmly in sight – below is a step-by-step report to date, in roughly chronological order.
Much of the focus since the last update has been on smaller ‘finishing off’ jobs, including making and installing the door fenders seen here. Note the coach bolts that require cutting to length, although this is a relatively ‘small’ job, it took several hours to complete.
A few bolt holes were inaccessible due to the grab-handles that had been added to the frame for the “Octopussy” filming. As they were few in number and solid fixing was provided elsewhere, we cheated and glued short bolts in place for a satisfactory cosmetic appearance.
All the exterior ironmongery was recovered from the old doors, which were too far gone to be of further use and had to be disposed of. The recovered metal parts were then cleaned, primed, and painted in red topcoat ready to be installed back in their rightful place on the van.
The roof hatch is now installed, as are the timber roof ribs, all added for the filming to ‘Foreignise’ these ex-LMS vehicles to portray a circus train in East Germany. During the railway sequence in the film, Roger Moore as James Bond slips out of a gorilla costume and escapes the villain’s henchman through one of these hatches – naturally a chase ensues, although it is never explained how he managed to get out of the ridiculous costume unnoticed…
The hatch and roof ribs have since been painted with grey topcoat although it was unfortunately too dark to get a photo.
This final image from Philip provides a good summary of how the vehicle now looks, although the grab handles and end step seen above have since been added. Compare to how it looked when we started, pictured on the Railway Heritage Register about a year before we began work: http://www.ws.vintagecarriagestrust.org/ws/WagonInfo.asp?Ref=777
This bumper report brings us up to date, with only a few more sessions required to complete the vehicle… hopefully I won’t leave it so long before the next update! However, work on the project is always ongoing even if the website is somewhat quiet!