Also worthy of note, all the wooden framings which hold the clerestory glass have been fettled and painted white.
In essence, completion of all the underframe equipment is being progressed.
No contact has been made by the Transport Trust – the LNERCA has made an application to be considered for one of the TT’s annual awards towards completing vehicles under restoration. 189 Most visible is the progress relating to fitting the widened teak panels which are being inserted between the windows.
Here, the sanding block is being wielded by Dave Young. 189, two lengths of teak have been inserted as pictured here.
These will support the two partitions which split the saloon area into three sections. It is believed that their non-inclusion previously contributed towards one of the reasons why the roof was sagging when the LNERCA took ownership of this carriage. With the installation of the clerestory lights (glass) and the fitting of the beading, sealant is applied to ensure no water can enter. The beading itself is to be treated with a modern water-repellent coating before being painted.
8 x M20 bolts are being ordered which will allow a start to be made on fitting the droppers (which hold the brake blocks in situ).
New pipe, which will form the through vacuum pipe, is also to be ordered.
One item on which the owner is rightly insisting relates to the repair and overhaul of the Stills boiler. Fish Van E75169 The brake cylinder has now been dismantled and new parts are being ordered in the next few days.
This will allow, once again, hot drinks, including real coffee, to be served – not in plastic cups but proper crockery. DC Engineering, Shildon, is to return to Pickering in the near future to attend to some welding jobs which were left uncompleted when the chassis was at Shildon.
These have all had an extra piece of teak expertly glued onto the original, the object of which was to make them wide enough to be covered at the edges by the beading.