22/07/18 A new skin(ish)

Another weekend, another update from QWW. This weekend sees us continue work on M730562, which seems to be becoming a bit of a saga!

Following last weeks stripping of side planks, we have taken delivery of the new, replacement side planks from Harlow Brother’s Timber merchants. We took them a sample of an existing board taken from the side of the van, and they have cut the boards to size, machined the edges to have the rebates and bevels, and finally pressure treated the board to tanalise them. The only thing left for us to do was cut them to length and fit them to the van!


Saturday saw all the side planks fitted, and the long bottom hand rail refitted to the East/Dock side of the van.


On Sunday, Nick and I refitted the rest of the handrails to the vehicle, and fitted new capping wood to the ends of the planks, adjacent to each access doorway. We believe the the capping wood isn’t an LMS original, and was added later by BR. We opted to replace it with some hardwood, as these support the vertical hand rails used by the guard to access the vehicle from ground level. Meanwhile, Matt was carrying out shunting demonstrations at Mountsorrel’s running weekend. There he formed a train using the wagons we have based up there, and the Midland Brake.


Thanks for reading!


Author: Ross Loades

Wagon Basher and Systems Engineer in the Rail Industry

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