11/11/2018 – Lest We Forget

A small update this week, due to Great War Great Central Event, and the slow winding up of the Southern Brake van.

The event that we have been building up to for months has now taken place. For the centenary of the Armitice, Jack Shaw has been preparing this event based around the First World War, to commemorate those who lost their lives. For the event, as you’ve read here, our Warflat and Weltrol have been stripped and re-painted into a livery appropriate for the period. Most of this work was done by Matt, with a little bit of help along the way from others. Thank you Matt for all the work you put into these vehicles. They look great, and you should be very proud of your efforts.  Both Matt and I dressed up as WW1 Royal Engineers for the event to staff the footplate  of ‘ROD 1912’ (O4 63601) and talk to people as they come aboard the locomotive.

Nick and Jake have completed a small amount of work this weekend on the Southern Brake (S56010)  Both, armed with a paint brush, put the finishing touches to some of the interior details, which leaves the upholstery to finish and an outer lower step-board to change. Last week I said that the stove would be lit for the first time in the van, but this will now take place next week. We still also have to make a chimney cowl and seal around the chimney to prevent water leaking in.  I have cut out the leatherette for the seats, and this now needs sewing up and stapling to the cushions.

Thanks for reading!