A mid-week update, it happens occasionally and today is a very good reason to have a separate post. Just myself and Nick in attendance and it was all my fault. Last week I had an opportunity that could not be me missed and purchased my largest railwayana item to date. This resulted in an 08:00 departure from Quorn, with a 7 Ton Lorry, North to Barnsley.
Just off the M1 and outside a farm already loaded on to a forklift, 1959 built BD4304B Fiberglass Container. Built by Mickleover Transport in a batch of 6.
All loaded and secured we made the run back to Quorn and having been sat on a farm for many years the container was once again on another forklift.
At this point, we would like to thank our friends at Kenway Construction for the loan of their vehicle, a superb help to our cause.
Now safely on the ground, the Container takes a temporary place in the compound to allow us to restore it in preparation for the arrival of one of the Conflat-As and its eventual home.
I also took the opportunity to take some measurements of the lettering in readiness for making the signwriting templates and to answer my curiosity having seen the very container in Don Rowlands British Railways Wagons book. In his book, there is evidence of branding but the image is too low quality to read. The answer………………
Having exposed the branding it also confirms its livery of BR Crimson with Golden Yellow lettering.
Inside was more evidence of it BR past and its solid condition.
Further opportunity was taken to do a touch of signwriting on the Shocvan and we are so tantalisingly close to the completion of this vehicle, just need to Dot the I’s and Cross the T’s
The eagle-eyed amongst you will also notice that once again I have applied Shock markings and have not been happy with there position. Some extra Bauxite and White paint I am much happier.
That concludes this special Midweek update as always more this weekend.