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SVR wagons 2017

Discussion in 'Heritage rolling Stock' started by olly5764, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. olly5764

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    Happy new year everybody, here we go again.
    Before I start on the news, I'd like to get a few thank yous in first.
    Firstly I am indebted to Graham for his photographs which have certainly helped enhance these updates, as a picture so often speaks a thousand words.
    I'd also like to thank all our readers, without whom these articles would be rather pointless, last year we reached an incredible 23,400 hits, thank you all for your interest.
    Inside the goods shed, work marches on with 55577. For those who don't know, this vehicle is really Ashford built WD49010 built for military use and never actually an SR or BR wagon, finishing her pre-preservation career at R.N.A.D. Gosport. The real 55577 was a 1930 Lancing built van a similar design (The differences being details such as the thickness of the planking to save material) This wagon has been in and out over the last few years, coming in for a quick repair, before being sent out to work trains on a couple of occasions, however this can only work for so long, and now the wagon has had to come in for a major shopping. Many of the side planks have been replaced, the roof canvas is off, the roof, door frame and corner posts have all received some surgery and the plywood sheet across the end of the veranda have been replaced.
    Meanwhile outside in the yard, as weather permits, work is progressing on GWR conflat 39860. This wagon is waiting on new chain pockets and kerb rails, which will hopefully be followed by a new floor. To the untrained eye, this wagon may seem like a straightforward job, however, there is a lot of work involved in frames, draw gear and brakes.
    If anybody has any questions, feel free to ask them, as I'm sure you won't be the only one who wants to ask the same thing, I'll try to answer them, and if you have any relevant pictures to add to this thread please feel free, it all adds to the fun.
    If any of you want to join our little team, please contact the Volunteer Liaison Office on 01299 401776 or vlo@svrlive.com. You don't need any special skills other than a sense of humor as we can find jobs for just about anyone.
    Hope 2017 is a good one!
    Olly
     
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    Sounds like a good start has been made to 2017 Olly! Good luck with this years projects.

    
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    This is the current situation with 55577.

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    Jobs to do:
    Finish side planks.
    Finish one internal door frame and end planks and fit both internal doors.
    Make one end frame and panel.
    Finish roof planks.
    Fit four veranda doors.
    Make/repair seat boxes under duckets.
    Fit stove.
    Roof canvas.
    Lots of painting and little jobs, and some not so little, like the 21" bolts to hold the brake wheel pedestal down that Olly is making.

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    It has been another productive weekend, 55577 has had some surgery on the corner posts of the van doors, and also on the end of the van, and these particular patches have been fitted, and the lads are now going about the business of hiding the joins. The floor is now pretty well done, with the finishing strips being screwed down in both verandas, while work is marching on with the cleaning and repainting underneath.
    Sunday, an opportunity presented it's self to push 17410's brake gear forward a good step. Her first set of brake gear is now back in position, repaired and primed, and the second lot is in the van ready for us to work on.
    Wish us luck
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    This week has been a week of odds and ends, all of which have are essential to move both projects along.
    In the goods shed, 55577 has had some attention to the roof, with some damage being cut out of the timber, and a new piece grafted in to replace it, involving a good bit of planing and sanding to make it fit in such a way that it won't puncture the canvass when that is fitted. The end of the north end veranda is in the process of having some new uprights made to support the plywood sheeting as the old ones were found to be in poor condition, while some attention has also been given to her brake gear.
    On the other side of the yard, the second piece of 17410's brake gear has been getting some attention, by cleaning the drop links (Sometimes referred to as "Bones" owing to their shape) heating the large ends and hammering out the old bushes. These were not as badly worn as the first set, but they were also not as willing to come out either, much cursing, swearing and a lot of hammering later they were out. The plan with these is to do the bushes at the same time as doing some odd jobs on 55577's brakes in the machine shop, slotting all the odd jobs in in one or maybe two days, and handing over a pile of bits all ready to use in one go.
    If any of you fancy giving us a hand, the only specialist skills required are a sense of humour and an ability to drink tea (Coffee is an acceptable alternative) and of course some safety shoes and suitable clothing, we will happily teach people the rest, contact Barry Moreton at the Volunteer Liaison office on 01299 401776 and tell him you'd like to join the Wagon department at Bewdley (Or for that matter any other department that you fancy) It will certainly be appreciated.
    Many thanks
    Olly
     
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    I did forget to add in both of my last articles, if you have any questions, or anything you wish to add, feel free, I will attempt to answer them, although please bare in mind I'm an engineer not a teacher, so I sometimes do opt for the one word answer if that says all that needs to be said, also if you have any photographs, feel free to put em up, or send them to me and I'll see if I can slot them into the next article, (although of you want to be sure people will see them just post them!)
     
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    Sorry I'm a little late this week, it was a productive weekend in Bewdley.
    55577 has started to change colour, with the ends turning red, while the exposed metal has turned green (Primer not moss) and the green bits have turned grey as this wagon is starting to look a lot more brakevan like. #the holes in the walls have been filled, but we still need to put one veranda end back in, and thoughts soon need to turn to the roof as well, once the canvass goes on, that will be the start of 2 months roofing work.
    The brake gear on 17410 is moving forward, the second set of drop links has been re-bushed, a process aided by the fact that the original bushes were not worn right through unlike the earlier set, meaning all the bushes could be made the same size this time!
    Hopefully, around the end of march, we should see 17410 move out of her current position, which is fairly well hidden out of the way, to a more publicly visible area of the yard, although you'll still have to get on your hands and knees to see my bit of it!
     
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    Despite the cold snowy weather, we are a hardy bunch at Bewdley and the lads of the wagon department have been hard at work. Those of you who think we have a "Nice warm goods shed" to work in should think again, goods sheds are rarely nice and warm and ours is no exception, with the lads joking about going outside into the snow to warm up! However, despite the cold, the boys have continued with their quest to re-paint 55577, battling numb fingers and a crisis caused by lack of milk for the tea at one point too.
    The lads are now in a position to finish off another little job on this particular wagon, as we now have the bolts to fix the handbrake pedestal down. You may recall me talking about these right at the very end of last year, and the next two pictures show one of the later stages in the production of new ones, milling the hexagons on the head end of the bolt. 20170211_121357.jpg 20170211_121405.jpg One or two folks have asked why we chose to make new ones our selves rather than take an easier option, well, to buy, they would have been very expensive as at 21" long, they are well outside of the standard range of sizes, and while no one would actually see if we welded a nut onto a piece of all thread, the threaded part going through the weight box offers an area for water to collect and induce decay, and also, as any machinist will appreciate from the next picture, it's sometimes nice to show off just what difficult jobs you can do.
    To explain to anyone not familiar with machining, to single point tirn anything where the length exceeds 10 times its own diameter, even when it is supported is very difficult, these beasts were 28 times their diameter in length, and the next pic shows the size of it, the bin behind is provided for comparison. 20170211_155638.jpg So while the boys put those to good use next week, hopefully some attention can now go on 17410 again.
    17410 is a fitted toad brake van, or Toad A, which the LNER coach lads are working on, one set of bow girders and drop links has been refurbished and re-hung, and the second set has now been bushed and primed and is waiting to go back on. If any of you don't know what bushing means, hopefully the next pic will help. 20170204_144923.jpg The drop link is the bone shaped piece in my hand while the silver piece sticking up at the end is the bush, this will be pressed into one of the holes by means of our big hand press, in order to bring the hole back down to it's correct size. It is held in place simply by being an interference fit, which means (To the non-engineers here) it's a bit bigger than the hole, 0.004" normally does the job, no glue needed! This is also why we heated them up to get the old bushes out.
    So if there is sufficient muscle power available, these and the bow girders and brake blocks will be going back on next week, and set number three will be coming off for the same treatment.
    Graham and myself spent a few minutes outside looking at the conflat last night, looking at the scars and weld marks on her frame and wondering just exactly what happened to her in her life with the GWR and BR to cause such damage and such odd repairs, we will probably never know, but it's interesting to ponder on why and how these things happened on occasions, hopefully there will be progress on this too as the weather begins to warm up (Hopefully) from the end of the month and into March.
    The railway should be re-opening next weekend, anyone breaking their journey at Bewdley, if you happen to wander down the carpark to the end where the goods shed is, and the large gates happen to be open, (Which I can't guarantee) then feel free to walk down and see what is going on. I must ask however, that if the big central gates are shut (Thats the road vehical gates not the wicket gate at the end) please stay out as there may be Welding (No one wants a dose of Arc eye) Shunting or other hazardous activities going on.
    I look forward to seeing you all in the running season.
    Olly
     
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