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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 64 - Winter 1987 / 88
Compartment Affairs - Carriage and Wagon News
Photo: Trevor Page - Trevor Davey and Bill Ryland have been responsible for most of the work on LMS Box Van No. 34676. Here Bill is seen applying primer back in the summer.
With the Gresley BTK being in service most of the season, work has mainly been confined to the external paint work and running maintenance.
In service. The brakes on this coach will require an overhaul before the start of the 1988 season.
The footboards are currently being returned to their original pattern, with one side already completed. All the blackwork on the chassis has been repainted. Internally another door panel has been upholstered.
The Royal Coach has been in use and, as always, is available for hire on those special occasions!
The BS has seen much service, but still needs that repaint - any offers?
Much activity has been centred on the Mk I SK in recent months. Three doors have been replaced, the window surrounds patched, the brake and steam heating systems checked, and the interior cleaned and polished. However, probably the most striking improvement has been the complete repaint into early BR blood and custard livery - a credit to all those members who have helped out on the project. All this work is to enable BRC to operate the coach on the Santa steaming days, as it has corridor connections.
But hang on a minute. The only other coach in the up yard that is serviceable is the BS 43190 and that does not have a corridor, so how will Santa be able to visit the children when the train is on the move? The answer is simple. AFter the end of the season the BS and Gresley BTK, currently in the down yard, will change places, with the help of a low loader. This will also help to enable a greater variety of trains to be run next year.
The BR CK has for many years been marooned on a stub end of track and used as a sleeping car for members staying overnight. There are a few regular guests and this year they decided to externally restore the coach to SR green with appropriate lettering. Many hours have been spent derusting, making good around the windows and repainting. The result is very pleasing and definitely another asset that can be proudly displayed to the public.
The LMS (not MR, as your reporter mistakenly described it last time) box van is making good progress and final painting is underway.
The LSWR milk van has had one buffer replaced, after the original suffered a fatigue fracture on the shank just behind the buffer head.
Roger Wornham's CCT has received a new coat of maroon and lining. It operated in its first passenger train during September.
The Stove van has recently been sold by its owner, Dennis Howells, to QRS and will be used by the engineering departments as a mobile store and workshop.
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