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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90
Shed Noticeboard - Compartment Affairs - Carriage and Wagon News
Work has progressed on 1076 and is now up to undercoat with the first gloss expected to be applied at the end of October, weather permitting this should be completed by Christmas. The 'new' livery of umber (brown) and french grey will be topped off with varnish, gold lining, numbering and lettering on the body sides and yellow lining on the underframe. This is now believed to be the correct livery. The droplights are being stripped and varnished.
Number 9 is to have its last compartment professionally upholstered, probably in November. The finishing touches of luggage racks, with brackets cast from patterns made from original drawings, carpets, and replica oil lamp glasses will complete this 110 year old vehicle's restoration.
Due to continued use in the down yard train formation the final maroon gloss coat lettering, numbers and varnish have not been applied to this useful coach.
LMS type brake van
This is undergoing a general repaint which is due for completion soon.
This has been in regular use, especially during late summer when the King has been steamed as it provides a most beneficial vantage point for mobile photography. but it is due for major floor repairs shortly.
This interesting van is due to remain in the Wembley shed to allow it to be finished externally once the LMS brake has been done.
It has been known for some time that this Victorian vehicle is in need of a repair or two - to put it mildly. For the last few seasons internal bracing has been necessary to stop the lateral body movement when in traffic. Following a request from the Executive a general body inspection with a view to costing restoration is under way. It is becoming obvious that the extent of repairs required are going to set new standards and achievements for the department as it will be a major task. Missing timbers, structural damage and brake rigging overhauls are going to produce a price tag in excess of £4,000. This van, whilst appearing mundane, was built in 1891 at Wolverton and is the sole survivor from a fleet totalling over 500, but more importantly it carries a working vacuum cylinder of, we believe, a now unique design. Instead of being a pivoted cylinder it is instead fixed within the underframe and has a diaphragm, possibly still of leather, the vacuum is held in the lower half and extends down outside the cylinder and around the piston being retained by a concertinered bellows not unlike that found on a motorcycle's forks - only stronger; 2 gas lamps were obtained a few years ago for this van which will make it complete once again. The restoration would make an interesting challenge for an experienced carpenter - any offers?
Additions to stock (wagons)
12 ton box van LDB763570 (ZYV), built Wolverton 1953. QRS owned
21 ton open wagon B312450 (MDV), built Derby 1962, QRS owned
Tube wagon B731708 (ZAV), built Darlington 1954, QRS owned
Pal van (box van designed to take forklift trucks with pallets) DB778992, built Darlington 1955, QRS owned
LMS Queen Mary brake van DM731381, built 1942/3, QRS owned
BR Standard brake van B952510, built Darlington 1954. Privately owned
GWR Bloater A DW150111 built 1919, converted 1956 to Pooley Van and kept at Harwich Parkeston Quay. Privately owned.
LT Open wagon F329, built Gloucester Carriage & Wagon 1935/6. This wagon currently carries a rectangular tank possibly for tunnel re-conditioning - URRST owned
There have been a number of recent changes (wagons):
GWR Milk Tank 2536 built Swindon 1934 has been kindly donated to QRS by 6024 Preservation Society. It had been donated to them by Unigate Dairies
GWR Bogie Bolster - of the 5 on site one has been converted to a well wagon and is currently employed in the Down Yard. At the time of writing it carries the boiler from L99 (GWR7715)
Laporte Coke Hopper - this has been converted to a 7 plank open wagon and renamed 'Ricketts London 12986 Empty to Toton Sidings'. This apparent sacrilege is somewhat lessened when you recall that Laportes had themselves converted it to a hopper from an open wagon, also Ricketts used to operate their fleet on the Brill branch and it was converted for the Brill celebrations a year or two ago. During the conversion it was discovered that the wood was in far worse condition than had been believed. Now it is one of our more colourful wagons and represents the private owner fleet of prewar days.
Additions to stock (coaches)
There has been one addition so far, a Mark I full brake (NOV) S84269 purchased privately. Hopefully, by the time you read this, we shall have a further Mark I in the up yard for use in our Santa Specials for which bookings are increasing at an encouraging rate.
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