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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 102 - October 2009
Vintage Carriage and Wagon Report - Chris Northedge
LNWR Full Brake: Bill Simpson is continuing with painting the end panels and has built a rig to suspend them upside down while the paint dries. In this way we can avoid dust settling on the wet surface. There are a lot of panels to do so this is a lengthy job. Next we need to cut new wood floor panels to complete the floor.
LNWR Goods Brake (Diagram 17b): Progress this month has been slow following an accident (at home) but topcoat paint has been received from T R Williamsons. They were good enough to mix this up especially to LNWR dark grey specification.
The photograph of the original wagon below provided by Chris shows what is planned. The end windows (removed by the LMS) will be replaced, a feature unique to the LNWR. The van will be numbered 1914B - this is a fictional number but well above the LNWR number range. Note the LNWR numbered their vans in a separate number range with the suffix "B". The exact date the van was built is unknown but would most likely be around 1921-2 at the LNWR's Earlestown works. Later it was sold to the Navy where it ended up at Gosport dockyard - the effect on the wood on the seaward side can still clearly be seen - then later it was first preserved at Bitton, from where it came to us. Note the unusual coil springs in series with the leaf springs, also the small topside windows.
GNR 459: Built Doncaster 1900. Withdrawn from revenue service 1923 and numbered 900978 and used as a mobile plumbers workshop in York.
Having spent 14 years with a team restoring GNR 6 Wheel Brake Number 1470, Trevor Paice thought that number 459 would look really nice as a matching restored vehicle.
Number 459 has languished forlorn and unloved in the buffer depot for many years. It does need a considerable amount of work to bring it up to the standard of 1470. If we are to try for funding or sponsorship we must have a reasonable idea of costs involved. To this end Trevor has enlisted the help of Chris Andrew. Together they are making the coach in a condition when a detailed survey can be carried out and budget prepared.
The interior was in a terrible state - at sometime there had been a forge or brazier in one corner resulting in masses of ash, soot and coal dust. Much racking has been removed along with many old bird nests! All the additions had been assembled with large nails. The roof lining - made of a sort of compressed fibreboard - had obviously been soaked and set in weird unmoveable shapes. This all had to be prised away from the framing releasing masses of dust - breathing masks essential.
Owing to unforeseen problems, work has slowed somewhat, but will be resumed shortly I hope. Further updates in due course.
Should we be successful in obtaining funding at some time in the future, there will be loads of wood work for you carpenters out there.
GNR 1470: Jobs pending for this are (the biggest one) giving the roof a much needed re-paint and some smaller paint and varnish work - otherwise it has held together very well.
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