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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 71 - September 1992

The Underground Railway Rolling Stock Trust - Registered Charity No. 287129 - Brian Ammann

Work on the Underground Cars since last season.

Inside work went on over the winter, to strip out and replace the woodwork surrounding the centre four windows on the back side. Treating all the metal work behind to kill all rust, then renew the wood with White Oak. This job sounding easier than in fact: using as much of the old wood as possible for patterns then finally trimming to fit on site, a job it was hoped to have completed by the start of this season. This has not been possible before all the seats and other odd pieces of trim had to be fitted back or stored, to allow all the displays to be put out again for our visitors to view as they walk through the '0' car.

Outside work includes the repainting of the side and front of the '0' car into Train Red.

A limited amount of holding work has been done on the roof of the Trust's car 54233, work now includes sheeting up this car to allow the "Blast Cleaning" of the roof of this car prior to painting grey so at last the roofs will all be the same colour. Weather permitting, this work should have been completed by the time this article appears in print.

Other work includes trying to keep the area in front and alongside the Underground Cars up to (and at one time in front of) the Flat Brake tidy.

Underground roundels should appear shortly to help give a more Underground type atmosphere.

It would be nice to put up and get working a few colour light signals (subject to Exec. approval), but a few snags have arisen with this idea:

  • Trying to get a power supply to any signal erected.
  • The correct base for a Long Range Colour Light Signal involves digging a hole 2'-9" square and 3' deep then concreting in 4 off 2'-0" x 1" Dia bolts on which to mount the signal base and stem; also required would be foundations for ladders front and back. (A bit more than I feel capable of doing at the moment).

Very little time has been spent on the URRST's other 2 vehicles (FB.578 & F.329) over this period other than limited rust treatment in the van section (Guards compartment) of the Flat Brake.

If someone wishes to take either of these vehicles under their wing to restore, I would be very pleased to hear from them.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1992 and so does not reflect events in the 20+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

The Underground Railway Rolling Stock Trust - Registered Charity No. 287129 - Brian Ammann - Quainton News No. 71 - September 1992

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