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March 2010 update

Apologies for the delay in News items for February. Firstly owing to the winter weather there was a lessening of activity on “outdoor” projects, secondly personal circumstances have made life a little fraught for a week or two.
However, during February we managed to send work parties to Didcot Railway Centre to resume demolition of 1940-built LMSR 6-wheeled brake body №. 33002. The SVR(H) and the “RST” have both shared useful spares and the costs of transport to get them. Our hosts at Didcot were left with one pile of firewood and one pile of scrap metal to dispose of, while we have employed up to 17 man-days over four Saturdays to break up the body for them. Useful parts that will be utilised on our 6-wheeler №.2886 include roof joint capping strips and eaves covers, plus three door locks, plus several body-side fittings such as door-stops and handrails.

Kidderminster Turntable

At Kidderminster Yard, the project to improve the turntable was held up by snow and frozen ground during December and January. In February spoil clearance resumed, and our first 10 tonne load of spoil was completed thanks to Mick Osborne arranging a little help with the coaling digger. A new work experience group in March continued with barrows and spades to move spoil from behind the brick hut, and we hope the combined spoil-pile to be used for training purposes to enable 5-6 volunteers to be trained professionally in the use of a variety of mechanical diggers. Some of the spoil may end up as ballast for the extended back siding now under construction for sleeping cars. Watch that space.

2886

2886At Bridgnorth work on 2886 our 1932 6-wheeled brake has reached an important stage, with the first side completely panelled up, all screws tightened, doors re-hung albeit temporarily to get them out of the way, and the roof and gutter on the current East side now complete. The roof on 2886 features 6 steel panels in a variety of widths, none of which are commercially available these days. Presumably the LMS rolled their own. We have decided to do the roof in two halves to enable one side at a time to be rebuilt, and this has helped with obtaining steel sheet of peculiar but not as enormous proportions.

2886The repaired gutter was refitted on March 13th, leaving only two weekends for priming and undercoating before we ask for 2886 to be sent to Kidderminster Turntable for turning so that we can safely work on the other side. Our contractor has already begun to order and pre-cut the framework timbers and our Sunday gang have begun to strip out the lighter timbers that will otherwise be in his way.

2886

At Bridgnorth work on 2886 our 1932 6-wheeled brake has reached an important stage, with the first side completely panelled up, all screws tightened, doors re-hung albeit temporarily to get them out of the way, and the roof and gutter on the current East side now complete. The roof on 2886 features 6 steel panels in a variety of widths, none of which are commercially available these days. Presumably the LMS rolled their own. We have decided to do the roof in two halves to enable one side at a time to be rebuilt, and this has helped with obtaining steel sheet of peculiar but not as enormous proportions.

The repaired gutter was refitted on March 13th, leaving only two weekends for priming and undercoating before we ask for 2886 to be sent to Kidderminster Turntable for turning so that we can safely work on the other side. Our contractor has already begun to order and pre-cut the framework timbers and our Sunday gang have begun to strip out the lighter timbers that will otherwise be in his way.

7819

7819 activist Kevin Cronin has had meetings with John Robinson regarding ordering tyres for our Manor-class locomotive. John is in contact with the South Devon Railway who act as both importers and fitters of tyres to steam locos. Subject to final dimension checks we are told the order is very close to being placed, at which point the Trust will have to part with some of its savings.

9084

The Trusts GW-style sleeping car №. 9084 is ready to go to Hampton Loade to take up duty as the station accommodation and visitor attraction, just awaiting a date in a traffic notice.

9220

The Trusts BR Standard Brake Second Open №. 9220 saw service in the Santa trains after a long overdue overhaul, and is now once again resident at Bewdley. Some completion tasks are being seen to before it resumes its career on the Driver Experience trains. Colin Astbury is hoping to re-instate a guards periscope which most BR standard brakes had from new, but were gradually removed everywhere except the Southern Region. This original feature would enhance our example, and allow Guards to observe the action without getting a face full of soot.

7511

Watch out for our beautifully restored LMS 1934 Open First №. 7511. It will be running in the Severn Valley Venturer service throughout March, April, May and probably June, while other Dining cars receive repaints at Kidderminster. Even a small amount of sunlight is enough to light up the 800 feet of gold leaf on the sides of this stunning vehicle, so watch out for it on Sundays this Spring and early Summer.

The Trust has been approached by several SVR-based rolling stock groups during the winter seeking to place their vehicles into the care of the Trust. As discussions are ongoing it is too early to give any details, but as events unfold we will bring you up to date in these bulletins.

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