October 2010 update
By Hugh McQuade, Chairman
LMS 6 wheeled brake, 2886
After 15 months of work on our major rebuild project, we reached the point when we could put in our claim to M.L.A. for our PRISM grant. In response we have had payment of £9,251, which covers the materials for the rebuilt bodyshell in the first year of the build. Work then turned to rebuilding the current South end gangway tunnel, which by the end of October was ready to receive the bellows that has been held in stock for the last three years. Preparatory work on the ironmongery for the north end has also begun and will continue through November. The roof has been completed up to the penultimate coat of gloss, so that the safety harness arrangement could be taken down on Nov 6th. This will allow work to start on reconstruction of the north tunnel as the reconditioned parts become ready.
Detailed woodwork has been ongoing during the month to provide the large radiused curved pieces that form the eaves. These have taken quite a lot of trial fitting and shaping to ensure a watertight joint. Also the timber retainers for the guards ducket glasses have had to be hand made. On LMS duckets they seem to have been custom-made as a kit, and none of the others on SVR based LMS brakes match each other! All of the glasses are slightly different in each case by small degrees.
Photo shows new volunteer Martin Williams working on the South end of 2286. Photo: Stewart Clark.
Sleeping Car 9084
Our GWR-style Hawksworth sleeping car was utilised at Arley for the duration of the visit by sister vehicle 9085 to the paintshop at Kidderminster. 9085 was treated to finish painting and gutter works, among other finishing off tasks.
RST vehicles in SVR works, 25346.
BR Mk1 corridor second (SK) 25346 has been in the Kidderminster paintshop since October 16th. After ten years in service since its last visit, it is "overdue works" by 4-5 years. Despite this, and owing entirely to the carriage storage shed, its condition is not bad. The paintwork will stand a rub down and top-up rather than having to be stripped bare again. The doors have had a thorough service, including replacements droplight guides, locks, strikeplates and interior waterproofing. The bodyside sliding windows were also showing signs of wear, two pairs were swapped due to eroded frames and all had anti-rattle skates renewed to prevent heavy impacts and further damage. The roof vents all had to be rebedded to cure leaks caused by insufficient preparation at the last refit.
LMS 7511, one year, not out!
Our pride and joy has just completed one year in use on the Bridgnorth-based Venturer dining car service. Apart from a couple of loose lamp-shades it has performed faultlessly and is well regarded by staff and customers alike. It will over-winter at Kidderminster storage shed having done its last ‘turn’ for 2010 on Sunday 31st October. 7511 is being entered for the latest H.R.A. "Coach of the Year" contest. Lets hope the 10 years work by volunteers and over £80,0000 raised and spent by them gets recognised.
7819 Hinton Manor
At MacArthur Glenn shopping centre, formerly Swindon works, it is set to receive its annual seasonal decorations. Whether you think embellishing a steam locomotive with fairy lights and tinsel is in good taste or not, the fact is it will draw attention to our loco. People will then notice our leaflets, and we are also negotiating for a DVD to be played beside the engine. If it raises awareness and increases our ‘take’, then that is worthwhile.
Our asset continues to receive attention from a work experience group. After summer holidays, a fresh group has been clearing bricks, shrubbery and debris from the surrounding area. In conjunction with Mick Osborne and his sleeping car installation the area is improving and will shortly have properly laid out paths. The Trust is going to fund the hire of a mini-digger to enable volunteers to receive formal training, to the betterment of our turntable and the further groundworks around the sleeping cars and holding sidings in due course. This will ‘tick a box’ in our charitable aims to provide training in skills to further railway operation and repair.
Big News coming soon
The Trust and a rolling stock owner are awaiting final approval from the SVR for a transfer of ownership of a number of coaches. A lot of work has gone into this so far, but with nothing to report for some months. We are on the verge of a pronouncement, so watch this space!
Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd
Number One, Comberton Place, Kidderminster, DY10 1QR Registered Charity Number: 1092723