Sandstone Heritage Trust - Rail News

RN 51 - Brakevan progress

Sunday 1st May saw steady progress on the brakevan front. Marcus Ingram and John Hine were supported by the arrival of three new volunteers, Rupert, Scott and Cassie! Volunteers have now removed all the wooden floor covering the remains of the steel floor in the Guard's compartment.

RN_51_1_cassie The floor will be replaced by new steel sheets. Three volunteers set about removing the remaining panels and doors on one side. John Hine completed the de-scaling on one side of the Port end bogie.

Cassie put her artistic skills to use giving the Caernarfon end bogie its new coat of black and painted the springs yellow as volunteers have done on others in the wagon fleet.

Thanks to Marcus Ingram for then news and Barrie Hughes for permission to use this material from his site.

This view (1/5/05)(Left) shows Cassie painting the brakevan bogies black in the Carriage Shed.
Image courtesy/copyright Marcus Ingram taken on a digital camera. Image post processed using iPhoto Plus4. Image displayed at 96dpi.

This view (1/5/05)(Right) shows Rupert working on the brakevan in the Carriage Shed. Image courtesy/copyright Marcus Ingram taken on a digital camera. Image post processed using iPhoto Plus4. Image displayed at 96dpi.

Next time it is intended to remove the last four panels on the Port end and the high arched piece of steel for replacement. Then volunteers can gas axe most of the floor panels out before cleaning back all the frame to take new steel sheets.
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RN_51_3_both This image (1/5/05)(Left) shows Scott Bradley with his latest recruit Cassie (his girlfriend) with one of No.140's bogies and No.143 in the background. The pair will be back volunteering for the BeerFest! Click on the image to enlarge. Image courtesy/copyright Rob Bradley taken on a Canon Powershot A70 digital camera. Image post processed using iPhoto Plus4. Image displayed at 96dpi.