Friday, 17 August 2012


The open week end at Carriage and Wagon saw the department all neat and tidy and open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday.

The following pictures are from John Osborn. Many thanks John.

Part of the painting display highlighting the number of different colours and paints that are used on each carriage .

Visitors had a chance to see first hand the work in progress especially the new wheelchair entrance and vestibule for SO 4790.

Ken with the vacuum and steam pipe display he was also demonstrating the carriage jacks

The door team were showing of the internal workings and structure of the doors

and the technicalities of the locking system.

While John Osborn showed the methods and tools of the metalwork team

Paul Wood was running the sales stall selling railway related items train set items, books, puzzles and much more.

The final item was display of photos collected over the years showing work in progress on the railway. There was also a display of the plans for the new paint shop.

The tidiness may not last very long work on the paint shop is about to start so there will be big muddy holes and more dust to contend with during the building operations. This is of course only possible due to a very generous bequest for development, (so money that can't be used for Chicken Curve and other 'repairs').

so this is a view that will not be around much longer the paint shop will, roughly, cover both the carriage and the cars in the picture. The building will also incorporate new upholstery and wood working facilities. So its not just a paint shop.


Dave Clark said...

It was a very successful and enjoyable weekend, with a large number of visitors on both days. A big Thank You to everyone who helped organise and run everything, and of course to all our visitors, who made it all very worthwhile.

Anonymous said...

I took the opportunity to come and have a guided tour on Sunday and see the various skills on show needed for the restoration of the carriages. Very interesting, thank you to all involved.
Regards, David

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say what a great blog this is, so full of interesting information.

I'm pleased to see a photo of Ken, I worked with him at Broadway and wondered where he had gone. I am pleased he has not left the railway - he's a great bloke.

Keep up your excellent work