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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Some of the work on van 66 can only be done in dry weather. Preparing and painting the corner posts is one of those jobs.

The planks adjacent to the corner posts have to be removed together with all the debris that has collected behind.

The posts are not in too bad condition and have been filled where necessary and them sanded. They are then given a coat of primer, 2 of undercoat and at least 2 top coats.

Work continues on the roof of 163 as well
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It really won't be long now before the transformation is complete and the platform side looks as good as the other side.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A loose panel above the door on 66 was fixed yesterday and some prep work for the next bit of roof repairs on 163 was done.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On Sunday the weather was not good for outside work until later in the afternoon. Some progress was made with the preparations for the replanking of 66 with undercoat being applied to 3 of the 4 corner posts that need attention.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sunday threatened more rain but it didn't appear so some more work was done on the corner posts of van 66 to prepare it for the re-planking which will hopefully happen in July.

The wood is all prepared and painted ready for this to happen.

Little work is likely to occur next weekend due to holidays. Couldn't have planned being away at the same time any better!!!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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All the corner posts of tool van 66 have now been painted up to top coat ready for re-planking and all the planks are ready. The end of the sliding door requires another application of topcoat which will also be applied very soon.

The major task of actually doing the re-planking will take place very soon, maybe even this weekend, weather permitting.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spotted on Facebook are images of replanking last Saturday

https://www.facebook.com/BarryRailwayCarriageTrust/photos/pcb.557005217760928/557005061094277/?type=1&theater

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Barry Railway Carriage Trust Facebook, which has 11 supporting images, comes the below. This will no doubt follow onto the BRCT website

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The weather played a major part. On Saturday (July 19th) it was the intention to re-plank the side of Tool Van 66. This was a little ambitious and our drill wasn't the only thing to stop that happening.

The aim was to start at 10am, however this was after the second of two consecutive nights of thunderstorms. The morning was wet - very wet. The rain kept pouring without let up.

Eventually just before 12 it eased off so off to work we went.

Within about 30 minutes all the old planking from one half of the side had gone. We then set about removing the old screws from, what is still, good condition oak framing.

It was then brushed and vacuumed to get rid of all the debris that had collected. The worst location was at the rear of the sliding door with a good couple of inches of gunk packed tightly.

The process was halted part way through by another heavy downpour. A good time for lunch and a cuppa.

After lunch and the rain had stopped we continued with the task of re-planking Tool Van 66.

Each plank has to have the top cut at the correct angle to fit into place. Our Chairman - Dave, proved to be most proficient at this and so got the job. The first few he did in front of the van but the continued light rain made this almost impossible, causing the saw to clog.

A section of wood was temporarily fitted along the bottom of the van and securely fixed to give a straight line for the bottom of the planks. This worked a treat and we soon found out that the screws were single use only! Does anybody make decent screws anymore?

The planks fitted easily together (unlike the other side) so progress was quite rapid until a thunderstorm passed overhead. Time for another cuppa.

By the time the storm had passed it was getting quite late in the afternoon and the drill was starting to complain. We had to wait a while whilst the battery charged (we had used this one earlier on in the day).

Eventually one last plank had to be customised to fit the remaining gap and have the correct profile applied. Having originally only fixed each plank with 2 screws - in case of having to redo any part of it (we did!) the rest of the screws were then added.

The difference this has made to the look of Tool Van 66 is considerable.

There are plenty of finishing off jobs still to do. The holes have to be filled, rubbed down and painted. The sawn areas have to be painted and a final topcoat still needs to be applied. It is possible to tell that it took over a tin of paint as there are variations in the colour of some of the planks.

We don't yet know when the other half will be done, but all the wood is prepared.

It has been rewarding work, especially as the contrast is so great.

Why not join us and get the satisfaction of being able to say 'I did that'?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Work on van 66 now takes a back seat whilst we continue with as much work as possible on the coach for the remainder of the summer.

This doesn't mean that nothing happens. All of the screw holes, knot holes and other holes have been filled and, where a second application of filler is not required, aluminium wood primer applied.

In time this means that the final finish will appear. The whole side will be given another coat of top coat before the numbering is reapplied.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Van 66 filling and painting where the screws were used is progressing with the top half ready for top coat and the bottom half ready for undercoat.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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With Dewi visiting at the weekend we decided to re-plank the remaining platform side section of van 66.

The framework is in superb condition considering the van's age. The corner brackets were in particularly good condition.

Helped along by good weather and an electric drill (lesson learnt from the previous section) the work was nearly finished by mid afternoon. Getting the last plank in proved to be a little awkward and a chance to brush up on our skills.

The whole side looks more even now even though there is the tidying up work to do.

The next stage will be to start work on the door and ends.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Fine weather has enabled van 66 to have the first top coat applied to the latest area to be re-planked. It is now starting to look very smart.....when viewed straight on!
One more coat of top coat still to be applied then it will just need lettering out.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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With the footboards removed from the river side of Tool Van 66 it became apparent that some painting was required first.

Saturday and Sunday were spent removing rust and old paint before applying red oxide primer. As can be seen the condition of the underframe and supports is still pretty good.

Only the area which will be difficult to access once the new footboards are in place is being treated.


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At this time of year any bit of better weather has to be taken advantage of. Today was sunny part of the time and dry.

The handrails on the pla
tform side of Tool Van 66 benefitted by having undercoat applied.
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Great Western Railway Tool Van 66 - has now regained it's number and GW on the platform side.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The gangway off GWR Tool Van 66 has been on its travels this weekend.
Having set off from Hampton Loade it travelled to Bewdley where it was met before travelling onto the Carriage & Wagon department for restoration.
Although there is a door on each end of the Tool Van only one end has a corridor connection.

The lettering on Tool Van 66 is more susceptible to weathering than the brown.
In order to protect it a coat of varnish is being applied to prolong the paints life.

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