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hearn_p



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:28 pm    Post subject: GWR Breakdown Tool Van 66 Reply with quote

Owned by 813 Fund http://www.gwr813.org/66.htm

Barry Railway Carriage Trust, owners of Barry Coach 163, have a Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/ErlestokeManorFund/BarryRailwayCarriageTrust which has updates on this vehicle.


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The 813 Fund have kindly loaned van 66 to the BRCT for use as our Sales Coach. This provides a significant proportion of the money used to restore 163. In return for its use we are undertaking much of the restoration work for the 813 Fund. The materials are paid for by the 813 Fund and we provide the labour. It was in a very poor state both internally and externally when it arrived at Hampton Loade and had many roof leaks....

[The platform] side has now been restored and the roof has been covered over with plastic until new fan lights are installed....

Work has been progressing with work on the doors and the interior being undertaken. There will be opportunity to see progress during the Festive Season Service and photo's will be provided in due course.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was the platform side that has been restored, but after a September visit to the turntable it's the river side. In any case, the other side is due for restoration in early 2014
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barry Railway Carriage Trust Facebook:


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What a weekend. We have had four volunteers working on van 66 this weekend. The most we have had (apart from gala's and chestnuts) for a couple of years.

The shop stock has been covered over to protect it from dust.

The old electrics have been taken out.

The ceiling has been rubbed down.

The metalwork for painting has been rubbed down.

New conduit has started to be installed.

The first coat of paint has been applied to the ceiling.

Over 24 hours of effort has been put in by Dave, Graham, Marie and Sam. Well done to everybody. It looks so much better already.

Whilst the railway may not be running trains it is certainly not sleeping.

Weather permitting the Hampton Loade refreshment kiosk and station shop will be open on Sundays. So if you are out walking along the Severn Valley and need a break it is a good place to call in to.

If you are interested in purchasing one of the 3 'O' gauge signal boxes on e-bay you have until just after 11pm tonight (Sunday 12th) to bid. Pictures of them are were posted here on 3rd January.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Patrick for beating me to it and sharing this post!

There are also more posts and pictures to view at https://www.facebook.com/BarryRailwayCarriageTrust
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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With 3 of us working on van 66 further progress has been made today.

Have you noticed that taking something out is always easier than putting something in? So it has proved with the new electrics.

This was not helped by the amount of wet paint as the walls and ceiling got their first top coat.

Some of the metalwork on the shelving has now also received red oxide primer.

If you are wondering why there appears to be big holes in the ceiling this is where replacement roof lights will go. This is a job in itself and will be done in due course, but unlikely to be this year.

We have just 3 more weekends before the start of the running season.

If anybody would like to contribute to the cost of our work on van 66 we would be pleased to hear from you. Cheques can be sent to Barry Railway Carriage Trust, 7 Lincoln Fields, Billingsley, WV16 6PB and payable to the Barry Railway Carriage Trust.

We still have to get the matt black paint for the doors and wall panel. There are also some carpet tiles, lights and display cabinets to obtain. We have already purchased some low voltage lights to illuminate inside the shelves.

If you have any spare carpet tiles they might just help us out, but remember we are in Shropshire, England.

Thank you for your support.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BRCT Facebook 18 January
BRCT wrote:
When tool van 66 was originally loaned to the BRCT it wasn't in the best of conditions. We shovelled out several bucketful's of muck. It also leaked like a sieve.

Since then we have sheeted over the roof, as can be seen in the pictures, and one side has been re-planked. During 2014 it is intended to do the other side.

As 66 generally has to be moved from Hampton Loade for the Severn Valley Railway gala's in March and September (to allow 2 coaches and loco to fit into the bay platform), we took the opportunity to get 66 turned. The photo's show 66 at Bewdley and Hampton Loade on its return after the autumn gala. You can see the before and after effect.


BRCT Facebook 26 January
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Despite the weather progress continues with just two more weekends before the railway reopens.

The ceiling has had most of the final paint applied and work has now moved onto the shelves.

There is still a fair amount of debris to be cleaned off the shelves from when the tool van was used for this purpose. The metal work has been prepared and over the weekend both red oxide and dark grey undercoat have been applied.

Work on the electrics has also continued but at a slower rate than anticipated. Some things just take longer than you expect!

The winch has also been painted up to undercoat as well.

There is still plenty to do and not everything will be done by the time we re-open.

Over 24 hours working time has been spent on the van this weekend by just 4 of us.

We are still hopeful that sufficient work will have been undertaken to allow us to re-open on the weekend of 15/16 Feb.

As you see not everything is black and white! (4 photos)








Click here to view the Barry Railway Carriage Trust Facebook page

Can anyone help us get to 100 likes by the end of the month?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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With only 1 more weekend to go before services recommence on the Severn Valley mild panic is starting to set in.

Inside van 66 painting has reached top coat stage on various sections with the ceiling now finished.

The electrics are nearly completed and ready for checking.

The shelving still needs more work doing and as there are various coats of paint this could be the last to be finished.

We have obtained floor tiles and these still have to be fitted.

There is also some touching up of paintwork that will be needed to give it that finished look.

Our thanks to C&W at Kidderminster who kindly provided us with the small amount of matt black paint required for doors. One has been done with the other still to do.

No photo's this week as different coats of white paint really don't look very different.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More Facebook updates

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Work is all but complete inside van 66 with a small amount of painting to take place and a few carpet tiles still to fit around the edge and on the shelves.

Putting the carpet tiles on the shelves covers over the uneven nature of the wood and provides more grip for the items on show.

We have put LED lighting into the shelves. The effect is less blue when you actually see it, but does provide a good light level when combined with the white painted areas.

As you might expect the new carpet shows up the areas already laid, but with the current weather - for how long?

Saturday morning is going to be very busy putting everything in position and clearing up, so please bear with us whilst we do this.

The wiring has been checked so we are nearly ready to go.


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Whilst the work on van 66 may seem a distraction as to our ultimate goal of restoring Barry Railway coach 163, we cannot understate the importance of the van to us.

This is giving us the means to built up our funds and carry out the work on 163.

Unfortunately at this time of year we can do very little on 163, so the work on 66 is a useful way of being productive.

The next job to be undertaken on 66 is the re-planking of the platform side. This will improve the look of the van considerably.



Excellent effort

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Van 66 is due to return to Hampton Loade on Saturday, so is unlikely to be open until Sunday.

It does, however, give the opportunity to photograph van 66 away from its usual location in the formation of a train. It is due to depart after the first train from Kidderminster and arrive at 1150.

We would welcome some photos of it en-route.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hearn_p wrote:
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Barry Railway Carriage Trust

Van 66 is due to return to Hampton Loade on Saturday, so is unlikely to be open until Sunday.

It does, however, give the opportunity to photograph van 66 away from its usual location in the formation of a train. It is due to depart after the first train from Kidderminster and arrive at 1150.

We would welcome some photos of it en-route.


Patrick


If anyone does photograph it, try and catch the good side!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to update, 66 has now returned to Hampton Loade and the BRCT shop is open most Saturdays and Sundays. Please do pay us a visit!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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More painting has also been undertaken ready for the re-planking of 66
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Whilst we are hoping for good weather so that we can carry on with the roof repairs, the first of the planks for re-cladding 66 are nearing completion.

Once done a wet day will be used to renew the first part of the platform side planking.

There is a good chance that by the end of May this will be done.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tool van 66's corner posts don't get replaced when the planking is renewed, so they are starting to be prepared and repaired where necessary.

There is just one more top coat to be applied before the first section can be replaced. Work has also started on the rest of the wood for van 66's platform side and Bridgnorth end.
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There has been a lack of photo's to show you in recent weeks, so time to make up for it.

Here we have our notice board in position together with one of the planks ready for van 66.

It could be some weeks before the re-planking takes place - keep that sun coming!


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