Due to other commitments over the last year I have not had enough time to carry on with the wagon blog but hopefully now I can get a few updates in every month
GW toad 17464 is 99% complete, all that is required now is installing the new guard’s seat when it arrives, it’s been out on a few runs and no faults have arisen yet.
The Br STD is continuing at a pace, all the timber is being replaced including the hard wood frames, so far the floor beams, main beams have been completed and fitted. We are currently fitting the upper roof frame at present. All timber work joints are being reproduced as they were on the original van therefore taking sometime. Photos speak lounder than words so here are a few below.
New hand brake nut
17464 Test run
Brake van rides on the volunteers open day
GWR 813 Fund Toads 68784 and 17464 on the volunteers open day brake van rides, 68784 is rather tired now and will be subject to the same restoration that 17464 had in the next few years time
17464 Stored in the sidings
Finished Sign writing
New hardwood frame progressing on the STD
Old frame on the BR brake
New Top beam progressing, joints being cut
68784s damaged door,
Door half apart, due to swelling and damage to the door we are going to need to make a new one, some of the timber has split and is rotten