I do apologies for the lack of updates over the last few months, it’s very hard finding time.
After a long while the door on toad 68784 has been made, its currently being painted and fitted in time for the gala.
The BR brake vans main hardwood timber frame is progressing well, a lot of the cut outs for the T&G planking are being machined at the moment and chamfers put along the edges, Unfortunately it’s the case of to get to part A you have to take BCDE apart. A very temporary shelter has also been erected over the van to try and keep the timber dry the best we can.
The brake rigging on the Bath end has been overhauled and painted, Keith and Dave have re bushed one of the hangers and fitted greasing points to all of them now. All has been painted and reassembled on the Bath end. Two of the axle boxes have had new liners welded in, we are just waiting for the W irons to have new liners welded then the wheel sets can go back under.
All of the string hangers hare having a bit of TLC, some are bent, all need to have the wastage welded up and thread recut.
We are getting to the point we need to spend some more serious money to finish off the Brake van, it’s owned by the trust and as you can imagine funding is tight. The next stage is to get the van watertight this involves buying all the exterior T&G planking as well as the roof planking, after that we need to canvas the roof. The trust has applied for a grant via Aviva online voting process for charity’s, basically the more votes we get the higher chance we have to winning the 5K we are bidding for (this would fund the whole project). It would be greatly appreciated if you could spread the word and vote for us, it’s free and all you have to do it register the link is
AVR Wagon Group