Watercress Line

The long and winding (rail)road

Well here we are again, another month, another blog! The thing about restoration jobs like this is that you just have to keep plugging away. We are continuing work on both the Bulleid coaches and MK1 4910.

On the Bulleid front, a lot of work has continued on the bogies of 4367, as can be seen from the photos. One of these has now been completely stripped down and removed from its wheels. It is now on a rail-mounted trolley so it can still be wheeled around, and has been up close and personal with our team of needle gunners. It has been painted up to black undercoat (by chaps who look suspiciously like the needle gunners…) and is looking very smart now. Once it is back on its wheels, the same can be done to the other bogie, then it’ll be on to the main carriage under frame.

On the MK1 front we are really getting stuck in to the finishing touches in the passenger saloons, and also getting the end vestibules up to scratch. The lights have been tested, which proved our new light diffusers work really nicely (see photo). The seat sides are all being refitted, and beading around interior doorways has been fitted as well. The amount of varnished timber on show is going to look quite something.

I have finally been able to fit the toilet windows in place. This brings to an end a large job I’ve been doing on and off for several months. Having manufactured and fitted brand new window frames for the entire carriage, the two toilet windows at the London end of the carriage were the only two that had not been put in place. It has taken a little while for the special pieces of glass to turn up, but they’re here now and the windows look great. In that end of the carriage, Rob (our apprentice) has been busy putting up the framework to take the ceiling. Obviously as the toilet compartments have been removed this has made the ceiling structure a little different, but it’s been a good job for him, lots of nice half lap joints!

The interior panels are all cut to size for the two vestibule areas, ready to be varnished. Once the backs have been coated then we can fit them in place and varnish the face to seal them. After these are in then the carriage will be well on its way. Before long the painters will begin to throw some of Williamson’s finest around, the word on the street is that the carriage will be repainted into maroon livery, which will look great I’m sure. Time to get 92212 and the “Pines Express” headboard out, methinks…?

Until next time,


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