Watercress Line

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Another monthly roundup this time...

At Medstead works on BY S 6563 continue. Ian Johnson is installing the piping for the vac baking system and the steam heating in the guards brake area, and reinstating the guards periscope. Internally and externally the topcoats are going on. The roof end capping is pretty well completed. We have obtained some replica number, which are waiting installation, and other plates have been made by Rob Score.

On "Gunpowder" van W 105761 the internal floor has been derusted and primed; the solebars, axle boxes and wheels have been derusted and painted; and new steel work for the door skins has been obtained.

Down at Alton the through vac piping for LSWR S 57849 has been loosely connected up and put into position, and fortunately it pretty well fitted. All we have to do now is attach it to the under frames of the wagon...

Taking advantage of the good weather we have largely been concentrating on the preparation of the ply sheeting on the 2 Palvans B 782114 and B 776446, and the first one has now got it's "bauxite" topcoat (well actually a mixture of bauxite and black, to give some variation in colours and show general grime!). The second is ready and waiting for topcoat. 

The Mess room roof is now pretty well repaired and prepared, ready for some torch on roofing felt.

Well the weather might be dry, but the heat and humidity is now getting to us, and somewhat restricting how long we can work!  

Last and by no means least, John Dominic has been oiling the freight in Bennetts siding (he says he enjoys it!), in preparation for the freight running this coming weekend 27th and 28th July. So if you want to see 506 hauling it's first freight for some 18 years, you know where to come. Furthermore you can get up close to the noise and action, as there will be brake van rides in the Queen Mary brake van. This should be at the London end of the train - ie uphill from Alresford to Medstead!

Chris Le Corney     

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