With the corridor side now under restoration, a method was required to keep that side of the coach dry during the wet Winter and Spring seasons.
We fashioned a canopy out of scrap metal and wood found around the railway and clamped it in place to divert the rain neatly behind us when working and keeping the coach dry.
Now the canopy was in place, the needle gunning of the coach could continue in all weathers which allowed us to finish quite fast.
The speed of completion was also down to the addition help of a new working member who started in March.
After the needle gunning was complete, the corridor side was wire wheeled down, coated in rust treatment and finally Green primer.
The odd section has since been painted in blue undercoat.
The steelwork on the corridor side is fortunately in good condition, except around the window recesses and the last 50mm on the side plating.
This last 50mm has now been cut away and the metal left exposed by this has been rust treated and painted ready for the new strip to be welded in place.
The level of rust underneath the removed 50mm plate.
Some of the plate before being cut off. Because it had broken away from the side of the coach, extensive rust was forming underneath.
The new plate, ready be screwed onto the side of 3916.
Two new volunteers, screwing the new plate into place ready for welding.
The new plate in place ready to be welded.
The new plate finally being welded on.
While the new 50mm plate is welded in place, work continues on the vestibule end with more and more corroded metal being removed each week.
The latest piece to be removed was part of the pillar which is due to be replaced by the one we fabricated last year.
As you can see, the pillar on the right has been removed.
Unfortunately however, the removal of this piece reveled extensive corrosion to the areas surrounding the buffers. The only way to tackle this problem is to remove the buffers, gas axe the corroded material away and weld a new plate in place.
The buffer plate is corroded beyond repair. The actual buffers can be seen through the hole in the plate.
Interior work also continues with another new member methodically removing and repairing each window before he begins to strip the rest of the coach.
The two broken windows have been re-glazed and one compartment now has a fully operational window.
The working window in the first compartment.
Parts of the window mechanism.
The handle to wind the window up and down.
Some of the interior paneling has also been removed and re varnished. Fortunately there is little or no damage to the majority of the panels.
Pictures show the newly restored panel on the left against an un-restored panel.
Moving back onto the exterior of the coach, one side of the coach has been stripped of paint and the majority painted in green primer. Some sections around the windows are even in blue undercoat.
Photo showing the early stages of removing old paint and putting the new coats on.