Dave Watkin has also been hard at it applying a plain
GW green livery to the tender destined to run with 3803. Purchased for
the purpose in the 1980's from the Erlestoke Manor fund and bearing lined
BR (WR) green livery the tender has seen use on the WSR attached to 7820
Dinmore Manor for two seasons and more recently behind 7822 Foxcote Manor
when it visited the SDR last Easter, thus saving the cost of transporting
its own tender around the country. It is planned to have 3803 back in traffic
by the late May Bank Holiday weekend. Meanwhile a new set of superheater
elements have been delivered for the engine and the connecting rods that
have been on loan to Kinlet Hall for the past 8 years were due to be delivered
to Buckfastleigh on Sunday 26th February. The chassis is expected to be
completed within a couple of weeks with just the fitting of the connecting
rods, some of the vaccuum pipework and a few minor jobs being the
only outstanding work. The boiler cladding is nigh on complete with the
plug ferrules and mudhole
door covers about to be fitted. Preservationists are reminded that
these items are manufactured in house and can be ordered from the workshop.
Compare the pictures above with the earlier news reports which you can
view by clicking on the links below:
3803 was linked with its newly painted tender today (6th
March) for the first time as part of the final stages of its restoration.
The opportunity was taken to check that it would happily negotiate the
coaling road into the engine shed as it is just a little longer in the
wheelbase than the next largest engines to have used the slightly tightly
curved road, 5786 and 4920. In the event no problems were encountered.
The engine is expected to enter traffic at the end of May Bank holiday
gala, during which event it is scheduled to haul a seven coach train of
all Great Western carriages and also a reasonable size goods train to ensure
it feels at home!
Third Saloon (Picnic Saloon) 9346 has emerged from the
C&W Works at Buckfastleigh after its quick paint job. The pictures
show it standing in the platform at Buckfastleigh. It is expected to be
transferred to Staverton Station for temporary use as a staff mess van.
The interior still has to be restored and various repair work still needs
to be carried out to the end where the kitchen was attached in its last
life as a house. In the meantime the difference is stunning and will preserve
it until a more thorough restoration can be carried out. The pictures of
the end before and after painting make an interesting comparison. In the
picture of the restored end of 9346 it also makes an interesting comparison
with the end of the recently out shopped Collett carriage 6515.
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