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GWR 813
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 GWR 813 Goods Train. (Rick Eborall©)
Photo: Rick Eborall.©


2014.

From The Barry Coach Trust
24/04/14:
'Whilst we are hoping for good weather so that we can carry on with the roof repairs, the first of the planks for re-cladding 66 are nearing completion. Once done a wet day will be used to renew the first part of the platform side planking. There is a good chance that by the end of May this will be done.'

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From Avon Valley Railway Wagon Department
17/04/14
'Just a quick update, today we fitted the hand brake column this included drilling a 4’ ½ hole in the timber floor and 4 x ¾ holes. As per usual we did not have any ¾ bolts the right length so 4 were dyed down and a split pin hole drilled in each. As you can see it’s very tidy up that end after Dave attacked it with a hover. Martin was busy drilling the holes out on the STD brake van so riveting can start sometime soon hopefully. The last 2 castings (as seen in the last update) for the sand boxes have arrived and will be machined very shortly.' Ollie
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Various Photographs of the van are on the blog site.

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From Avon Valley Railway Wagon Department
12/04/14
'Over the last few weeks we have been fitting the floor timbers, this has taken time due each timber having to have each end recessed to avoid hitting the rivet heads so they can fit flat against the chassis, as you can see 95% is completed all we need to fit now is under the vacuum cylinder end. The cabin sides have been given a top coat of brown, the plan is to 2nd coat it when the floor has been completed. The axle boxes are coming along, all have been machined and new inserts are being made to make up the wear, these will be screwed to the boxes and machined to suite each horn guild. All the horn guide faces have now been grinded flat. The castings for the sand box bottoms have been cast and machined awaiting fitting when the plugs are completed.'
Ollie
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Various Photographs of the van are on the blog platform.

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From National Preservation Rolling Stock Movement :
10/04/14
'I can confirm that gwr no8 a dean four wheeler has moved from SDR to the Gwili having touched down at the Gwili 20 minutes ago.'
James Buckley

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From National Preservation Rolling Stock
SVR Wagons.
10/02/14:
'Well, this week we have made progress on several fronts. Firstly we've had a shunt around, 80982 is out in the open although she still neeeds a lot of work. Her floor boards have been lifted infront of the door, ready for replacement, however, the tin underneath has also rotted, this is not structural so will only recieve attention where it is fastened to the floor boards. One patch has been cut and fitted and the second should be in place next week. Inside the shed, work has started on Cadbury Wagon number 346's roof, this wagon is a steel bodied van built on the frames of a much older wagon and was based at their works in Moreton, Cheshire, despite the number of people requesting it, it was not painted purple, nor was it a Bornville wagon. 1896 built CONE (Improvised gunpowder van) number 58725 has been brought in for some TLC too, this wagon was built as one of the GWR's legendry Iron Minks (Other railways had them too but the GWR ones seem to be the most well known) however her history has had a few twists and turns. She became a gunpowder van just prior to World War 2 and it is in this livery that she is most well known, however, during her restoration in 1980, evidence or the livery of another railway was discovered, and it is belived that she is one of a batch that had a spell on loan to the southern! The operational fleet was in use during the gala of the other week, and during this time one or two issues with Toad Brake van 68501 with sticking doors became apparent, this has now received attention.
As you can see, we have been busy,
Take care, Olly'
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GWR 58725 is a 'Mink' to a V Diagram, not a 'CONE' to a 'Z' Diagram. The van was loaned to the Southern Railway in 1938. GWR 58725 was reconverted to a Covered Goods Van in October 1945: New Works Order 3243/82/89.

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From The Barry Coach Trust
06/04/14:
'We British do like to talk about the weather and with it being changeable today it was time for inside work. We have made ourselves a little 'jobs board' and this now just needs fixing inside the workshop - another of the winter jobs will then be completed. Hopefully this will make it easier to keep the flow of work going when different people are around at different times. Some more paint has been applied to the wood for 66's re-planking. With a total of 3 coats on the inside and at least 5 for the outside this is time consuming. 24 planks are required for part one of this task.'

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From The Barry Coach Trust
30/03/14:
'With holidays and work commitments taking precedence for some of our regulars the only work this weekend has been putting tool van 66 back in order after it's travels to Kidderminster. This is a surprising time consuming job. You will see a picture of van 66 en-route elsewhere on this page. After leaving Bewdley the consist was just a brake van and tool van 66. Hopefully next weekend will see sufficient space again in the workshop that we can start progressing on our work for the spring and summer.'
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The photograph is on The Barry Coach Trust Facebook Platform. Link is above.

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From The Barry Coach Trust
09/03/14:
'A variety of tasks have been undertaken today. Our notice board above the milk churn has had primer applied where necessary. One of the two doors that has been awaiting refitting has been refitted. This has given more room in the workshop for the preparation of the wood currently being painted for the outside of van 66. We were also getting some advice today over a particular aspect of forthcoming work and there were a number of visitors that we spent time with explaining our project and progress, together with time spent on sales in van 66. One of those days that makes you feel good being in the Severn Valley and enjoying the railway.'

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Stock List News
GWR 95353

01/03/2014
GWR 95353 Mink 'A' has been purchased from the Rutland Railway Museum and transported to Kidderminster Yard, Severn Valley Railway. The vehicle was built 1916 to Diagram V16.

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From Avon Valley Railway Wagon Department
27/02/14
Further restoration update and photos regarding the Fund's GWR Goods Brake Van 17464 from Ollie Holmes and the gang.

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From SVR Live
26/02/14
'Carriage & Wagon: Wheel flats on carriages have been a problem for the department and cost significant sums to repair as the whole carriage, in this case MK1 TSO 4550, has to be transported to Bristol by low loader for tyre turning.
In the paintshop LNER buffet 643 is being repaired and re-varnished.
At Bewdley LNER Pigeon Van 70759, has had its roof replaced and the volunteer group are now concentrating on the completion of the interior fit out.
GWR Carriage 1146 is now awaiting its turn in the Bewdley workshop.'

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From The Barry Coach Trust
22/02/14:
'Here is a small selection of the things we have on offer in our Sales Coach - GWR Tool Van 66. There are things for the men, ladies and children. One of our recent donations was some soft toys. We also have some wrapping paper and umbrellas'! (4 photos)' Photos available on the Barry Coach Trust Facebook Platform.

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From Avon Valley Railway Wagon Department
16/02/14
Further Restoration updates regarding the Fund's GWR Goods Brake Van 17464 from Ollie Holmes and the the gang.

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From The Barry Coach Trust
15/02/14:
Further renovation news regarding the Funds GWR 66 Tool Van: 'Whilst the work on van 66 may seem a distraction as to our ultimate goal of restoring Barry Railway coach 163, we cannot understate the importance of the van to us. This is giving us the means to built up our funds and carry out the work on 163. Unfortunately at this time of year we can do very little on 163, so the work on 66 is a useful way of being productive. The next job to be undertaken on 66 is the re-planking of the platform side. This will improve the look of the van considerably. Once that is done the weather should have improved and external work on 163 should be able to recommence. Once again work on the roof will take priority.' Photos and further news on the coach are on the The Barry Coach Trust Facebook Platform.

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From National Preservation Rolling Stock
SVR Wagons.

10/02/14:
'This week, the door stops have been removed off of van number 80982, crawling under the bench to remove the bolts from the river side one involved one person using his jumper and body to sweep the van floor! New stops have been made and fitted and had a coat of primer already. Work has begun on filling the holes in the bodywork, as most of the body is in good shape this involves car body filler and a degree of skill to make it look the part. Under the wagon work is progressing on the chassis, there are only so many ways to describe chipping off scale and applying primer so I won't go into detail here. Wish us all luck Olly'

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From the SVRA 'The Bugle'
'Tales from Bridgnorth Loco (part 11), by Steve Owen'
'Work continues on the motion and pipework of 813 and the new coupling rods, the new inner firebox has had the stay hole locations drilled before it was fitted inside the outer box.'

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The Barry Coach Trust
10/02/14:
Further renovation news regarding the Funds GWR 66 Tool Van: 'This weekend work has been concentrated on finishing off in van 66. The electrics have now been checked. More top coat painting has been carried out so that only a few bits of finishing off should be required next weekend. Carpets tiles have started to be fitted and will hopefully be finished either before the weekend or on Saturday. If you would like to see the finished results for yourself come and see us next weekend at Hampton Loade when the SVR starts running again. Even better come and make a purchase of the many reasonably priced goodies on offer.'

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From the SVR Bugle
07/02/14
'Work continues on the motion and pipework of 813 and the new coupling rods, the new inner firebox has had the stay hole locations drilled before it was fitted inside the outer box.'

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Further renovation news regarding the Funds GWR 66 Tool Van The Barry Coach Trust Facebook platform
02/02/2014:
"With only 1 more weekend to go before services recommence on the Severn Valley mild panic is starting to set in. Inside van 66 painting has reached top coat stage on various sections with the ceiling now finished. The electrics are nearly completed and ready for checking. The shelving still needs more work doing and as there are various coats of paint this could be the last to be finished. We have obtained floor tiles and these still have to be fitted. There is also some touching up of paintwork that will be needed to give it that finished look. Our thanks to C&W at Kidderminster who kindly provided us with the small amount of matt black paint required for doors. One has been done with the other still to do. No photo's this week as different coats of white paint really don't look very different."

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From National Preservation Rolling Stock SVR Wagons.
Renovation news regarding the Funds GWR 80982 Tool Van.

From The Barry Coach Trust Facebook front page
26/01/2014:

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(GWR 66 Tool Van)
" Despite the weather progress continues with just two more weekends before the railway reopens. The ceiling has had most of the final paint applied and work has now moved onto the shelves. There is still a fair amount of debris to be cleaned off the shelves from when the tool van was used for this purpose. The metal work has been prepared and over the weekend both red oxide and dark grey undercoat have been applied. Work on the electrics has also continued but at a slower rate than anticipated. Some things just take longer than you expect! The winch has also been painted up to undercoat as well. There is still plenty to do and not everything will be done by the time we re-open. Over 24 hours working time has been spent on the van this weekend by just 4 of us. We are still hopeful that sufficient work will have been undertaken to allow us to re-open on the weekend of 15/16 Feb. As you see not everything is black and white!".

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Further reports and photographs dated 15/01/2014 & 18/01/2014.

From SVR Live: SVR Live
14 January 2014
"Motive Power Department Bridgnorth: Fleet Update:
813 new piston rod finish machined with both pistons complete now ready for fitting. Boiler work to re-commence after completion of Barber boiler.
Next year will see company loco’s in traffic:
1501
2857
4566
43106
7714 (late)
Commercial loco’s for next year:
813 (mid)
7802 Bradley Manor (mid-late)
7812 Erlstoke Manor
34053 Sir Keith Park
34027 Taw Valley (mid)
Nick Ralls (General Manager) "

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From Barry Coach Trust: BarryRailwayCarriageTrust

GWR 66 Tool Van:
12 January 2014
"What a weekend. We have had four volunteers working on van 66 this weekend. The most we have had (apart from gala's and chestnuts) for a couple of years. The shop stock has been covered over to protect it from dust. The old electrics have been taken out. The ceiling has been rubbed down. The metalwork for painting has been rubbed down. New conduit has started to be installed. The first coat of paint has been applied to the ceiling. Over 24 hours of effort has been put in by Dave, Graham, Marie and Sam. Well done to everybody. It looks so much better already."
Click on the Barry Coach Trust link above to see the photographs.

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