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GWR Kitchen Diner First 9615

 
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John Chitham



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:35 pm    Post subject: GWR Kitchen Diner First 9615 Reply with quote

9615 entered the Bewdley Painshop 10/10/17 after patiently waiting for its overhaul since its withdrawal (2005?). When it was withdrawn it needed some repairs. 12 years later and it has deteriorated badly. The gutters have given way and the rot has set in. It has now been under cover for over a month and yet parts are still damp. It is not only a unique coach, but it is integral to the SVR history, having served in the Limited Set for many years, earning useful revenue for the railway. I look forward to its return to passenger service.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:07 pm    Post subject: Re: GWR 9615 Kitchen Diner First Reply with quote

John Chitham wrote:
9615 entered the Bewdley Painshop 10/10/17 after patiently waiting for its overhaul since its withdrawal (2005?). When it was withdrawn it needed some repairs. 12 years later and it has deteriorated badly. The gutters have given way and the rot has set in. It has now been under cover for over a month and yet parts are still damp. It is not only a unique coach, but it is integral to the SVR history, having served in the Limited Set for many years, earning useful revenue for the railway. I look forward to its return to passenger service.
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John Chitham



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



The Kitchen End has now been removed, since the end joist across the gangway was rotten and so was some of the vertical members. This end was previously damaged in a shunting accident with the gangway being ripped off, so it was a bit of a jigsaw of parts anyway. The photo shows the new replacement end joist resting on the buffers. (A doorframe shown in the foreground, was panelled over during the 1940's GWR refurbishment).

The opportunity has been taken to de-rust and paint the underframe in this area.

Other work has seen the removal of both roof tanks. These are stainless and with a bit of repair can be reused.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more dismantling work has taken place on the most rotten side. The roof is supported by acro-props and also tied to the building structure.


Drawings are being prepared to enable the main components (cant rail, bottom stringer, vertical ribs, door posts, waist rail, window rail and bodyrail) to be manufactured.

Meanwhile progress can be seen at the No.1 End (Kitchen) where the new end is being assembled.

The Dynamo and Regulator has now been removed and sent to Kidder for overhaul. This is an S10 Dynamo which has a greater capacity (and is heavier) than a standard GWR coach.

The remaining galvanised external panelling is to be removed and will be used as templates for the new panels. This will enable further structural assessment of the body structure.

While the overhaul of the exterior of the carriage is defined, the interior arrangement has not be clarified. (I am hoping it will look very similar to its previously restored state).
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new end has now been installed in place. New tongue and groove planking on the end has been fitted and the sliding gangway door is in position (temporary for trial fitting).



The wooden structural members for the kitchen end are now on order.

Although progress may look a little slow, there are lots of the individual components for example, brackets, light fittings and gangway components which are being, de-rusted, repaired and painted and put away ready for use.

One of the first components to be restored were the signs that go on the roof. These were removed when the tarpaulin was fitting, after the coach was withdrawn. This just needs a coach fitting to it to complete the restoration.


To quote SVR News "This is a back-to-the floor restoration which will take a number of years to complete. We will benefit from a very authentic example of a 1930s kitchen diner first. The opportunity for something very special is in this project"
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some lengths of bottom stringer have now arrived, manufactured to the same dimensions as the originals. They are to be joined together using scarf joints, which is how it is done on the GWR.


Meanwhile new gutter plates have been manufactured and waiting in storage.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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New framing has now been fitted to a good third of the non-corridor side. The door frames have been fitted for the double and single door on this side. The plan is to work down this side to the saloon end and the work back up the corridor side. The floor and the joists will need renewing but this cannot be done until the new bottom stringers are in place on both sides. The roof arches are being re-secured to the top stringers with metal brackets as it is not possible to recreate the mortice and tenons as that would require the roof to be completely dismantled.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


The frame for the majority of the non-corridor side has now been completed. Delivery of the half-ribs ( the uprights that fit under the windows) have been delayed preventing the completion of this side.
Work is now transferred to the end of the coach (Saloon end), which has now been removed for repairs.
The floor in the Pantry is being renewed. This used to contain a trap door under which was a zinc lined box, where the bottles of wine were kept. When the SVR floor was removed, the remains of the box was discovered but there was no wine.
The electrical panel has now been fitted, but wiring has not yet commenced.
-This marks the end of year 1 of the restoration.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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.A few progress pictures.
The floor is now renewed in the Pantry.
The floor is now renewed in the Kitchen area. (Another layer of ply to go down here)
In the Saloon area the reflooring process has started. The photo shows the old floor removed. This has exposed six large cast blocks which were provided as ballast weights to compensate for the weight of the Kitchen and keep the body balanced.
The end of the coach at the saloon end is back in place and some progress is being made on the corridor side.
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