Registered Charity no.1095337
The LNER Coach Association was formed in 1980 with the objectives of obtaining, restoring and operating a collection of ex-LNER and / or constituent companies vehicles. It also provides an umbrella organisation for members with privately owned LNER and / or constituent companies vehicles for eventual use on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Working weekend dates
The next working weekend will be 18th / 19th May. If you can spare even a few hours, any help would be much appreciated. If possible, please let Murray Brown know in advance if you do plan to attend by email or phone (01733 578000).
A good turn out over the weekend of April 20/21 saw up to 9 volunteers pushing 1623 along – er, no, not the carriage itself, but work towards completing it. It really is taking shape and visitors are always suitably impressed when shown inside.
The corridor window cills were given another varnish, making 4 coats in total. The compartment side arm rests – 28 in total – had the painted bracket screwed on. This enables them to be screwed onto the compartment walls. Next job will be fitting them with the new moquette.
More mica floor panelling was cut to size - this is fitted (actually glued) on the floor either side of the linoleum as far as the walls, i.e. under the seats. On top of this will be screwed the steam heat radiators. Talking of which, an expedition was launched into the great unknown – the Long Siding at Pickering. The mission – should they wished to accept it – was to find the ‘missing’ steam heat radiators. They were found – inside TTO No. 24109. We thus now have a complete set (14) to fit in 1623. Better still was the finding of the ‘missing’ gangway end door for 1623 – this was found in TK No. 3291, also buried in the Long Siding.
Much work has been undertaken on the four external doors. Not only were they fitted in recent times but much of the ‘furniture’ has also been fitted – garnish rail and internal panelling.In this respect, panelling has been rubbed down, stained and varnished to produce the dark wood gloss so associated with post-war built carriages. Whilst this was going on, sanding of the door rebates was undertaken, removing all vestiges of layers of paint added since it was built.
Much time has also been spent on renovating the four sliding shutters, one of which is screwed to the top of the inside of each door. These comprise a substantial frame, into which is fitted two sliders which let in air when moved to one side. In the preceeding week, two more compartment’s worth of seats were brought back from the upholsterer’s premises in Derby in the new moquette and the final seats – old spares recovered from TK 23896 – were taken away. When they return, we will have a complete coach newly upholstered!
We have requested 1623 is moved into the main C&W shed early in May so the coach can be lifted. This will allow the bogies to be rolled out to be overhauled and the frames hidden by the bogies to be painted.
We do warmly welcome both visitors to the NYMR and also to anyone who would like to have an enjoyable day helping us finish this unique carriage . . . before we start on the next one.
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For more than 30 years the LNER Coach Association, based on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at Pickering, has specialised in the restoration of historic railway carriages. The results of its labours can be seen in the magnificent teak train that runs regularly on the railway. With the current restoration project of Thompson TK 1623, a corridor coach with 7 individual compartments, nearing completion, attention is now turning to the Association's next projects - restoration of its oldest coach - ECJS 189 and its newest coach - Thompson CK 18477.
For details of this appeal, please download the appeal leaflet here , or email our Fund Raising Officer here
We have just launched several new schemes to help raise restoration funds on-line for the LNER Carriage Association on-line, with just few extra clicks. The new on-line fund raising schemes consist of two web shopping portals and two search engine schemes, and by using these schemes you can help raise money for us, without it costing you a penny!
The two shopping portals are buy.at and easyfundraising.co.uk. If you shop on-line, using either of these portals, then for every purchase you make, we receive commission on that purchase, whilst you pay the same amount as you would have, if you had made the purchase direct!
On-line shops available through the Buy At scheme include Amazon, Asda, CD Wow, E.on, Hertz, Ikea, More Than, National Lottery, Premier Inn, and many more. The complete list of participating stores, and what commission they offer, can be viewed on the site. This scheme doesn't even require you to register, all you have to do is go to http://buy.at/lnerca , and start shopping!!
On-line shops available through the Easyfundraising scheme include AA Travel Insurance, Argos, Blockbuster, iTunes, More Than, The Trainline, Thomas Cook, WH Smiths and Wickes. The complete list of participating stores can be viewed here . To use this scheme, you do need to register first, a process that only takes a few minutes and can be done here .
Search Engine Schemes
The two search engine schemes are www.everyclick.com and www.easysearch.org.uk . These schemes work by the web company donating some of the money they receive from advertising fees, for each search that is completed using the search portal.
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