The restoration of our covered carriage truck, CCT 1308, is fully completed, thanks to the magnificent efforts and workmanship of many LNERCA volunteers, but particularly Brian Ford and Ken Richardson. The CCT itself has been moved out of the Atkins shed to the Beck Siding (the north end of Pickering station), where it now resides with fellow LNERCA-owned ex Gresley RF No. 42969, alias the Upholstery Coach. Both carry LNER colours, 1308 in LNER Brown and the carriage in LNER Departmental Oxford Blue. Thus, both vehicles fully fit the image of the 1930’s LNER era which Pickering station depicts.
There is another significance to both its renovation and that of 42969. So often on heritage railways, non-passenger carrying vehicles tend to become neglected. This is because normally all available volunteer manpower is directed at the passenger-carrying carriages. So, with gleaming 1308 and 42969 on show, we have two historical items from our collection no longer derelict, earning their keep as well as providing vital stores facilities, improving relations with our neighbours, increasing morale amongst LNERCA volunteers and offering an antidote to those who feel not enough is accomplished in encouraging the historical aspect of the NYMR.
It is a pleasure to acknowledge the assistance of C&W Manager, Kieran Murray, and his team, as well as the Wagon Group who had to forsake their usual space in the Atkins shed to accommodate 1308.
And there’s more! Gresley Brake Third Open 43567 has also been completed after a mammoth effort to put right all the defects, put a new roof covering on, and then apply 12 coats of varnish, let alone undertake the intricate lining out. Let’s not forget the complete interior paint of the guard’s van section in light stone eggshell finish. It is almost worth asking passengers to visit the guard’s van, it looks so good.
After 43567, there are two further vehicles in the teak set needing attention. The first is Tourist Third Open (TTO) No. 56856. It requires work on its leaking roof and the resultant damage which this has caused. Hopefully this work can be accomplished quickly, as it is needed to bring the teak set up to four coaches for the 2020 season. There will not be time to re-varnish it. After that, it will be the turn of TTO 23956, which has unfortunately deteriorated to a similar state as 43567 last year, and requires a major overhaul.
Join the club!
Can we entice any of you to help us? Both armchair members and working volunteers, with or without skills, are welcome. We can offer an excellent working environment, thanks to the NYMR’s Atkins shed. Do call in on your next trip to the railway where we can show you what’s going on. Our website is www.lnerca.org
Authorisation has just been given to our joiner, Andrew Daniel, to proceed with ordering the hardwood to allow repairs to start on Fish Van E75169. His 12-year stint on rebuilding LNER Observation Car 1729 at Nemesis’ depot, Burton on Trent has come to an end, so he is starting on another unique LNER vehicle, but one with not quite the same panache!
Andrew collected the ‘marking out’ boards on which he made detailed measurements some two years ago and he will now fabricate the frame members in his Harrogate workshop and then bring them to Pickering. Luckily, being self-employed and working alone, he is able to progress the machining and fitting without the distraction of the virus pandemic which is affecting so many people.
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In the current Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, the LNER Coach Association’s first priority is the safety and well-being of all its members and working volunteers. Therefore the Association will follow government advice, especially as regards social distancing and self isolation precautions. As it now seems likely that the pandemic will continue for some months, both our Annual General Meeting and our Working Week in May will be rescheduled to a later date which will be advised in due course.
We are leaving volunteers to decide themselves if they wish to continue working in the Atkins shed but we fully understand those who feel they should stay at home.