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End Loading Pillar repairs on BR Mk.1 SK 25728

End loading pillar repairs on BR Mk.1 25728
Richard Salmon

Corridor Second No 25728, which on arrival was thought to be the best of the three SKs had, in the next three years, demonstrated a weak-spot in the design. The seal between the gangway and the end of the coach had failed, leading to corrosion of the end sheeting and the subsequent ingress of water. The end-loading pillars, quarter-inch thick steel channels, had rusted almost completely through at the bottom.

To gain access to repair these required not only the partial dismantling of the coach interior (including a section of the floor, which was, as usual, partly rotten in any case), but also the removal of the gangway connectors.

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