The photo from Andrew Strongitharm shows the coach at Sheffield Park on 29th December.
After 3 and a half years in service since overhaul, this carriage was overdue a re-varnish, and in addition some teak panels had split. Five of the panels have been removed and repaired, and another replaced entirely. This has entailed removing quite a few of the mouldings, and several other mouldings also required re-bedding. Several hundred screws have been used to provide better fixing for the mouldings, which were showing a tendency to come loose, and all the sunken screw heads have been plugged with specially cut teak plugs. The roof has been re-painted, and the sides prepared carefully for a complete revarnish, which has involved stripping the varnish back to bare wood in places.
Damage done to the varnish-work and gold-leaf lettering had been repaired earlier this year, but the vinyl used by the film company had affected the varnish, so further remedial work, including significant attention to the gold leaf work was required. In addition, where the mouldings had been removed, the lining around the edges required significant further work.
All of this work has been undertaken by volunteers from the BASH team who originally undertook the restoration, starting in late October, to a tight time-scale, since the carriage is required back in service on Boxing Day. By the end of November, all the repairs were completed, allowing a clear run for the several coats of varnish then required.
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