Believe it or not, the railway now possesses more than 30 wagons, some serviceable, some not.
The work on the wagons can be been split into two categories, that of maintaining the current fleet and that of bringing back into service those that are in need of restoration.
Whilst the railway was being rebuilt Marcus Ingram was responsible for most of the wagon restorations that were done in order to provide the construction staff with a usable fleet of vehicles. This involved an overhaul of the brakes, both vacuum and hand brakes, attention to any plate work that needed replacing or welding and then a complete repaint in red oxide into the condition seen below.
Once serviceable however, there was then a need for them to be maintained. The maintenance over the years had been mainly on an 'as needed' basis, however, for a short period of time a group called Wagons Roll was introduced with a more formal approach. However, it was short lived as the project leader's circumstances changed and since then Marcus Ingram has been able to do some maintenance of the wagons as and when time is available.
This therefore is still an area of activity that needs more help so if you don't mind getting dirty you'll be warmly received - there's always painting to be done.
Alongside the restoration activities, Martin Kressman keeps on top of the 'day to day' running maintenance of the operational wagon fleet. To date this work has involved a number of tasks that can be summed up as:
1) The standardisation of all the axle-box cover fastenings using new 1/2" Whitworth studs and nuts where necessary.
2) Cleaning out the axle-boxes and renewal of the wool packing within the bearings where required.
3) Lubricating all the axle-boxes.
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