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62385 Undergoing Interior Refresh & Repaint…

MBSO 62385 of 1399 is currently undergoing a full repaint and interior refresh. Work includes maintenance to the vehicle body, sealing of the guttering, repaint of the roof, bodysides, solebar and bogie frames/detail.

The brake van area has also been cleared of prop furniture since this was surplus to requirements following its film contract use. The brake van doors have also been reinstated.

Internally, every piece of wood panelling in the corners of all windows and between seating bays will be replaced, including brand new upholstered cheek panels. It will be replaced with plywood, high quality upholstery foam and non-woollen moquette. This is to combat severe rot encouraged by the original hardboard/fibreboard and pure wool moquette.

A quantity of the new panels have been treated with clear varnish to further repel water & condensation.

62385 Meldon Shed

62385 Meldon Shed

New cheek panels being upholstered for 62385. It will still retain its "red" colour scheme.

New cheek panels being upholstered for 62385. It will still retain its “red” colour scheme.

 

VOP Unit to Dartmoor…

After a considerable effort in the face of poor weather conditions, two vehicles of VOP 3905 have now been successfully delivered to Meldon.

VOP 3905 Driving Trailer & TSO outside Meldon shed.

One of 3905s Driving Trailers being unloaded.

Last of the Greyhounds…

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76818s Saloon Interior Nears Completion…

A few pieces of trim, window frame fitting and a luggage rack to go up – that is all that remains of a 4-year hand refit of 76818s passenger saloon. The missing “end” seat backs and squabs are being collected for refitting shortly.

Many of you will also have noticed that its “nose” or gangway connector has been removed for some time, this was due to a perished seal. I am hoping to have this part come in to me fairly soon, so it can have a long overdue “nose job”.IMG_1013

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A Decision on ”Lisa”…

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A decision has now been made as to the fate of unit 1499 at the Dean Forest Railway, more details will be posted in due course. I have been asked not to publish exact details at this present time, however I can say that it will benefit 1399 and other preserved CIG units.

Film & TV…

1399 has just starred in the production of “Last Passenger”, due for release summer 2013.
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Copyright Omid Nooshin / NDF International