Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust

Hunsbury Hill Road, Camp Hill, Northampton NN4 9UW. Tel: 01604 702 031

02 Nov 2017

Running boards

Submitted by Carl Hinton

The next step in our renovation is to replace the full length running boards. We want to do this before the roof repairs as it will give us something to stand on whilst replacing the roof. HubsThese were removed when the boggies were replaced some years ago; as the replacement wheels were somewhat wider than the old ones.

24 Oct 2017

It starts

Submitted by Carl Hinton

Refurbishment always has to start somewhere, and the exposed verandah floors seemed like a really good place to start.

15 Oct 2017

Bauxite paint

Submitted by Carl Hinton

Our desire is to restore brakevan 950061 to its original livery. When it was completed 29th October 1952 in the Derby works it would have been painted bauxite. The historic composition of this paint is given below.

15 Oct 2017

Initial historic investigations

Submitted by Carl Hinton
Our BR goods brakevan 950061 was completed 29th October 1952 in the Derby works to D2068 revised to diagram 505 20 ton AVP & guage - BR lot 2025 (62 of 125) and would have been painted bauxite. The most common brake van on the LMS was the 20 ton, 2-axle vehicle consisting of a wooden plank body on a steel underframe. Our 950061 is one such vehicle. The LMS had a large fleet comprising those absorbed from the pre-1923 companies and others built during the LMS’s own tenure. The brake van design was developed by the LMS to meet operational needs in three areas.
14 Oct 2017

Initial inspection

Submitted by Carl Hinton
Our project is brake-van number 950061; at this time we have no knowledge of it's history, make or model. The roof is in serious need of repair, the paint work is shabby, and the brakes although safe for use are in need of adjustment. In particular state of disrepair is some rotten woodwork that will need replacing with new and an electrical system that must have been added sometime after the original build. A wasps nest found in the roof needs removal.