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Renovating NB Invalid Saloon 461 - Chapter 17

Robbie Thomson made a splendid job of panelling the east saloon in oak kindly donated to the Society. Assembling the large frames proved to be quite a challenge as the glue being used cured rather quickly. It took two or more people to hold the various parts square while the tenons were knocked into the mortices. The panels were then inserted into the framing and finally the mouldings round the edges of the panels pinned in to retain the panels. The complete assembly was then screwed into place in the saloon.

Oak panelling

During the summer of 2017, 461 was moved to the Goods Shed where Jim Ormiston completed the exterior lining of the bodywork. Jim summers spent many (happy?) hours cleaning the muck and gunge off the hinged window ventilators. Unfortunately the carriage was left in the open air for a period, so all Jim's nice clean brass became tarnished and dirty, so a repeat cleaning was necessary.

461 in the open air 461 in March 2017 moving back to the RCB from the Goods Shed.

On inspection it was seen that the brake gear was in a sorry state. All the bushings would have to be replaced and various components were bent out of shape. The brake gear components were moved to the Romney Hut as an offer to straighten things out had been received.

Jim cleaning brass

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