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The Wagon Department

There are an awful lot of wagons at Bo'ness and the vast majority are kept outdoors.  John John Forrest is the stalwart who keeps the collection in as good condition as the weather will allow.  Black seems to be John's colour - either paint for the chassis or grease for springs, brakes and axles.  John also ripped out all the rotten insides from the LMS Third 12059 as described elsewhere and was the prime mover in the restoration of the GNoSR ballast wagon 1329.

Ian Boettcher was the supervisor of the SAD project which was largely involved in the restoration of wagons until the project was wound up through lack of funding at the end of 2007. A 12T PAL van, an  ex-NB 10T box van, a 12T ventilated van and the LMS 20T brake van have so far passed through the Goods Shed. 

During 2017 the Glasgow and South Western Railway 10T van no. 7232 which came to the SRPS via the Admiralty had some renovation undertaken. The doors had been replaced and windows put in both ends - very non-GSWR prototypical! The state of the wagon was such that three of the four doors were beyond repair, the sill under the south side door was rotten, several vertical tongue and groove planks had been replaced, but only the rotten bits, so very tatty looking. The one usable door was repaired using the odd usable plank from the scrapped doors. Jamie Urquart, our youth member, chipped and wirebushed away all the corrosion from the door hinges, then painted them in green anti-corrosion primer.
Don and Jim made new frames for the other doors, then clad the 2 doors for the south side with planks recovered from the replaced Goods Shed doors.