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Old 16th August 2017, 18:02   #166
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As an aside I am not just taking photographs at the GCR - I also usually have a train ride and buy a Great Central Breakfast. I am also doing some cosmetic preservation on the Windcutter "B" rake. these are presently in Quorn station yard when I got to Quorn yesterday I found that three wagons have been split from the rake.


So I set to with my trusty tin of BR grey and 4" paint brush!



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Old 16th August 2017, 18:20   #167
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Good work Phil. Now you need to go at them with a scraper and a pot of rust creator...
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Old 16th August 2017, 21:07   #168
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yup... they need weathering...
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Old 17th August 2017, 07:21   #169
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Phil, drop me a PM if you fancy correcting the running numbers while you're at it (two of those are wrong, can't read the third on your photo). Good work by the way.
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Old 17th August 2017, 09:25   #170
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yup... they need weathering...
Thanks Cowley and tj!
In fact we did discuss weathering the Windcutters way back when we first started restoring them (Also putting a false high floor and "Filling" with coal!) but decided that there was enough to do just to keep them running - and time would do the weathering!
pmh - PM sent.

Anyway - Re the bridge, I will be away at the beginning of September, so it would be great if other viewers could post up progress pics again.
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Old 17th August 2017, 11:16   #171
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I'd be keen to help out on restoring the Windcutters, Flying Phil. Never done any restoration of rolling stock but keen to learn, even if it's just being let loose with a tin of paint like yourself yesterday. Drop me a PM when you get a chance.

I may take a trip down to Loughborough to take some pics of my own in your absence, though time is a valuable commodity these days for me so I can make no guarantees! I don't profess to know a thing about the engineering side of it either, so my commentary will be more along the lines of "look, the abutment is higher than in Phil's last picture!" than anything more technical

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Old 17th August 2017, 15:31   #172
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Flying Phil- thanks for your excellent work on several topics! But no need to rust those windcutters, they look great as they are. They are railway treasure.
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Old 17th August 2017, 17:00   #173
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GCR website update recently. The south abutment final lift is being concreted today and the northern one tomorrow. A lot to do before the bridge can go in but a great milestone.
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Old 18th August 2017, 22:42   #174
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GCR website update recently. The south abutment final lift is being concreted today and the northern one tomorrow. A lot to do before the bridge can go in but a great milestone.
Thanks Mogulb - also in the GCR video clip is a view of a part of the actual bridge deck under construction in Peterborough!
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Old 19th August 2017, 09:22   #175
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Hi Phil, Is there a bridge in place to take the railway over the canal I've seen on the google map. If there is, is the bridge Ok or will it have to be replaced?
Thanks again for your reports.
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Old 19th August 2017, 11:12   #176
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The canal bridge is still in situ, but does need a bit of work.
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Old 19th August 2017, 15:04   #177
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Hi Phil, Is there a bridge in place to take the railway over the canal I've seen on the google map. If there is, is the bridge Ok or will it have to be replaced?
Thanks again for your reports.
Hi fflint, as mogulb has said the canal bridge is still in situ and is shown on page 1 post #9. It is two, single track, parallel spans. It has a fair bit of rust but relatively (!) easily lifted and repaired.
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Old 19th August 2017, 15:27   #178
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Thanks again for all you do to keep us updated, Phil- this thread is fast becoming every bit as invaluable as the unofficial Bluebell extension blog was a few years ago.
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