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Views from the waiting room 30/04/2022

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 Although we are patiently awaiting our visit to the shed to complete the construction of section 3 our time in the 'waiting area' has not been wasted. The recent settled and dry weather has meant that flooring for the new section has been almost completed and preparation of the two vestibule partitions have been prepared for replacement of the rotted timbers which should commence soon, and hopefully be completed in time to be assembled along with the vestibule framework in a few weeks time. Preparation for dismantling of most of the remaining original bodywork has also been undertaken after a big clear out of the luggage end. The pictures show the internal side of the roof which has seen the light of day for the first time in almost 100 years. The black circular marks seen is the accumulation of almost a century of nicotine drawn through the ventilators. Also shown are the GWR makers template marks. If anyone is interested in purchasing this one please get in touch as although

07/04/2022 Easier with some floor to stand on................

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Whilst we await our slightly overdue arrival in the shed we have been making the most of the sunny, if blustery weather to fit some of the flooring on to the newly assembled section base. A layer of 20mm tongue and groove is topped be 25mm plywood. The lower picture show the first section of ply being eased into place in lateral seating bay 3 and the under floorboards almost completed in the longitudinal seating bay adjacent to the entry vestibule. We're pleased with the progress after one or two minor hiccups to start. Watch out for more progress soon.  

This time we know its for real! 24/03/2022

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 Yesterday we went through the final checking and trial fits, today we assembled the main frame of section on the chassis for real. After an early (for us) start we cleared the required space and one of the original vestibule partitions that lay in the way and set about joining the first of the next section sole (bottom) plates in place, soon to be followed by the cross members which have to be assembled prior to the second sole plate to locate it all into the correct position. This is where the earlier trials then pay off and with very little repositioning it all slotted neatly into place. The pictures below show  the assembly in various stages of completion with the final shot showing the corner flooring brackets being added. Al in all a good start to the next few weeks of fairly intense construction work. Please keep checking back for the latest updates or bookmark  G.W.R. Autotrailer 169 News and Restoration Blog (gwrautotrailer169.blogspot.com) .

Final Preparation work section 3, 23/03/2022

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 Today we completed the final preparation work and trial assembly of section 3 ahead of the real and hopefully permanent thing starting in earnest tomorrow. The first work will be carried our in the yard at Williton due to overrunning work in the shed. Sawing the flooring rebates Just about ready for final assembly Thankfully the weather looks set fair for a few days. You may be able to catch a glimpse of our work on WSR.org via the Williton webcam. Otherwise check beck here for regular updates over the next few weeks. 
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 Preparation for Section 3 Assembly   06/03/2022 We have been very busy since the New Year trying to ensure we are as prepared as possible for the upcoming reassembly work on section 3. We are taking our agreed undercover period commencing 28th March and it is our intention to fully utilise the time allowed to ensure we can complete as much as section 3 as we can and do any preparation and dismantling of section 4 as possible during the indoor period. The 3 roof hoops that we will need have now been glued and mortising for the roof spacers is progressing well. These are being hand made. An additional crossmember for section 4 has been made to a help ensure all is mounted squarely on the frames. Pictures below show the roof hoops nearing completion and the gluing of a section 4 crossmember. We have also made copious amounts of tongue and groove floorboards that will act as a base for the 25mm ply that is the actual flooring. Work has also continued on the doors for the luggage end and t

Roof Hoops and Door Handles 29/10/21

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29/10/2021 Further progress on the assembly of section 3 requires a further 3 Roof Hoops to be manufactured, and due to the imminent increase in electricity prices and the fact the there is a high demand for the said power for several hours we took the opportunity to save a few pounds before the 1st November. For those who are new followers of this Blog and all things Auto 169 this will be a new process to you although we have now produced 8 of these and will probably need a further 5 or 6 before we reach the Luggage end. Briefly they are made of 4 laminations of 3"x1/2' ash. The individual laminations are steamed for about 2 1/2 hours before being removed and clamped to the former. The first lamination is allowed to cool for about 20-30 mins until 'set' when its unclamped and lamination 2 is added. This process is repeated a total of 4 times when they are removed clamped together and then left for a couple of weeks to fully dry out prior to gluing. The pictures below

Door construction update 09/10/2021

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Work continues on the construction of the luggage doors, Number 2 (right hand) of 4 beginning to look the part. And below the best of the originals