Sunday, 28 April 2013
A start was made to the shed extension by Malcolm and Brian yesterday, whilst I continued cleaning and painting the lower saloon metal work. The pictures will tell a better story, but despite the wind , Malcolm and Brian got the first bits of framing up. Malcolm has also restored the first of the five wood pieces that give the floor it's camber and I used the new anti rust gunk and put the first coat of primer on the middle sections. The wood, bolts and sections can all be re used,they all cleaned up fine, so this is the first part of 53, albeit very small, to be shortly marked ok!
Monday, 22 April 2013
I believe 16 people turned up for this, it was a animated discussion! The estimate from Adrian was looked at and felt to be fair, a little more research goes into the insurance, but I think we have the cheapest quote and the committee was re-elected. There wasn't any others standing! We still haven't got an Exhibition officer, please can some one step forward? Thanks to Keith and the opulent surroundings of the BMRC rooms for the afternoon.
Thursday, 18 April 2013
I have received two quotes for the project. The first is an insurance quote, which covers on site liability and also show insurance, the second is the cost of restoring the wood work on 53. Both are reasonable and the second is split into sections to allow for funding as it comes in, both will be brought along on Sunday to discuss.
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Returned from Berlin yesterday,very efficient transport system with trams! Also bought a basic die cast model of a Berlin tram to add to the collection.Please note AGM next week, the 21st in Brighton , doors open 2.30pm, venue is the Brighton model railway club at London road Railway station, Ditchling Rise.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Saturday, 6 April 2013
Three of us out at 53 today, Allan, Malcolm and El Presi. The remainder of the floor was taken up and an across wood piece was unbolted and examined. The bolts and the wood are fine, so Malcolm is going to overhaul the wood, whilst the bolts will be cleaned up and re-used. The metal work was fine, so that be cleaned, repainted and ready! Malcolm also took more of the side strapping off, so the side panels can be removed and the metal work of the frame examined.Two concrete sleepers were put in position for the shed extension, a busy day indeed. Allan will do a report on this shortly. John the farmer had dropped off an old railway rail, I believe he has another so with a few sleepers we have some track....
Thursday, 4 April 2013
I went to see Peter Williams last night, our latest member. Peter was the first to spot 53 in the 50s and he kindly told me the story of the original attempt to restore 53 and how John the farmer got involved. It is too long to relate the whole tale here, but Peter gave me a lot of new information on 53 and the trams and has some superb pictures of Brighton trams I have not seen before.He also kindly gave me a whole folder of correspondence and press cuttings from the 70s and 80s relating to the above.
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
I was sent two newspaper cuttings yesterday by a kindly mystery tram fan; one is attached as a picture. It was the Brighton Argus form 2001 and 2010, one marking a 100 years since the trams started and the second about the wooden tram shelters still seen around town.