Thanks especially to a master woodworking craftsman with 56 years experience, work on transforming the hulk of Barnum no.228 at the Ruddington Heritage Centre has taken a massive leap forward. Scores of workings of seasoned teak, recovered from a now demolished bonded warehouse in Nottingham, have been machined, cut to size and shaped – to start the cladding of the inside of the saloons of this 108-year old Edwardian classic excursion traffic carriage, reports Roger Penson, Trustee coordinating the work on site.

One of the GCR original fleet of carriages in the charge of the GCR Rolling Stock Trust, Barnum no.228 started its restoration with rescue from the scrap man in 1998, and has already significant body structure work already completed. The sides of the body were stripped off to enable the frame’s rotting timber to be repaired by splicing in new timbers, the roof secured and stabilised to enable a first cover to be attached and the ceiling panels in the two saloons to be installed, and the replacement timbers prepared for the cladding panels. The transformation is astonishing – but it is only the start of a long programme.

We are not-proud to ask for volunteer help – even if it is for short bursts. This carriage is iconic and is an essential part of our GCR heritage. So please come and join us. That is the Roger Penson message.

Rapid progress with newly trialled and teak panel fixing within the saloon of Barnum no.228, to complement the ceiling panels already installed – Photos – Andrew Coalwood.