We have the end plates, painted up with anti-corrosion protective, we have the measurements sorted ready for pre-drilling. The next step is to fill holes gouged out of the main steel frames before the first stage body lift is extended to ease the insertion of the new plates which will then be bolted onto the frame. We have to be very mindful of not overly jacking the body as to do so might unwittingly springing the newly positioned teak boarding now lining the two saloons.
Time has taken its toll of the rubber isolating pads that dampen any vibration from the movement of the bogies over rail joints and crossings. So there is a lot of drilling and screwing and the careful placement of special formed rubber units to be done, over the length of the 60 ft vehicle. The fact that the floor boarding can be lifted significantly eases these tasks.