No. 228, built 1910

No. 228 is one of the last four “Barnum” carriages, all now on site at Ruddington. It is a 3rd class open saloon for 64 people in two compartments, built by G.C.R. at the new Dukinfield Manchester works to the design of John G. Robinson that reveals heavy U.S.A. influence as also used in the Barnum & Bailey circus train. This vehicle was last used in Hull Docks where it was adapted for tomato growing. It is stripped down, awaiting a body lift to replace steel gussets prior to re-assembly. Part of the original Kim Brooker collection. Photo courtesy of the Vintage Carriages Trust.

Waiting patiently in the shed at Ruddington….

Stripped out underside of Barnum no.228 – revealing space for missing brake actuation gear, dynamo, and the bogie which needs major overhaul. Photo – Andrew Coalwood

Black art rust prevention of Barnum frames

Black art rust prevention of Barnum frames

Frames exposed beneath the floor to enable corrosion protection work.

Stripped out underside of Barnum no.228 – revealing space for missing brake actuation gear, dynamo, and the bogie which needs major overhaul. Photo – Andrew Coalwood

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We have separation! First Barnum partition

Pushing on with our first sliding door…

Barnums in service – John Quick collection