Saturday, 24 July 2010

Plenty of seats inside the car...

Partly to satisfy a need to ensure the seat frames were all correctly aligned, but also to inspire us further along the road to completion, a trial fitting of seat backs was undertaken today. It certainly transforms the internal appearance of 279 - making it look much more complete. A full set of seats are to be retrimmed at the BusWorks in Blackpool in the traditional dark green tram moquette.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Swingover seats refitted

Swingover seat frames have been refitted to 279 this week, following powder coating and modifications to fit the seat rail fitted to '679' when it received bus seats. On the exterior repanelling of the cant-rail has started whilst at South Shore Metal Fabrications, the steel-framed ends are progressing well. But more of that next week...

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

New half-drop windows fitted

Eight new half-drop window units, fabricated by Cheshire Vehicle Windows, have been fitted to 279. The units were ordered after problems sourcing sufficient original units for 279 and the need to fit toughened safety glass. Interior woodwork has been revarnished and refitted, whilst 24 swing-over seat frames have been repaired and powder coated in green gloss ready for refitting.
After a false start, South Shore Metal Fabrications are fabricating new cab frames for 279, based on photos supplied and an original cab end from Balloon Car 717.