Saturday, 30 January 2010

143 lookings dashing!

The front aluminium dash panels have now been fabricated for 143 using thick gauge aluminium and the first of these has now been test fitted. There are some final tweaks required before it is finally fitted and secured to the platform framing and, of course, we need to get head and tail lamps fitted.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Upper Deck ready for assembly

The kit of parts to assemble the upper deck has now been completed by Gilletts of Wesham. This view shows the main side frame which has utilised parts salvaged from 143's top cover back in 2006. Movement of the parts to the LTT's Brinwell Road depot is scheduled for mid-February where the side frames, roof ribs and roof will be assembled.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Great progress on 143's trucks

Blackpool Transport has made great progress on overhauling the Preston McGuire trucks for 143. This view, taken on 22 January, shows the frames substantially complete but awaiting axles and motors.

It is hoped to get the lower saloon body back to Rigby Road depot during February to be refitted to its trucks!

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Xmas Progress on 143

Over the Christmas period, volunteers have done further work on 143. The interior woodwork has been stained and varnished and is beginning to look superb. Several more coats of varnish still required yet though!