This is a quick update on the progress of the replica J Lloyd Peate & Sons private owner wagon being built at the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. Unless credited otherwise photographs are from the author’s collection.
The timber components of the chassis have been assembled and the W Irons fitted to the Welshpool end. The other metal components bolted to the side of the solebar are, from left to right: corner bracket, floor/side knee support bracket, curved washer plate, straight washer plate, corner bracket.
The coupler body has been fitted to the headstock. The other coupler components will not be fitted until much later.
This is the other side of the chassis. The black metal components below the solebars are the spring hanger brackets.
This view shows the Llanfair end dragbox and the draw bars that connect it to the dragbox at the other end. This assembly links the couplers at each end of the wagon and all the pulling forces pass through it rather than the wooden components.
The Carriage & Wagon Team Leader ‘JB’ had set a target to have a rolling chassis by Christmas. This was achieved on Saturday 17th December.
Photo courtesy of the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway