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A start has been made on M50455 at Bury. Bodywork has so far consisted of six new steel patches welded in and grinding out failed filler with primer being applied to the bare steel.


More welding has been undertaken on the bodysides, and repairs to the cab front have started with new patches going around the tops and bottoms of the windscreens. A great deal of work has also gone into the removal of the cab roof dome which was the site of severe corrosion.


Work has focussed on the cab roof dome. The old rivet holes which fixed the patches to the Secondmans side will need quite a bit of repair work to the corner. Over half of the old paint has been sanded off.


Work 'in the background' continues on M50455. A few days of measuring, more measuring and reference to the original drawings, and after much head scratching and working out, the new drawings for the cab front panels have been finished off on the computer and new steel has been laser cut. Back at base, the front panels have been removed from the lower section of the cab to reveal the corroded framework beneth.


M50455 lost its original cab windscreen frames after accident damage in the 1980's. The opportunity is being taken during the cab rebuild to return these, and a set have been stripped out of stored E50556 at the Telford Steam Railway. A clean up, removal of all the old pins/barrel nuts and a splash of paint is required before they can be fitted to '455.


Welding work has concentrated recently on a badly corroded doorway next to the guards van which had been a bad water trap fo many years and has damaged parts of the interior bulkhead as a result. Metalwork on the guards van continues also, with interior paint stripping and new laser cut panels being two items of note. More of the cab front has also been stripped off where corroded matal has been found.


With welding now post-poned until January 2016, resealing of th sliding windows is being undertaken. This was completed on M50517 before it moved to the ELR but M50455 required the same. It involves stripping down the windows and cleaning up all the alloy before reassembling and also slightly redesigning the methods of water drainage.


Progress has been made on bodywork preparation on the No1 side of M50455. The former Network SouthEast stripes are notoriously difficult to stop showing through liveries applied on top, so it's been flatted even further back on the door than during its last repaint, after which you could still just make it out when viewed from some angles.


Monotonous restoration progress has been made on M50455 over the last two months of 2015. A lot of cleaning/preparation work for its planned repaint has been undertaken, with many “detail” items such as door hinges and doorway weather proofing strips being cleaned back ready for new paint. This work is very time consuming with little visual impact at the end, however it will be worth it as it greatly increases the quality of the eventual repaint.


The final bit of primarily sanding has been carried out on the rear end of M50455. The application of body filler should start soon in areas where no welding is required.


No2 side of M50455 has now had it's first dose of filler and has been flatted off. More filling and sanding is required before the paint can start going on. The final finish is all in the prep! The bodywork on this vehicle is far from in the best condition and will require a lower half reskin at some point in the distant future. At the moment though, it's a case of trying to make the best of it.


A start has been made on cleaning up some multiple working jumper sockets to replace some that are cracked.


After much filling and sanding, a start has finally been made on applying paint to M50455. It's not the end of the sanding though, as this first coat will need flatting off before more paint is applied, flatting off between each coat.


The doors and door jambs on No2 side of M50455 have had a coat of primer, following on from the bodyside last week. This reveals areas that require further filler, before it's all flatted off read for another coat. That process continues until the gloss goes on!


After last week's application of the first coat of a start has been made on flatting it off before applying another coat!


More painting today - The second coat of undercoat on No2 side. Followed by a start on removing the rotten floor support wood floor bearers at the rear end/corridor connection.


Filling and sanding has started on No1 side. The first round of filler was applied on 28/3/16 and sanded off today. It will take many more sessions of filling and sanding to get the bodywork prepped fir primer. There is also still some metalwork required on this side.


More of the same we're afraid......The last three days have been spent filling and sanding No1 side....still more required yet though before the first coat of primer can go on.


After weeks of filling and sanding multiple times......The first coat of primer has been applied to No1 side, with the exception of a few areas of bodywork and doors that still need some welding work.


All the primer has been flatted off with a view to giving it all a second coat. The door jambs have also been prepped and seven repair pieces for the areas that have suffered rot behind the hinges made.