BR Pavan B779696 was outshopped during October 2021 in line with its S&D debut into traffic at the end-of-season gala.
This particular mixed goods wagon could be considered the volunteer's wagon as it’s twelve-month transformation from a completely bare chassis and framework to being completely restored, is thanks to the hardworking volunteers and the continuing donations and support from our members, volunteers and supporters, which we all are very appreciative of.
The rebuild and repaint has been conducted by many volunteers from our dedicated wagon team, loco department and permanent way gang. The coronavirus pandemic halted progress with this project, however through the collaboration of our various departments the project carried on at a decent pace through this challenging period for the railway.
During the beginning of October, we caught up with Matthew, one of our volunteers who had the pleasure of adding the finishing details to this splendid wagon - which is a tribute to every volunteer whose worked on it.
During the back end of the summer while focusing on Dogfish DB983233 repaint, watching the PalVan go through its final stages of the rebuild with fresh timbers and fresh Bauxite paint was a very exciting process to see, especially as we welcome another box van to our ever-expanding freight collection.
The process of signwriting this particular wagon is rather similar to my previous exploits with our other box vans, the wagon number and 12T weight lettering reside to the far left-hand door while PalVan resides on the right-hand door, along with to the far right the XP, WB of 10’-00” and 8-11 UIC running number, which conformed to the above requirements of a wheelbase of ten ft or above in BR days.
Once the signwriting was completed I had the final tasks of adding small details like a white topcoat to the lamp brackets, fresh black gloss to the bottom end and buffers of each side, and finally fresh vacuum hoses.
After completing all the painting of the wagon, the final piece of the puzzle is to perform a fitness to run test with our CME Barrie Papworth and after a satisfactory test of the brakes and a few test runs the wagon was given the green light to enter traffic at the railway.
It’ll be used throughout 2022 and beyond for future freight demonstrations and photo charters along the picturesque Mendip hills of the Somerset & Dorset Railway.