Update on restoration of GCR Barnum No.228

Repairs to Bogie // Credit GCR Rolling Stock Trust
Repairs to Bogie // Credit GCR Rolling Stock Trust

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The GCR Rolling Stock Trust has published the latest update on the restoration of their carriage ‘Barnum’ No.228.

Due to a leak from the lavatory/wash system, one of the bogies has suffered extensive corrosion damage.

Repair work is currently in progress at TAS Engineering Ltd based in Burton on Trent. The company will cut out wasted steel, form the replacement section and finally weld and bolt the new plate to the bogie.

The new spring locators will be machined by MEL Precision Ltd, also based in Burton on Trent.

Repairing the Bogie // Credit GCR Rolling Stock Trust
Repairing the Bogie // Credit GCR Rolling Stock Trust

About ‘Barnum’ No.288

Carriage No.288, built in 1910 at Dukinfield Manchester works, is one of four surviving carriages known as ‘Barnums’, due to their external appearance being influenced by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train carriages.

288 is a Third Class Open Saloon with a capacity of 64 people. Currently undergoing restoration at the Trust’s base at Ruddington on the Great Central Railway – Nottingham, 288 was purchased by the trust for restoration, with the carriage previously being used to grow tomatoes.

288 in 2018 // Credit GCR Rolling Stock Trust
288 in 2018 // Credit GCR Rolling Stock Trust

About the GCR Rolling Stock Trust

As the name suggests, the Trust was launched to preserve railway carriages and wagons built for and owned by the former Great Central Railway (1897 to 1922). Based at Ruddington on the Great Central Railway – Nottingham, all four ‘Barnum’ coaches are under the Trust’s care, with three owned directly by the Trust and forth loaned to them from the National Railway Museum. On top of these, the Trust owns several other coaches and wagons.

For more information or to support the GCR Rolling Stock Trust, please visit their website here.

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