Be­hind the scenes at ‘Pil­ton East’

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Chris Leigh vis­ited the Lyn­ton & Barn­sta­ple Rail­way’s Es­sex work­shops – dubbed ‘Pil­ton East’ – where it re­con­structs its coaches us­ing orig­i­nal ma­te­ri­als. Cur­rently in the works is Com­pos­ite No. 5. The body and in­ter­nal fit­tings are con­structed in Es­sex and fit­ted on to the chas­sis and un­der­frame, sup­plied by the Ffes­tin­iog Rail­way’s Bos­ton Lodge works. The next project is the restora­tion of brake van No. 23. This ve­hi­cle was dis­cov­ered in a field near Barn­sta­ple in the early 1990s. It was cos­met­i­cally re­stored in the Bris­tol area and went on dis­play at Woody Bay. How­ever, its body has de­te­ri­o­rated and its wooden un­der­frame is in bad shape. This will be re­placed with a new frame made out of metal, which will en­able Van No. 23 to re­turn to work­ing or­der.

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