Thursday, 25 March 2010

Lower deck stripped for restoration

We have now started work on the next stage of the build programme for RTW335. The lower deck has been cleared and stripped with all ceiling panels and fittings removed.

It is intended to now concentrate on getting the lower deck to the same stage as the upper deck, which will include all timber replacement, rewiring of saloon lighting, new stress panels and a new floor.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Great progress on upper deck

The basic re-assembly of the timber and steel stress panels on the upper deck of RTW335 has made great progress this week as seen in the accompanying photograph. The next stages for the upper deck would be refitting mouldings and window cappings - but it is more likely that we will now start stripping the lower deck to get it to the same stage before the detailed finishing work commences.

Because RTW335 was devoid of much original interior detail when it arrived at the Busworks, we really need another RTW to refer to. Sister vehicle RTW467 is earmarked to make the journey north to Blackpool during the Spring allowing us to extensively photograph the bus and apply this to the restoration of RTW335.

Thursday, 18 March 2010


Work has now started on replacing the framework timbers on RTW335 as shown in the picture opposite. New between-deck stress panels are also being fitted to complete the basic assembly of the upper deck.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

We are hitting the ceiling with RTW335!

Yes, we really are hitting the ceiling with RTW335 this week. New ceiling panels, already covered with primer and a first coat of gloss have been fitted. Also fitted following paint stripping are the aluminium coving panels, refitted now that rewiring of the upper deck saloon ceiling has been completed.

Machined timber, based on the originals used as templates, is now on hand and will allow further re-assembly of the upper deck over the next few weeks.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Factory finish for aluminium pressed panels

Another batch of aluminium pressed panels has returned from a commercial metal paint stripper after dipping in a bath that removes all paint but leaves the metal with its as-new factory finish. Included in this latest batch are the destination screen panels and the characteristic RT-style panel below the driver's windscreen (illustrated). Just another piece of the RTW jigsaw!