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Short BTK No.62565 is a worthy member of our collection, being a unique survivor. Unfortunately however, its status as a largely stripped brake vehicle (of which we have two others for the teak train) led it to be placed at the bottom of our priority list, and unlikely to receive attention for many years to come. RVP member, Tim Pryce, therefore approached the board earlier in 2004 about adopting this vehicle for restoration as his own project at his own speed (his work patterns preventing him from joining our regular volunteer parties). Agreement was reached to move it to the storage siding at Rothley in July 2004, and Tim has now commenced restoration work. Initially this is intended to make it watertight and presentable, with full restoration then continuing with a view to it being restored to full varnished teak at some point in the future. This is Tim's own diary of his progress and will be updated as the project proceeds.

23 June 2004 - filled BTK with ply off 9124 which was stored in 23981.

3rd July 04 - took panels off lower part of Leicester end. Frame found in good condition. Need to paint metal bracket in red lead oxide

East side interior 8th July 04 - 62565 moved to rothley shed with long BTK. Both currently on concrete. Pictures of the east side and interior.

Brakets Brackets 13th July 04 - took off all bottom panels on blood and custard side of coach. Cleaned and denailed ready for new panels. Body brackets in poor condition. Red lead oxide painted brackets at the top and repanelled leaving lower panels off.

21st July 04 - Both BTKs on far siding as agreed. Cleaned and sanded the first two window sections and painted them in grey under coat.

5th August 04 - Striped door furnishings off the first door and discovered that doors 2, 3, 4and 7 have no hinges and are nailed in place.

?6th August 04 - Cleaned down paint work and painted in grey primer most of the top panels of the coach.

23rd August 04 - very wet day cleaned out some space insiide the coach

7th September 04 - Had a look on the roof found it needed some more felt in places so rmoved the weather strip off the corridor side of the roof and the and the weather board as well new ones have been orderd

8th September 04 - Patched up the felt on roof and started painting the roof with rubberised paint

16th September 04 - Continued patching and painting both sides of the roof

24th September 04 - Started to clean out the toilet end of the coach by bagging up the horse hair

Toilet area11th October 04 - Continued to bag the horse hair and found the coach floor! The ceiling in the toilet area is half down and the roof looks good.
Panelling26th October 04 - Finished panelling the Leicester end of the coach ready for painting.
Pink coach2nd December 04 - A Pink Coach!

29th November 04 -started painting the corridor side in undercoat

2nd December 04 - finished painting the undercoat on new wood and started to remove any brocken or redundant parts on the underframe ready for cleaning and red lead oxide

17th January 05 - work continues on underframe cleaning off excess metal and dirt removing old wiring as I go

Underframe26th January 05 - painting of the cleaned under frame in red lead oxide - you can see the improvement already

2nd February 05 - started to remove old foot boards and snapped brackets from sole bar ready for needle gunning in March

10th February 05 - removed old bolts that held the vacuum pipe on the frame and replaced them with new ones ready for the pipe coming off for needel gunning

18th February 05 - made the coach ready for move to the concrete

Underframe3rd March 05 - painted underframe in grey undercoat

5th March 05 - started needle gunning sole bar

7th March 05 - continued needle gunning sole bar

23rd March 05 - continued needle gunning sole bar

Grey undercoat18th April 05 - one side needle gunned and painted in grey undercoat
Underframe15th June 05 - Picture of work on the underframe needlegunning nearing completion.
Metalwork7th Feb 2006 - Despite the long interval in reports work has continued. This has concentrated on the manufacture of the mounting brackets for the battery box - which has had to be constructed from new. The metal work for this is now in place as the picture shows.