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Restoration Service

With over 30 years experience in all associated trades and skilled engineering we are able to repair or restore almost any item of 'Railwayana' or similar antiques.

Here is a list of the scope of items we can restore;

BLOCK SIGNALLING INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING ALL BRASS FITTINGS AND WOOD REPAIRS

CAST IRON SIGNS AND SIGNALBOX NAMEPLATES

CAST ALLY WORKS AND LOCO NAMEPLATES

REPAIR AND PAINTING OF TOTEMS

SINGLE LINE KEY TOKEN RE-ENDING AND REPAIRS

FRENCH POLISHING

WE CAN MACHINE ALMOST ANY PART YOU REQUIRE

PATTERN MAKING AND CASTINGS SUPPLIED

METAL POLISHING

 

Services range from woodworking and French polishing of all types of instrument case, to machining replacement replica brass or steel fittings.

We can also offer welding of cast iron, aluminium works plates and locomotive nameplates.

Brazing/Silver soldering of brass or bronze works plates and nameplates.

A full pattern making and casting service is available and a full in-house brass and bronze polishing facility.

Your damaged or 'tired' items can be restored to full splendour, this not only enhances the look but significantly increasing their value.

We offer a full alloy or bronze key token re-ending and restoration service. Included in this section you will see a selection of before and after projects with some step-by-step images.

No job too big or small - please call  to discuss your requirements. We have to-date restored numerous plates and signs for private collectors and top 'Railwayana' auction houses.

This plate (shown below) was purchased from DB Schenker collection and sold at Crewe Railwayana auctions in 2015. The plate had been badly removed from the locomotive and was broken in three places.

We purchased the plate with the intention of a full comprehensive restoration to its original condition. This was one of the most difficult projects to date. The sign was badly bent, twisted and fractured in numerous places, some parts were missing and this resulted in having to make patterns for casting replacement pieces.

Once the plate had been straightened new pieces were welded in.

Final filling and cutting back in preparation for painting was required, although the majority of original paint remained untouched.

NAMEPLATE RESTORATION

Ex nameplate class 56078 -Before

 

 

 

Further pictures at bottom of page.

Cast iron smoke box number plate from BR standard class locomotive No 73166. This plate was presented to us with a large corner section missing.

The customers specification was that the plate was not to be re-painted as it was in 'ex loco' condition. This is always particularly challenging as weathering tecniques and mixing of the necessary hues is required

Firstly a wooden pattern of the missing piece is produced and casting is then obtained.

This was then welded using manual arc method with 99% nickel electrodes. Once welding was completed the surface was prepared, painted and weathered, - customer was delighted.

Finished picture below.

This plate has received similar restoration as the previous plate although the casting is curved on the back to suit smoke box door radius - so slightly more involved. Painting and weathering tecniques were used as for the previous plate. Once again customer was highly delighted.

Smoke box plate 63453

Please see further pictures below.

INSTRUMENT RESTORATION

I this section you will see just some of the hundreds of block instruments I have restored over the last 25 years. I can rebuild any instrument from a full cleaning service to a total rebuild including wood case repairs , brass work , french polishing , dial repainting and manufacture of missing parts.

This GWR mushroom block bell was sent in by a customer wanting a full restoration.................

 

 

Ex nameplate class 56078 -Before
Ex nameplate class 56078 -The damage
Ex nameplate class 56078 -Restored
Smoke box plate 73166
Smoke box plate 73166
Smoke box plate 73166
Smoke box plate 63453
Smoke box plate 63453

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