The final months have been a busy few with the finishing touches being applied which included the laying of new carpet, new lino and fitting of the tables by Clive Warneford. The installation and certification of the Stills boiler, pressurising and testing the refrigeration systems and installation of shore supply inlet sockets. The vehicle has been thoroughly cleaned and we once again have a fully functioning catering vehicle, capable of “stand alone” operation, or use as part of either the Belle or Countryman dining trains. It has a fully carpeted lounge (Wilton), 22 loose chairs (re-upholstered with “Southdown” moquette which cost in excess of £2000) and tables with 24v DC lamps. It is a “free form” vehicle capable of meeting the railway's commercial needs.
The future is now very bright. The dirty and uncared for vehicle at Wolverton works has finally become the star.