Duke of Edinburgh’s Award volunteering on CCT 94630

We continue our series of 94630 updates with a guest post from Samuel, who is volunteering with the LMSCA to contribute to his achievements as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Hello. My name is Samuel, and I’m 15 years old. I am taking part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s award, the first level of the world’s leading youth achievement award, through the Peak District Shambles Explorer Scout group. As part of this award, you must spend three to six months volunteering. A lot of my friends decided to work at charity shops, or as young leaders for younger sections of our scout group. I decided I wanted to do something a little different, and the LMSCA seemed a great place to go. I am working on the eight doors of the covered carriage truck (CCT) †, as this will give me a chance to work on both my mechanical and woodwork skills, areas I would like to develop for the future. I hope to post regular updates on what I’ve been getting on with, as I get things done. So far, I have labelled all the doors, and have begun work on door B, removing all the wood panels from the inside of the door. By the end of my 6 months, I hope to have renovated all 8 doors to a usable condition for people getting in and out of the carriage.

94630 door

94630 door before stripping down

94630 door

94630 door before stripping down

94630 door

94630’s door after removal of planking and other fittings

† Editor’s note: Although the CCT may be more commonly known as a covered carriage truck, the LMS often referred to this type of vehicle as a covered combination truck.

2 comments to Duke of Edinburgh’s Award volunteering on CCT 94630

  • Alan

    Doing a great job Samuel. 🙂

  • Excellent Samuel! I did my own DofE volunteering section with the Scottish Railway Preservation Society at their old Falkirk base … over 30 years ago! It is great that you have a focused project, mine did not and I suspect you will get a great deal of satisfaction when you have a finished project to point to.

    I did get a great deal out of my volunteering though, indeed I’m still restoring old carriages and railcars, just in Sweden these days!

    Good luck with your project and best regards from Stockholm, George!