It was a bitterly cold day - at 09:00 the temperature was still -6C in the station car park. Paul, Dennis and Peter Fisher were there when I arrived. Paul had made the tea, but he had to get water from the sink in the Gents as all the supplies to the Mess Room and Workshop were frozen up.
Richard arrived soon after as we had more shunting to do to continue our long run of carriage bogie swapping. We had 11 in attendance, with visits from Bernard Dudfield and Barry Cordell (MD Riviera Trains).
Shunting was central to the plan for the day starting with a lift of SK 25341 on the Jacks, remove the bogies and park them on the back sidings and replace them with the spare B1 bogies currently outside the bar. SK 25341 would then be moved to the pit road, and the new RBr 1672 moved on to the Jacks. The RBr would be lifted to allow access to the replacement bogie (that had been put there last week to replace the defective one), and work could begin to clean and lubricate it. When completed, the coach would be lowered to enable all the brake gear to be connected - much of this would be taken from the original defective bogie. That was the plan until the 04 shutter needed to moved!
The first job was to start and warm up the 03 shunter.
The battery charger was needed to get things going.
Then moving the 04 shunter proved to be a problem.
Bob Mac and Richard laugh as the 03 initially struggles to pull out the heavy 04, with wheels slipping on the icy rail. There is a slight hump in the track out of the Barn, but some sand on the rail did the trick.
Bob Mac looks on as the bogies from under SK 25431 are hauled out of the Barn.
As Bob Mac checks that the wheel chocs have been removed, Richard attempts to connect the special link to the bogie.
At this point the air supply to the 03's gear box packed up and all shunting came to a most unwelcome halt.
Lunch was taken.
The shunter apparently appreciated the break because on a retry after lunch everything was working again. With shunting able to be resumed the planned moves were completed with the RBr now in the Barn.
Richard and John Cruxon (from the Loco Dept) looked on as Bob Mac begins removing the various bits of brake rigging from the RBr's defective bogie. By now, the temperature was dropping and it was becoming decidedly chilly to say the least. (Like it was ever warm!)
Other work continued throughout the day.
In the Upholstery coach, it was also somewhat chilly. John Hill had a heater providing some warmth, but a makeshift curtain drawn across the entrance to the little workshop very much improved things, as did the light in the photo which he said was very useful for warming the hands! John in the process of fitting new moquette to one of the large seat backs from the CK.
A close up of the seat's newly-covered arms.
Dennis continues his good work overhauling all the communication cord equipment on our coaching sets.
The chocolate and cream coach set has now been completed.
Grenville completes his work to remove old Formica and sand clean the tables from the RBr 1672. He then started to clean up the insides of SO 4790's windows.
Martin completed the sanding down of the varnished panels inside SO 4790. He then began cleaning up the three covers that will be used to go over the steam heating pipes in the new wheelchair area. He completed the job by painting them silver-grey.
Under the watchful eye of grandfather John, apprentice Ben uses the plasma cutter to create a new section of panel for 4790.
Following on from last Wednesday's Blog, the curved top hat rail that had been giving problems on the west end rebuild of 4790 was replaced. Having welded the new rail it in place, and re-attached the door hinge placements, Peter cleans up the welds. Fingers crossed we have the positioning exact.
Steve Barnfield making some new table legs for the "Brighton Belle" motor coach, owned by Russ Smith.
It's a great pleasure to be able to help Russ complete the refurbishment of his coach, especially after all the help he has given the GWSR with ferrying between Toddington and Winchcombe, and with the trips to the GCR and SVR for the Landslip Appeal special events. Russ never charges for the use of his coach donating everything he receives towards the Landslip appeal.
As well as continuing with the internal work inside the new RBr, Paul began extracting some of the kitchen equipment from the existing RBr 1675 ready for cleaning prior to the new season.
Dave continued cleaning up the new bogie under the RBr until it was shunted into the Barn in between taking all the pictures for the blog.
He later gave a tour of the Workshop to a large party from the Dean Forest Railway (the DMU
Overall, it was a very interesting day, with a lot achieved despite the cold weather and hiccups with the two shunters.