Thursday, 13 December 2012

Thursday December 13th

I left home with the temperature at -2c and after a check round the other 12 who ventured to C&W today the winner was Roger Wicker who left home with the temperature at -6c.

Winchcombe was registering -2c when I arrive so as one would expect there was little work done in the barn.

However, John Hamer and Ken Reeves did venture to the platform to check on the steam heating system on the main rake. We had the opportunity due to a special private event running today.

The result was that while not solving either of the known problems progress has been made. John has now isolated a short section of pipe that is preventing the steam reaching one of the radiators in the RBr.

He has also done further study of the central distribution control on another carriage. The carriage does warm up but only very slowly, not good this weather, despite there clearly being plenty of steam available.

As an experiment and after comparison with a similar control on another carriage a small wedge has been put in place the see if that makes a difference. We must wait until Saturday to see the result and decide what to do next.

The other steam heating issue was the leak seen last Saturday on the maroon rake. The O ring replacement although needed was not the solution. John eventually tracked the issue down to a rusted and ruptured drip value. Fortunately it was easy to replace and today Ken and I stripped the value down to the component parts and rebuilt the value. This will now go back into the store ready for use another time.

The picture shows the value before we repaired it. the hole is the dark vertical slash. Its around 2 inches long and developed in about 24 hours. Given another 24 it would probably have fallen off as the metal was very thin right round the tube at that point. It was not visible before because the original jacket that was fitted over these valves was still in place hiding the issue.

Dave relished a quiet day on the prep and painting side spending almost the whole day sanding and filling undistracted.

John Osborn completed another door entrance bottom plate replacement and then completed the studs  at the paint shop end of CK 16195.

Robin had the delicate job of cleaning up the 50 year old plastic grills that cover the air vents at the end of the carriage. These can be very brittle so have to be handled with care.

John Hughes was busy fitting various sections of wood trim to door 1W, at least I think it was 1W,

while Roger Wicker and Cheryl Newman were variously engaged in sanding and painting the interior of CK 16195.

Back in the workshop John, Ken and I also tackled various doors. door 4S was removed from the CK and after the panelling was removed I duly serviced the lock and refitted it. We also fitted two wood blocks and secured the bottom of the window runners that were both loose.

Ken working on the value

Micheal was again busy rubbing down some more of the wood trim while Paul and Dennis were involved with running maintenance issues and supplying the rest of us with some hot tea on a very cold day. Thanks we needed it.


Anonymous said...

I'm one of the team from Broadway that has been recovering the bricks from your old mess building for our reuse.

I want to thank you for allowing us to use your RBr for our breaks, which gave us the chance to warm up a bit and also meet some of your great & friendly team.

Your bricks will help us to rebuild Broadway that bit quicker, so many thanks.

Please visit us at Broadway on a Wednesday or Saturday, to view our progress, you will be very welcome.

Once again, great to meet your team and thanks for your hospitality.


SWrural said...

Great report,as always. Just one comment, unless it is at my end, all your instances of the word 'valve' come out on the blog as 'value'.

Is it possible someone has switched the two keys on your keyboard? Of course, the spelling checker will not signal it, as both are valid words. Do have a look.

Ken said...


Spell Checker! Peter use a Spell Checker?

From some of the reports on here, those are of the least noticeable errors.

On least on this one, he managed a photograph that shows that I still have some hair.

The C and W Dept Blog of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway said...

I write most of the reports on my iPad which uses predictive text and some of the words it comes up with are amazing.

Plus I was a maths geek and computer nerd. Spelling was never my strong point.
Anyway it gives you a challenge to work out what's going on.