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 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.