With 18 signed in on a sunny day we were always in for an interesting day. Thus it proved to be with the door team getting to grips with the remaining doors of CK 16195. Panelling was refitted
and windows and door locks were serviced, greased checked.
Then it was a case of refitting the door. With John Hill in attendance, he designed it, the new door mounting gantry was put to use. It proved to be very effective lowering the door gentle into place.
It will need some painting of hazard warning lines on the base. It was quickly named 'Geoff's Gibbet' and suggestion of who will be the first person to be hung from it have already been made. The gantry has been bought from the bequest Geoff Gore made to the department. Everybody agreed he would be well pleased with it.
We were pleased to welcome back Dave and Penny Dron. Dave set about cleaning the old covering from the last unrestored seat back from CK 16195.
While Penny measured up and cut the new moquette for the seat. Dave Hill finished trimming another of the armrests just the three in front him to go for this carriage.
John Hughes who has recently joined the upholstery team was fitting a new base to one of the two seats to be refitted to one of the carriages in the Elegant Excursion rake. This needed completion today as the seats are being collected to tomorrow to be taken elsewhere for upholstery. They are not being done by us.
This afternoon there was a delivery of two new, well second hand but new to us, pieces of woodworking machinery. Fully serviced and at a very good price they will add another dimension to our restoration capabilities and efficiency.
Pete Fisher completed the new lock bar for the MICA Van. He just has to make the locking handle and we have worked out how to do that.
Here you can see the new bar in place and a hole in the side of the van where Steve has cut out bad wood. By the end of the day Malcolm had fitted the new pieces Steve had made.
Malcolm spent the day making new inserts to fill the other holes where rotten wood had already been removed.
So what of the rest of the 'everyday' work of the department. Rod Wells continued with the maroon top coat on CK16195.
He was also checking up on the results of a new tape we have been trying out to mask the lining with.
While Russ Smith was busy with staining and varnishing some of the interior wood work.
Maurice Norman was also busy staining sections of panelling.
Tony Shilman tried out the new welder by fitting the new bottom section of a crash pillar and re plating the body over the pillar. He was well pleased with the welder.
Me, I started the day by assessing, with Eddie Paddon, the wood sections needed to sort out the problems with 13329 where more rotten wood was found in the corridor. I found one piece and Eddie cut and trimmed the other bits needed.
and I painted various things sealing the new piece's Eddie had cut, giving a coat of black to the locking bar and all the wood blocks I undercoated on Saturday along with the foot board for the Queen Mary Guards Van.
A good day with lots done.