Report by Dave Clark
A very busy day for C&W, which included a very early start to cater for the annual safety wire inspection in all three of the Works buildings. This gave us the chance to extract BSOT 9000 and bring the blue DMU power car back in for completion.
Temporarily stabled next to the new Platform 1 extension, refurbished BSOT 9000 looks spendid. The "T" by the way stands for "Trolley". hence "Brake Second (or Standard) Open Trolley" as the coach is fitted with a micro buffet.
Also needed was the swap over of the Discovery and Santa coaches in Platform 1 Bay. This of course meant shunting all the spare bogies which also occupied the Workshop/Barn siding.
Another requirement was to extract the Model Railway TPO coach which is to have its bogies exchanged.
With so much to do and with a lack of space, it's quite a job getting the Chocolate and Cream rake back in one piece, not helped by a problem separating two coaches in the rake. So more shunting is scheduled for Saturday.
The Maroon rake had also been brought down from Toddington. One of the outstanding jobs, being done by Dave Hancox and Stu Howarth, was to remove the old First Class Supplement stickers from the compartment doors in FK 13326 (the other FKs having been dealt with already). New stickers will be applied, simply inviting passengers to make a donation for the use of a first class compartment.
Our maintenance team were also checking the functioning of the Maroon rake after the winter shutdown. This included checking that this toilet flushed properly!
With the blue power car W51360 back in the Paintshop, internal work resumed. Stu Howarth (pictured)
and Bob Keyte lightly sanded the initial coat of varnish that had been put on the internal window frames two months ago. Bob then revarnished these.
The blind box from the DMU's driving compartment was extracted and given a top coat by Jeff.
Other painting comprised Bob giving a final top coat of Olive Drab to the doors from the wartime van, and Dave Hancox applying brown undercoat two the notice board destined for Cheltenham Racecourse Station.
In the Workshop John Varley cleans up a welded repair to another door skin from the BSK 34929.
Inside 25451 Pat is securing the wooden base plate to one of the repaired windows on the Malvern side of the coach. Note the new drainage hole and attached pipe on the left to take away condensation.
Ron and Alan had already moved on to remove the next window pane. We are removing and reseating all the windows as the sealant round the Windows has badly perished.
Tony Baker is busy cleaning up the previous pane extracted.
Pete sands down the inside edges of one of the door frames. It is very important to keep paint thickness to a reasonable level and thus prevent doors sticking after the new paint has been applied.
On the Malvern side Tony Barnard sands down around one of the removed and remixed window frames. The sanding, filling, and greying up process on a coach body often goes through several iterations before we are satisfied that it is good enough for final painting.
In the Barn Malcolm applies more Flint Grey top coat to the roof of FO 3132.
Another 22 sheets of plyboard are delivered. We are certainly getting through this with repanelling taking place in both the blue DMU car and SK 25451.
I got a couple of pictures from Thursday for the blog. All the seat frames are now back in the unit
and fit out is just waiting for some wood trims to be completed and varnished. Hopefully more of the seats will be usable by the start of running next week.
Now where is the sun bed?