Colin definitely appreciated the extra light as he was fitting new fire doors to the paintshop entrance.
These have vision panels (glass) so we won't clatter whoever stand s behind them. This is fairly common because as soon as people enter the paintshop they tend to stop dead and look around.
Another unusual bit of carpentry today was Eddie construction a new bookshelf for Winchcombe station entrance hall.
Eddie also produced a set of skirting boards for SK 25451. These were primed and undercoated.
More of the unexpected. The Toddington Signal box door now painted in undercoat brown ... and upside down. I did think about turn the picture upside down to see if anybody noticed.
While we are on doors Paul and Mike were progressing the last 2 doors for FO3132. Yep this is door 6. The north end Cotswold side door.
Having a quiet day in upholstery Dave Dron stripped three more seat backs and a base from TSO 4614. All stacked up ready for recovering. I fitted 3 of the remaining 4 seatbacks back into 25451.
Nick started the day with a bit more work on the rail car finishing the north corner. There is still a bit to do in the end panel
but he switched to the more important south end of TSO 4614 once I had completed cutting out the end body side
The welder seemed brighter than usual. a it was very gloomy in the barn and this is a section oh heavy weld so the power was turned up a bit more than usual. (great care was taken by me NOT to be personally in eyesight line of the welding!!
Job done, with two new sections of crash pillar in place and a new section of base plate and Z section on the corner. This now ready for the end panelling to be welded back in at the week-end.
Thomas, with his blindfold on, was getting ready for a mystery tour to his next engagement.
In the centre vestibule of FO 3132 Tony Barnard continued the removal of the old varnish. Treavor was doing the same to some of the interior panelling sections.
All the removed section were carefully labelled and stored on the new storage racks.
Final documentation of the doors on 25451 was carried out by Derrick before he removed all the hinge bolts from door 5 of TSO 4614.
Ken removed the door and started stripping it down. This along with most of the other doors from the carriage will need quite a lot of welding repairs.
We did suffer a vacuum pipe failure on the running rake today with the maroon set being put into service instead. Ken went to investigate the situation at Toddington but it was more serious than any quick repair could deal with so the carriage will have to come out of service for a full repair to be carried out.
We do very much more thorough repairs these days. When I cut out the corner of 4614 I found this repair to the panel.
Yes that really is the bottom of a Diet Coke can backing the fiberglass filler.
The day stamp was still on the bottom use by May 2013 I guess someone did. The owner can reclaim the remains of the can from C&W, we won't be reusing it.