Friday, 15 December 2017

Thursday - The new arrival

21 in today, with the Thursday gang back in full swing in the Workshop now the new lighting is installed. And a late arrival for the new arrival.

Pat and Tony were certainly in full swing, with quite a large number of those internal window frames from BSK 34929 sanded, stained and varnished by the end of the day.

Phil was checking the junction box electrics on the coach.

While Ken Austen was continuing his work, welding in new plating and then cleaning up the welds at the north end of the BSK.

At the south end Rex cuts out more corroded sheet metal along the vertical lines of the crash pillars marking the corridor entrance.
John Hamer carefully cuts out some thin metal sheet with the tin snips, before producing a tiny roll which he will use as a temporary fix for the steam leak under SK 25451 in the Maroon rake.
Into the Paintshop and TSO 4614, which is coming on in leaps and bounds. Ken reattached one of the main grab handles at the south end of the coach.
Bryan replaced the last capping strip at the south end Malvern side door entrance.
Also at the south end, while John Hughes cleans up and adds sealant inside the corridor connection, Dave Hancox adds Dark Grey undercoat to the Cotswold side end panel.
Malcolm went round the coach putting on new door steps where needed.
You think it's fine and ready to tape up. Wrong! A closer inspection and the Light Grey base coat is doing its job and revealing yet more places for Richard to fill.
And who is that familiar face standing next to Cheryl? Alex makes a very welcome return from his first term at Sheffield University. The pair did an excellent job with the undercoat Madder on the two main sections of the Cotswold side.

Sometime ago we were donated a number of rolls of belt sandpaper, but unfortunately they lay forgotten under the trestles. Rediscovery led to a quick trial, and yes, it's good hardwearing stuff to add to our normal supply. Dave Hancox produces a nice load of handy-sized pieces. The trestles have been somewhat down-sized to enable TSO 4614 to be rolled down to cater for the extra large size of the LMS Guards van and gives us a bit more room to move.
The stranger in the camp doing the vacuuming was none other than Robert Wells, who was very eager to help out with something and while away the time. Both he and Dave Hancox were anxiously awaiting the arrival of SK 24006 which they have jointly purchased from the Chasewater Railway. It should have appeared about 9.30 but problems with the lorry meant a late afternoon arrival.
I'm not sure what was happening here, but while outside I caught the 03 hauling some of our goods train. We must repaint that shunter next year!
Relief, it's arrived safely! SK 24006 is the oldest BR Mark 1 SK in existence and almost certainly the oldest Mark 1 of any type capable of still running. It was built on 1951, Lot number 30002, Diagram 146, and was the seventh in a huge first batch of 180 coaches built at Derby.
Remarkably all were completed by December 1951. They were originally classed as Third, therefore TK, but reclassified in May 1956, when Third Class was abolished. It was withdrawn from service by BR in 1983 from Bristol and was then the oldest Mark 1 in service on the main line. Whilst the coach will undergo a complete overhaul, it is remarkably complete internally, even including the original style light fittings. It will be given a quick protective paint and then await its turn in the restoration queue (Information provided by Dave Hancox).

Safely unloaded, the coach sits in the Barn awaiting removal to the sidings the next day.


Report by Dave Clark


Wednesday - Round pegs in square holes

The title of today blog doesn't refer to these two likely lads! Geoff and Colin were presented with the their certificates for training on the wood work machines

Colin was soon back at work on the double saloon doors for 4614 while Geoff went of to fit and fasten the last door liner.

Mike was hard at it making another panel for the lining of door 2 from 4614.

Now here is the round peg and the 2 square holes. Rod was fitting the locking bar bracket on one of the double doors. The bolt being a coach bolt has a square locking position hidden under the round head.

With the other capping strips having been fitted recently Trevor was giving them a coat pf grey undercoat.

The other bulk job still to be done on 4614 is the tables. Ed is well under way putting new top surfaces on the tables so today Bryan and Gerry set about cleaning up the metal edging strips. Its a lot of elbow grease and wire wool. but they completed the entire set well done.

Not so much square pegs in round holes for Ken but the fiddle of correcting the assemble of the steam pipe values. Hidden way inside is a small toggle bar which is difficult to position and easily drops out of position while you assemble it.

With 4614 moving into the paint shop and the electrical installers moving onto to the barn. The BSK has temporarily come into the workshop. So it was a good opportunity to crack on with the south end crash pillar and sole bar repairs. on the far side Rex was preparing sections while on the near side Nick followed on welding the sections into position.

We then had an interruption from S&T in urgent need for some adjustment to a length of signal rodding and a point rod. Nick soon had them done so the work at Broadway can continue!

David took up the undercoating of the LMS brake van today.

while John Varley made some adjustments to the feet of the tall welding screens We found the old design caused some issues when we were moving and storing the screens.

Out were it was cold the electrical contractors started installing the channel for the new light fittings.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Saturday - steam test

With the Santa trains turning at the North Pole it was an opportune time for us to 'borrow' one of the locos to da a steam test. We connected up three carriages and waited only for the loco to fail. Fortunately some expert work by the crew they resolved the issue and came down as soon as they could which benefited us as they had a long wait for their train to return.

The test done, and some issues identified for us to sort out,  they off to connect up and away to Cheltenham.

Building Services returned to complete the concreting of the floor in the barn. They had completed the job by launch and a great job they have done. Thanks guys!

Also dealing with floors were Steve assisting Richard Stone with some flats for the floor of the China Clay Wagon. Once cut it was painted with a preservative

before being moved into position and screwed down.

Paul kept up the painting.

The upholstery team are have a little diversion at the moment; working on a set of seats for the diesel department. Penny was cutting strips of leather cloth for the beading.

Jenny was sewing the beading

and John fitting it. One seat almost done.

#Dave on the other hand kept going with the dismantling of worn out seats

Inside the LMS guards van Derick was completing the fitting of the external planking which is screwed through from the inside planks joining the inner and outer walls together.

He was also sizing the beading to secure the glass.

On 4614 the external work is now getting into full swing. George filling and sanding the north end.

while Steve was completing the trim beading around door 5.

Ken braved the cold longer than most marking up the north end of the BSK to fit new woods for the corridor connection to go back on.

with them marked up it was into the warm for drilling.

Andy and Andy were fitting steam hoses to 4614.

After some investigation 2 of the problems identified during the steam test were these cut off values. They have a small pressure release vent but the assembly is tricky and frequently ends up working the wrong way round. Releasing when it should seal and vice-versa. so the next task is to dismantle the valves and rebuild them with the mechanism correctly assembled.

Pam, as a snowman, seen at Toddington much for welding in C&W then. I also don't remember that being the uniform for shop assistance either.
 Have fun , they are!

Friday, 8 December 2017

Thursday Welcome back!

Another busy day with some limited working in the Workshop while the new lighting is being installed and the old lights being taken down. We had a nice surprise when one of our distant members returned for a day.

One of the jobs undertaken today was clearing out the new GUV, which is now tucked away out of the view of our travelling public - although public trains don't resume running until Boxing day, we still have the DMU passing on school Santa Specials.
While out in the yard, a chance of an atmospheric shot of the refurbished BG from the Malvern side.


At the end of the Barn Ken was cleaning up a number of the metal strips from corridor connections.

Later on he was marking out the positions of the hardwood
connection base plates on the north end of BSK 34929.

With no power in the Workshop, the electricians were connecting up the lights, we needed some lengthy extension leads. Tony and Pat were cleaning up yet more veneer strips from the BSK.


Cleaned, stained and re-varnished parts of internal window framing from the BSK.

Moving into the Paintshop to find Bob undercoating the previously primed sections of ceiling in TSO 4614's new vestibule.

Welcome back Ron! It was great to see Ron Woodruff back with us from his new home in Arundel, Sussex. Ron will be doing two sessions as Santa, so took the opportunity to join us for a day.

Meanwhile the exterior work continued with Martin greying up half of the north end of 4614.


At the south end of the Malvern side Richard found plenty of bits to fill and sand.


There has been a lot of filler applied to the north end of the coach. Phil does some general smoothing to improved these areas even more.


Dave Hancox sands out a rough bit on the new internal door base. The nearby door step was later removed - note the sunken hole in the wood surrounding the bolt. which is always a telltale sign that the wood is rotting and the bolt probably no more than a rusting skeleton of its original self. A few hefty bangs on the underside with a lump hammer soon confirmed this and a new step will be fitted in due course.


John Hamer and Gerry Bonnar went up to Toddington to sort out the north end water leak problem on FO 3132 "Mary". The leak emanated from two redundant outlet stub pipes - a hose between the two has sorted this out. The damaged ceiling was put back, and just needed two new beading strips to complete the temporary repair. Bob quickly undercoated and later top coated the strips ready for our Maintenance team to put up the next day.


Report by Dave Clark