Sunday, 15 October 2017

Thursday - Home straight

It's Thursday again, so no surprise at having 22 attending and scattered throughout the Works.

Starting off with Robin enjoying his penultimate week with us before departing for Cornwall. Now who's going to do all those essential Thursday painting and varnishing jobs piled up on the trestles?

The quick refurb of TSO 4763 is now on the home straight. Cheryl second top coated the whole of the bottom brown section on the Cotswold side.

Phil Jones completed the north end of the roof, and overall it now looks a treat.

Bob Keyte almost completed all the interior ceiling top coating - just one vestibule to do!
Richard, and later Phil Jones, completed the Malvern side windows, which just leaves the main brown panel to finish this side.
Finally, towards the end of the day Richard removed the tape on the Cotswold side as the paint had dried. Lining out will start next week.

In the Workshop Derek was gently tapping bolts into the pre-drilled holes to secure the Malvern side ducket on the LMS guards van.

Two for one, with Tony cleaning up window sliders from TSO 4986, while Malcolm was cleaning a bogie spring hanger.

Inside TSO 4614 Alan was back at the windows sorting out the drain pipes for this one. In this case he was removing an old bolt which had dropped down into the pipe sometime in the past and never removed.
In the Barn, Rob Cory was removing some stubborn bolts from the south corridor end of BSK 34929.

Inside the corridor Tony was gently warming some newly applied window sealant which helps it spread and bed down more easily. While outside Pat was applying sealant to the outside of the frame.

Also inside the coach Bob Slater had removed ceiling panelling that was warped and coming apart.

Malcolm enjoying the fresh air while using the Underframe Black on the cleaned up bogies.

Finally a well worthwhile job being done by Dave Hancox to seal up parts of CK 7221. Hopefully it won't be too long before we can return to restoring this coach.

Report by Dave Clark

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Tuesday - Mainly painting

We had eleven in with just about everyone working on TSO 4763 as the coach is needed for the end of October.

The one exception was Vivien still working on the seats for the weighbridge office.

On the 4763 with Cheryl painting the first top coat along the lower brown section of the Malvern side, while Ainsley began the second top coat along the top section.

More second top coating was done on the Cotswold side with Adrian doing the top brown section and Stu doing that side of the roof.

Maurice top coated the remaining part of the roof between the channels at the north end. A second top coat of this will complete the roof.

Later on Adrian and Richard began the windows on the Cotswold side. We are making excellent progress with the exterior painting.

On to the inside with John Hughes undercoating the south vestibule ceiling. Dennis (not photographed) completed the ceiling undercoating in the south compartments.

Keith looked after the north vestibule, and then gave the corridor end door another coat of paint.

Then there is the sole bar to do. We are not doing any underframe painting with this coach, especially as the bogies are due to be swapped anyway.

Report by Dave Clark

Monday - I don't really think this one, the 8 minute ride on the Conwy Valley Railway at Betws-Y-Coed  should count but the quarter scale 'Britannia' was worth a close look as was the nearby Swallow Falls.

Tuesday -  Started with a trip on the Snowden Mountain line

we suffered Reggie Perrin's train fate - Sheep on the line

and the view at the top wasn't much either!

back at the base and over the road the Llanberris line along the lake and to the Slate Museum was rather more pleasant.

Saturday - Gala Weeklend

I have been away on holiday in north Wales. A sort of  a train tour of 6 steam and 2 diesel narrow gauge lines along with a couple of 'standard' size lines thrown in. So I am as keen as you are to see what has been going on at C&W.

It was the Autumn Diesel Gala this weekend

and C&W was open to visitors as usual, though with limited access on Saturday as we were working. Over the weekend we received some very nice compliments, not just about our work in C&W, but for the Railway in general.

In the Paintshop, a quick job before anyone arrived with Paul Ellis cutting off seized nuts from the side of the china clay wagon.

On the other side of the wagon Richard Stone removed the vacuum cylinder bracket.

Later on Paul was painting the underframe.

In the Workshop Ian worked on the vacuum cylinder for the wagon.
before a general tidy up of this part of the Workshop. Those little pallets are ideal for these as you definitely need a pump trolley to move them around.

Not much going on with TSO 4763 today, though Paul Wood had found a better toilet seat for one of the two compartments.

In the Woodwork shop Steve is making up new internal corner sections for the enlarged vestibule in TSO 4614. we kept one of the originals as a template.

Chris worked on the liner for the centre door on the Malvern side of the coach.

Phil reinstates one of the cleaned up light fittings in 4614. It's nice to have these lovely fittings back 4763 as well, instead of the fluorescent tubes.

John Squires and James were sorting out what needed to come off the metalwork on the north end Malvern side doorway of BSK 34929.

While across the Barn on the Jack road Ken tightens up the nuts holding the pipework under TSO 4986.

Arrgh! It's that big needle again!! John and Dave in turn feeding it through the latest seat under reconstruction.

Report by Dave Clark

Me, I was riding the Ffestiniog lines Victorian gala on Saturday
and the Welsh Highland line on Sunday.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Thursday - Glorious

Another gloriously sunny day, very pleasant for outdoor work and enabling lunch up once again on the station platform. It was a good Thursday turn out with about 18 attending.

Although our regular Thursday services have now finished for the year, a "Fire-and-Drive" was running so we were not deprived of a train throughout the day. Now who is that sitting on Platform 2?

One of them is Paul, enjoying the lovely sunny weather while giving the Model Railway coach a clean. After taking the photo I was very much tempted to join him! Looking down the yard I could see Dennis Richards, also enjoying the nice day while watering up the 3rd Rake ready for the Autumn Diesel Gala in two days time.

After sharing the sunny platform seat with Paul, Phil returns to TSO 4614 to install more of the side lights.

 More bits for 4614 were being given coats of varnish by Robin. All the seating for the coach is in the covered mound behind.

In the Barn Ken Austin was back at the Cheltenham Station fencing with more of the spears to straighten. Not photographed but busy nearby, were Ken Reeves and John Hamer working on more of the steam heating pipework under TSO 4986.

Having missed Pat last week I was determined to photo him this time. Joined by Tony, who was back from holiday, they are cleaning up another window frame in BSK 34929. I later saw Pat carefully carrying the pane through the Workshop.

In the Woodwork shop Derek is sorting out the good from the bad with the various corner pieces from the LMS Guards Van.

Back to TSO 4763 in the Paintshop and Alan is fitting the replacement sections of window frame in the Malvern side toilet compartment. Mirrors can be very handy when trying to get a good picture in a cramped space!

Also inside the coach was Bob Keyte completing the ceiling top coat in

Busy with more top coating was Cheryl, who completed the first coat on the lower brown section along the whole of the Cotswold side of the coach. While on the Malvern side Martin gently sands the undercoated lower section, while in the background Richard begins the second top coat on the side of the roof - this was was also completed.

Phil Jones completes the second top coat on the centre section of the roof. This just leaves the Cotswold roof and the north end around the tank filler pipes - we're nearly there with the roof. All these completions mean we are a long way towards getting 4763 ready for the end of the month, if not before.

Another glimpse of the lovely day up on Platform 2 and a credit to the FOWS gardiners, one of whom is Vivien who when not working in our Upholstery shop is busy making the station look so good. 

Report by Dave Clark