With the diesel gala in full swing and a number of our volunteers thus directed to stewarding duties the C&W active numbers were down.
However, there was still a wide range of things happening; not necessarily where you might expect like the meeting under the guards van. here Richard, Paul and John Squires debate what to do about the vacuum pipe. Well sometimes if you can see what you are talking about its easier to decide. Thus it was in this case as agreement was made as to where to cut the pipe for extraction and examination purposes.
It was a good decision as the pipe was successfully removed then easily assessed and cleaned.
There was more assessment of TSO 4986 with Clive checking all around the window corners for possible holes. We will soon have a clear picture of what work will have to be done.
The roof showed rather more for concern with the both breather pipes having a surround of rust and holes
James was hoping to weld in a new section of top hat on the north end of BSK 34929 today. It was soon apparent that the adjacent wood work was in such bad condition the angle grinder was in danger of igniting it. Steve was called in to remove the offending woodwork giving James a clear area to work in.
Seeing the adjacent door pillar we also decided to remove the door. Yes not much pillar left!
The door was soon stripped down by Ken and myself ready for Derek from the door team to clean up the components ready for restoration.
We left John and James to sweep up the remains of both the wood and the door pillar.
Having removed the vacuum pipe one of the blanking brackets was also removed and Kevin was soon at work removing the surface rust
While Dave was building up a seat base
The DMU carriage was getting admiring comments as people realised why the running set had one blue and 2 green cars. Pam and Ainsley were busy on the interior of the guards area.
4614 was not neglected either. Steve replaced the panelling at the north end of the saloon area and agreed the positioning of the floor support top hats for the vestibule area. We are putting some extra support for the wheel chairs. I was investigating the door 2 hinge mountings. Hopefully a trial hang of the door on Wednesday.