More like the usual Thursday with 22 attending. Not so many photos though, and apologies to those I missed out, as I was very busy with getting as much as possible completed on DMU 51363 in time for Saturday's shunt. As such most of the photos are of the DMU.
Firstly, hearty congratulations to Alex on gaining an A* and two A passes in his A-Levels. As such he will be leaving us in September to begin a 5-year degree course in dentistry. He still hopes to be able to attend C&W and also do a TTI turn when occasion permits.
[A previously unpublished photo taken on 25th July when we were lining out the DMU].
In the Workshop Ken Austen is grinding the new welds in the new vestibule of TSO 4614.
Derek was back in the LMS van sorting out some of the internal cab fittings. In the foreground are some new spars that had just been cut by Steve Barnfield.
Now the final main blitz to get as much as possible completed on the DMU before Saturday. The first job was to remove all the protective seat covering. With all that new upholstery we certainly used a lot!
It was then a big vacuum around with the Henrys keeping Richard and Jim busy for a while - hope Upholstery don't mind us using their Henry as well as the Paintshop one!
In the cab Steve filled in the gap by the wiper motor with some new ply board and then fitted the new section of window frame.
In the background Richard is painting the main instrument section before moving on to the various bits within the cab (lots of pretty colours!). In the main passenger compartment Jim and Bob carefully tape up either side of the seat frames, before VERY carefully painting them. Only the main visible bits have been done but just doing this has made a huge difference, and not a drop of paint touch the moquette! Taking out all the seats and then refitting them would have taken far too long, and we simply don't have the time.
Dave Hancox improves all the connections at the north end, and then completed the south end that had been started the day before.
Many other jobs were done such as a final blacking of the steps, refitting the Guards compartment seating, reloading all the bits stored in the luggage area, etc, etc, etc. We are almost there, just leaving a few internal bits which can be done when the unit has been shunted out on Saturday.
Report by Dave Clark