Monday, 7 August 2017

Saturday Day

Today was the scheduled day for training a new group of roof painters. With the new group now certified in the use of the high wire safety system and harness we can now share the task around.

It hard on the knees when you get on top of a carriage unless you adopt Bob Mac's approach and sit down. The training is good timing as the roof of TSO 4986 is in need of scrapping, priming and painting (2 coats).

Pipe work is also high on the agenda. John Squires set about making up some new sections of pipework for the guards van in the yard.

Its a bit of a walk to test fit the new pipe. Ok in the sunshine
However, some one left the windows open on 4986 which had been temporarily shunted out side when it started to rain! Paul heading out to shut the windows. The Broadway blog mentioned getting the edge of some rain, we got the main event!

Fortunately, for some, the shunt was already complete. The team were able to swap 4 vacuum cylinders and when the rain stopped the reverse shunt was done returning the TSO 4986 to the barn road.

Another odd job. We definitely don't use this sort of lamp in the carriages. Apparently some mounting brackets are required for, we presume, the Tim Mitchell building. One for the welding team then, the lamp being a sample to get the bracket size right.

Another of the debates that happen when you are all volunteers. What colour shall we use for the table tops in 4614 then? We have far more opinions than represented by this colour chart!

Progress on 4614 is reaching a number of milestones. John Osborn cutting the last section of new metal for the body skin

while Steve was completing the new panel work in the main saloon. Along with the windows and first set of window trims and all the door hinges being completed last week that's some major landmarks reached.

So BSK 34929 is getting more attention now. Ken removes the toilet window as the Z section steel work supporting the frame needs attention.

After the water test Phil Salter is now working on repairs to the cisterns from the carriage. A complete overhaul of these tanks is becoming our standard regardless of leaks.

Also reaching the end of works being carried out is the DMU. Phil Jones applying the top coat of white paint to the ceiling.

while Ainsley is still finding some finishing work to do in the guards area.

and finally some firm standing in the south end veranda of the LMS Guards Van in the workshop. Most of the bolts are now also in place on the Malvern side planking.


St Blazey 1925 said...

With 4986 out in the wet it almost calls for a quick rendition of 'Mc Arthur park'!! Glad to see that the weather did not discourage the workforce. On BR, when we came across corroded metal, we used to say, 'It has a bad case of steel worm'. In some cases, looking at the carriages BEFORE you have them nice and shiny, I could agree. Regard, Paul.

Alistair Kewish said...

I cannot express my admiration too much as to the long hours of dedication being put in before any rail vehicle can be released into traffic.
When the K and East Sussex let me loose on one of their carriages at Tenterden I always sat down to paint the roof. No pains in the knees afterwards. The work was varied so we got the opportunity to lay track,roll out tarmac and do further paint jobs in the Norwegian 2-6-0.

I can say honestly that it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Alistair Kewish ( ex BR Signalman etc)

HowardGWR said...

I would love to know how some of your volunteers got their skills -with you or beforehand? Perhaps an article for your in house journal. Let us know on the blog if that issue is ever available perhaps.

The C and W Dept Blog of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway said...

Where do we get the skills? The main trades tend to be careers carried on into volunteering and retirement. Then there are a large group who used to do these jobs or things akin to them before getting promoted away to management. In retirement they love to get back to actually 'doing' again. There are a lot who have practical skills and have gained experience through the likes of car restoration etc. The final group are those who want to do something practical and that will give a sense of satisfaction. Something we all get when another carriage is rolled out.

We have ex Br rolling stock engineers. Structural, mechanical and electrical and bearing engineers. We have painters, carpenters, chippies, welders and sheet metal workers. We have experience gained over 30 years of C&W on the railway and passed on by other railways.

We are also fortunate to have copies of or access to a number of old BR documents that relate to the Mk1 carriages. The original specification and how to service and maintain schedules.

Above all we have a willingness to share our skills and train others.

Alistair Kewish said...

I am all the more impressed by the compilation of multi skilled chaps and ladies all working on their own particular specialist areas?

In my case re the Askam project I had to learn up very quickly if I was to get anything done in a rather restricted time scale.
Because of this, my skills if they can be called such are all of the self-taught variety.
Joinery and making good were my top priorities. I soon discovered the basics and the effectiveness of dowels. Much more rewarding than falling back on screws.
Then I found an old door handle thrown away under a floor in the Waiting Room.
This was rescued and brought back into use.
I cannot express nor overplay the pleasure in seeing steam age artefacts being re- used cleaned up and restored to practical use. The people at the GSWR must feel the same way or they would not elect to volunteer in the first place.
This is something not far off a revival and continuation of skills.
Well done to you all!