Back to more normal Tuesday numbers with nine in attendance, and we only had a few spots of rain.
P & O was back but
now facing south and looking very impressive as the train approached the
Richard Stone was back
under the BR guards van applying oxide to more of the cleaned up underframe.
Then it was back to the
Barn to clean up some more removed parts.
showed me the vacuum pipe that had been removed on Saturday by John Squires,
our pipework specialist. The pipe was too close to the underside of the van to
be able to be checked or worked on properly so removal was easier.
looking sound in the photo, closer inspection may show that it will be better
to replace the whole thing as shown by the piece in Richard's hand.
John Hamer has continued his
inspection of green TSO 4968, currently on the non-jack road in the Barn, and
has made two plates to seal around the water tank breather pipe on the roof.
Richard Johnson had
brought in some table tops for TSO 4614 on Monday, and while there had applied
the external transfers to 51363 now that all the main top coating has been
finished. Just some lining out remains to be done.
The aim today was to
get the internal compartments ready for painting. Initially Maurice and Stu
cleaned up the removed aluminium beading.
All the dust
sheets were carefully removed and given a good shake by Keith and myself
outside, and the interior given a thorough vacuuming
The internal cab door needed to
be removed to enable us to get at the area underneath. After taking down the
pelmet and unscrewing the door brackets, Bob and Keith found that the only way
was by removing the runner as well. Still this will enable us to give that a
good clean as well.
Ainsley spent the day
in the guards/luggage compartment adding more silver grey top coat.
Two of the many step
boards on 51363 were loose and well worn. These had previously been removed by
Pam on Sunday before the Diesel Gala visitors arrived. Bob set about replacing
both with new boards (we have a handy selection of various sizes all made up
After the lengthy
vacuuming session inside the passenger compartments Maurice and Stu had
re-covered all the seats with the old sheets, blankets and curtains. My final
job of the day was to add a final cover of polythene - the last thing we want
is white or cream paint getting through on to the new upholstery when the ceiling
panels and windows are done.
Report by Dave Clark