While most people on the railway are focussed on either the Santa's or Broadway our focus is on the race trains for the Cheltenham festival meet in early March. That is the planned schedule for 4614 to go into service. The seats have already been sold; no pressure then. today Steve was continuing the trim work on the vestibule area of the carriage.
while Eddie is making the drinks shelf for the wheel chair area. He will also be making some specially sized removable tables for the area as well.
Dave, the newly elected Head of Department, Congratulations, was cleaning up the corridor connection end plate on the carriage prior to painting. Yes we know when its in the rake nobody can see it. However, it looks so much better while the carriage is awaiting shunting into position in the rake or if it gets put on the end of the rake. This carriage won't be on the end! There was also some adjustments to one of the door liners and capping strips in the hope of making a better fit..
Of course we are aware of other railway priorities. The test templates, made in softwood, to ensure we get the profile looking right for the ticket office window barrier is looking good. The final version will be in hardwood.
Not the next carriage but the one we are working on at the moment is BSK 34929. Here Ken is working on reinstalling the north end corridor connection. The wooden surround goes on first.
Alan stripping the old and tired varnish from a corridor door from the BSK.
Richard and Paul continued the floor building in the China Clay Wagon.
And various people were having fun rebuilding the mobile vacuum pump. The old ending is being replaced with an electric motor. The test proved very successful with a good vacuum created on the BSK. Some proper mountings will now be made for the motor. This will be a very useful asset as we will be able to test the carriages at will and not have to shunt things around to get the O3 in position.