Every carriage entering the works comes with a mass of jobs to do.With every job you have to start somewhere. SomDave collected a large plank of timber and headed into the woodwork shop while Eddie, with some assistance re-organised the rest of the wood store ready for a new delivery.
One has to be clear this is a very different wood store from the one at the Loco department at Toddington. They chop there wood up and bung it on a fire. Something to do with making the kettle boil.
We on the other hand spend hours carefully crafting our supply into various components for the carriages.
Another set of
Trevor who is joining the door team and with assistance from Derrick soon had the steel skin off this door.
and started preparing to use one of those new sections to repair the frame.
Colin was busy making a completely new frame.
While Mike is waiting for another door skin to be returned He helped Ken out on this Ali door from 4986. The window glass has separated from the cradle support. So it was carefully extracted the window scissors were removed and cleaned and the glass glued and clamped back into its cradle. Next week when its all set we can reassemble it all.
Seats of course are another story. Easy? No. Especially when you get asked to replace the seats in an operational carriage. For that you have to have a spare set to switch with the old ones. Assembling a set the right size can be a challenge in its own right.
A single So seat frame stripped down and the springs all checked.
However, we could not find enough spare TSO double seats. So John Varley has been tasked with extending the TSO seat frames to SO width. That's add about 8 inches to the frame.
Dave waiting the arrival of the next one! He cuts some thin ply to act as a flat base for the foam pads we are starting to use. The old springs being the wrong size and probably not worth restoring anyway.
Jenny zooming ahead with the another seat cover. We will collect enough renewed seats to do a section of the carriage at a time. That's 4 bays.
This is a combined effort by the woodwork and upholstery teams. Strip the minimum amount of seat cover and padding to allow the legs to be re-glued and clamped. Before recovering the seat.
Tony was back today working his way along the slider windows in 4986. We try to remove them to clean the runners and repaint them.
Steve Smith completed the set of LED strip lights for the carriage. When Phil put the diffusers in this carriage back up we get a very interesting light display. Sadly not captured here.
Steve Barnfield was back to the reconstruction of the toilet walls. The frame work hidden by all the panelling it very intricate in places and takes a lot of work to fit round the various structural steel work.
While we are the steelwork of 4986 Ken and I concluded that this door pillar was not work saving being rotten at the top and most of the mid section. So Ken cut it out and welded in a complete new pillar.
Work on the DMU is progressing with a lot of internal sanding and prep work. So many doors. So many old labels to be removed.
The bogie overhaul continued in the barn with Bryan cleaning more dirt from the frame
while John was doing much the same to the axle boxes.