Richard was again doing battle with more planking for the China Clay Wagon. This must be about the last few planks! He and Paul are onto the two side doors and sometime was spent today measuring up for a new canvass cover to go on it.
Derrick fitted the securing bolts for the LMS brake van doors. We can't actually run it as passenger carrying vehicle as we had hoped. The ORR apparently insists that it must be vacuumed braked for that despite being a brake vehicle itself. Has any other heritage railway fitted a brake cylinder to one of these before we start inventing the wheel again?
Having proved all the guides now slide smoothly up and down it was back to one of the axle boxes today to check out the roller bearing and the greasing of it. On this one the grease nipple seems to be in an unusual place. So it is better check it out. You can'y just lift a cover off these things its another small hoist job.
With the cover out of the way and bearing fully exposed all seems to be well. Everything works and its all well greased.
with the cover back on the wheel set re-installed its just down to refitting the keeps before this bogie is ready for service.
Steve was back working on the intricacies of the panelling supports at the end of 4986. A lot of hidden work here.
Also hidden is much of the welders efforts. Ken Austin and I agreed to replace the badly rusted door lock pillar at the north end of the carriage on Thursday. This is the new pillar in place Ken having done a grand job.
and even started on the new section of exterior skin as well. Today James progressed the job and completed another section on the end while John Osborn did some more skin replacement on the Malvern side.
Penny had the big upholstery bench to herself today so was able to spread the cloth out, mark it uo and cut it out in peace
That is except for the hammering sawing etc Hubby Dave was making on another bench while preparing a base frame.
Janes with his new welding mask that Joh had just brought in! i think he was pleased.
John Squires kept well out of it working on the battery box repairs.
Such was the drain on C&W numbers that Dave was left all alone in the paintshop. Still it did mean he got to do some painting.