With a lovely spring-like day it was hard to believe that we are still in fact in winter, especially with the very fickle month of March rapidly approaching. It was bliss for anyone working outside, and unexpectedly more of us had the opportunity to do just that. A half empty mid-day Mess Room meant a number of us enjoying lunch in the sun.
Where better to start than with an excellent job completed. Mark Young's rebuilt trolleys stand outside the Works awaiting collection. One will be signed over to the Railway, the other will be retained by Mark, but loaned for display.
Into the Paintshop and TSO 4986 progress. Although with taped up lines and part undercoated, Richard Hoy decided that more filler was needed on the centre section of the Malvern side south door.
Job done, and what a smart toilet compartment this is turning out to be with the nice new paintwork and lino, and cleaned and repainted furnishings. Bob Keyte had earlier coated the window frame with fresh varnish.
In one of the compartments Alan was fixing more internal window framing.
Phil Jones repairs the paintwork on the Cotswold side guards door. We had to do a bit of work on the frame and sides as the door was sticking. It now works perfectly and just needs a bit more painting to complete the job.
Bryan measures out another piece of shutter ply ready for reflooring the corridor in BSK 34929.
With 34929 up on the jacks, Nick had another survey of the top hat cross-spars under the corridor and found some more corroded ones. As such John Varley was busy creating more pre-cut sections of the square box tube ready for Nick to weld in.
Nick assesses the result of his welding-in of one of the box tube sections underneath the existing top hat spar.
Further along Rob checks the next section to be treated.
In the new seating area, preparation for the new wall panelling continues as Pat and Tony fit more wood batons.
Just the place to be on such a lovely day. Malcolm tackles more of the problem areas on the Cotswold side of FK 13329. Behind is the Cotswold escarpment itself
After some shunting to get the main rake back in its correct order, with carmine and cream SK 25488 now added, it was discovered that the latter had a vac cylinder problem.
So there was little else that we could do other than drop the existing cylinder down and replace it with a serviced one.
To do this the 03 pulls the coach over the crossing to provide a level surface for the pump trolley. The cylinder might come off relatively easily, but putting one back is definitely awkward to say the least, and eventually required the removal of the DA valve before it could be fitted correctly.
A number of us had an unexpected spell in the sun when Richard Hoy said he had noticed flaking paint and filler on the Cotswold side of FO 3132 "Mary". After the initial groans of "Oh no!", we set to with new filler, very carefully applied and sanded flat, and then fresh top coat applied in descending stages i.e. first the cream, then the black and yellow of the lining out, and finally the brown. The end result was pretty good and should last until the coach is repainted.
In a posed picture as the job was now finished, Paul and Dennis had been doing more cleaning on the side of the main rake. With its partial repaint and clean, SK 25488 is now looking quite presentable and makes a fine addition to the rake, which is due back in Toddington the next day. It is being replaced by the Maroon rake.Despite all the hard work restocking the rake's RBr, Christine Johnson (Head of Railway Catering Services) always remains cheerful and smiling. (that's not one of our platform trolleys!)