Monday, 25 February 2019

Thursday - Lovely spring-like day

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.

Now well into rebuilding the Winchcombe platform trolley, Derek contemplates the heavy framework and ponders the next steps.

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.
Jeff worked on the Cotswold side north end door, initially doing the yellow lining out and then reattaching all the back panelling and window bars.

With the Cotswold side centre door now in place, Bob Keyte adds the top coat.

On to BCK 21092, but actually starting outside with Dave Hancox and Phil Salter "enjoying" the delights of cleaning up two toilet pans. These will replace the originals, both of which were found to be cracked. I refrained from putting the very obvious caption for this photo!

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!)

Report by Dave Clark




St Blazey 1925 said...

The platform trolleys do look the part now.
Shame about the flaking paint on the main rake. Just shows how necessary the carriage shed is.
Regards, Paul.

Terry said...

This may have been asked before, but I wondered why your painting all seems to be by hand and none done by spraying, or am I mistaken?

Alex said...

Blasphemer!! ;)

3 reasons that I can think of; that's how it was done originally, it's easier than masking everything up and all the safety stuff to do with spraying, and a spray finish tends to look a lot more flat than brush.

Paul & Marion Sucksmith said...

Alex, take pity on the youngster! He wasn't to know how things were done in the olden days!!! Terry this isn't the only the reason it is called a Heritage line!
Paul & Marion

The C and W Dept Blog of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway said...

Actually I suspect Alex is the 'youngster' in this conversation. Still at Uni!

He is right about the spraying the H&S involved isn't worth the effort and its not as much fun as the brush. Though from a Heritage view point they would never have countenanced tape for lining out!

Alex said...

You'd be surprised regarding tape Peter, see here: note at the beginning it says "This technique was described to us by an ex Derby works painter" and then goes on to talk about cellulose masking tape.