Another glorious sunny day with our usual Tuesday attendance.
On such a nice day, the roller shutters were up and those in the Barn could enjoy the lovely spring weather.
Bob Mac was back on the roof of the CK 16221 applying red oxide primer. A lot of the galvanised steel has worn away which left whole areas of rust.
Having recently free'd up the sticking Cotswold side guards door on BCK 21092 we found that the Malvern side one was also sticking though not as bad. Dennis once again sorted this out and is reapplying the relevant top coat.
In the Workshop Tony cleans up a window frame from the CK.
There was another concerted "attack" on the bodysides of BSK 34929, with Richard H and Keith on the Cotswold side and Ainsley on the Malvern side.. This is the frustrating part of preparation when the filling and sanding seemingly goes on and on. However Tony and I stayed late and we managed to complete the north part of the Cotswold side. It was very satisfying to be able to stick on a note to say that the greying up could begin on this section.
During the morning we had a visit from Richard Fairhurst and his daughter Jessica. Richard, one of our regular Tuesday gang, has recently had a knee operation but hopes to be back with us soon.
Having discovered on Saturday that the skirting in the toilet compartments in TSO 4986 had not been given a final top coat, it was with some relief that I found that the toilets had not yet been plumbed in. As such they were removed and Stu was able to add a coat of gloss black. He then went on to give further coats of silver Hammerite and varnish where needed in the south vestibule.
It was back to adding more top coat to the LNWR van for Maurice, with Stu later assisting. It had been suggested that the buffer beam and buffers should also been in grey so this was duly done at both ends. We did however decide to leave the sole bar as it was.
On such a lovely day, it had to be lunch outside in the station play area.
After lunch Dave Hancox was back in TSO 4867 sweeping up now that all the seating had been removed from the north compartment. Everything is now neatly stacked in the south compartment, ready to remove and store when the coach eventually comes in for restoration.
Both our Steam and Diesel Departments are delighted that they can now have four rakes of coaches to run in their respective Galas. With the two loan coaches from the NYMR and BCK 21092 soon to be ready, the 3rd Rake can be split and two temporary rakes of 5 and 6 coaches will be available. While SK 25488 is now running in the main rake (until TSO 4986 is ready), we need to get SK 24804 in a usable state. As such Richard Johnson, Dave Hancox and I had a good look inside 24804 to assess what needs to be done.
The first and most obvious is to replace the water-damaged back of the Cotswold side south door and surrounding panelling. One of the other doors also has a damaged back panel but isn't so obvious.
The luggage rack netting in some of the compartments needs repairing, and all the seating needs a good clean. Otherwise the coach looks pretty good inside. Externally the paintwork on 24804 is the better of the two coaches. There is a steam leak at the north end, which we may be able to sort out when the bogies are checked, but with the Gala at the end of May heating is unlikely to be needed.
Report by Dave Clark