Nineteen in attendance on a very wet day, but the outdoor jobs carried on regardless. We are getting there with our pre-Gala preparations.
It's always good to watch the first train of the day. In the pouring rain "P & O" rounds the curve with the main rake, and the consolation with wet weather is that steam trains always look great.
It was buckeye examination day for the 3rd Rake. Bob Slater approaches the 03 to give Phil some more instructions. The rake is gradually pulled apart to allow the examination of each coupling. Rain or sun, this essential work is carried on regardless.
The team from the Works have taken on this extra maintenance role and in so doing are considerably helping our full time team who unfortunately are now down in numbers.
Paul was busy inside TSO 4986, here ensuring that this door security lock is homing fully.
A further tidying up job in 4986 with Bob Keyte adding silver Hammerite to the table securing brackets where needed.
Moving quietly round the end of 4986 I managed to capture Phil, without the usual grinning gestures, as he waits the next move instruction from the buckeye inspection team.
It's too wet to paint, but the rain is a help when cleaning the green mould off the windows and body side. Dave has another go at tidying up TSO 4869 to make it a bit more presentable to our passengers as they pass through the yard on the main line.
John Hamer's notes on SK 24804 following final underframe checks after the quick shake-down run up the yard and back.
On to progress with CK 16221. Having taped up the area of corroded panelling underneath the toilet window, Rex begins cutting it out.
With the removed section clamped on top of new sheet metal, John Varley can cut out the exact shape.
The new section is then clamped in place to check all is well before welding it in place.
With a coating of red oxide another job is completed ready for the window to go back in.
Inside 16221 Derek was removing the old inner wood framing around the windows on the Malvern side.
With DMU 51405 back in the fold we lost no time is getting on with the remaining jobs to get this completed and back out to replace the blue DMU. Rob and Martin got cracking on removing all the stored seats from the south compartment, where a large part of the remaining work is located. New lino will also be laid in this compartment.
Rob then vacuumed the floor throughout the whole of 51405.
The Indoor Gang got cracking on the prepared interior panelling to replace all that removed as part of the extensive metalwork repairs.
Alan and Pat were sorting out one of the window frames in the north compartment. Several windows in this part of 51405 had water damaged frames.
Plenty of jobs elsewhere too, with Martin adding oxide to some chipped out bubbles that were spotted on the south end either side of the corridor connection. I later filled and sanded these ready for repainting.
The left hand side of the connection door frame had been damaged which meant removal of the edging strip. Martin nails home the replacement length of wood. Some sealant was added to complete the job. This is now ready for repainting.
With very commendable patience Jeff cleaned up every door stop on both sides of 51405, removing any dirt and bits of paint. Well done Jeff!
Finally catching up with some trestle painting, Bob black glosses the reverse sides of the new corridor connection wood plates and gives the ends of the electrical connectors a second coat. With the 3rd Rake coach separation completed to provide access for the buckeye inspection team, Phil takes a break from the 03 to add green primer to the cleaned up covers for the electrical connectors.
Report by Dave Clark