A very busy day with more like the normal number in for a Thursday, and of course the pre-Gala treat to look forward to.
With the 4th Rake and the Caley tank scheduled for an early run, we were out en-masse to watch its arrival. Prior to that there were a few things to sort out on the rake, including a loose door pull on FK 13329 which John Hamer fixed. The rake's electrics were a bit awry when connected up but this is only a temporary arrangement for the Gala. John chats with the train crew and the Guard.
Having collected the rake, the train sets off for Toddington where it is replacing the DMU for the day.
Returning to the Paintshop after all the excitement with Richard undercoating the second ceiling section destined for the Discovery Coach (not the DMU 51405 as I originally thought in Tuesday's report).
Inside 51405 Bob Slater is drilling holes in the replacement framework ready for reconnecting the end of the communication cord.
Bob and Tony Baker cleaning up the hand receptacles for the cord prior to reinstating them.
Tony and Bob very carefully marking out a piece of laminate for 51405. After that comes the very careful cutting with a saw - it can so easily be spoilt.
In the north compartment Pat and Alan are similarly measuring up with another piece to fit above the window behind them.
Into the Barn and CK 16221 where Rob, with help from Derek inside, is trying to lever the window away from the bodyside. No surprise that all the screws and rivets came out except the obstinate little group on the right hand side. The angle grinder was brought into play and soon sorted that little problem.
With the window removed Rob cuts away the corroded metal panel at the base of the window void.
Back to the previous window that can now be refitted.
Tony Barnard finishing off another beautifully cleaned up window frame.
Having prepared and welded in a new section of sheet metal at the south end of 16221, Ken cleans up the weld. Progress on the CK has been quite amazing and certainly makes up for the delay in getting on with its restoration.
You have no doubt guessed we were waiting for the DMU-replacement to appear, and what a splendid sight! The Caley tank is a most welcome Gala visitor, and it's good to see SK 24804 (the second of the two NYMR loan coaches) running. And who was on this train waving as it passed by? Yes, it was our Alex again, supposedly revising for his exams - well, so he says, the big cheeky grin looked too much like enjoyment!
With little painting to do at the moment until 34929 is ready and/or the DMU is finished and we can get a 3rd Rake coach in for a repaint, the painting team work has temporarily moved into the former Quainton Road coach TSO 4867. The ceiling is in quite a state and will take some cleaning up before we can repaint it. Bob uses "wet-and-dry", which proved to be relatively successful in removing the crumbly old paint. He later tested the result with a coat of white undercoat and the result was better than expected.
Richard was using standard paper. The state of the ceiling can easily be seen. Although not yet scheduled in the restoration queue, early preparation like this will save a lot of time when the coach does come in.
Dave Hancox had been cleaning and coating rusted areas on 4867 to help prevent further corrosion.
A quick shunt took place to get the demo freight train into position ready for Saturday.
Report by Dave Clark