Thursday, 9 May 2019

Tuesday - At last!

Just ten in attendance with more holidays being taken. 

Why at last? I think the photo says it all. The two trolleys are on their way to Broadway, with very grateful thanks to Stu Hamilton (on the right) for assisting with the Lineside Drainage Team truck (which can seat four people and the driver) and the use of their ramps. They could only take one trolley at a time so had to do two round trips, but Derek Clark (on the left) must feel very pleased to know that they have a good home after all his hard work.

Another at last is the completion of TSO 4986 which is due to be shunted out the next day. It will go on to the jack road to have the bogies checked, after which it will join the main rake. The photo shows the rebuilt north vestibule with the lino now sealed.

The LNWR van is progressing very well. Maurice is applying the sealant paint to the roof canvas. The edges still have to be stuck down with the roofing adhesive but this didn't stop Maurice doing almost the whole roof.

We already had a supply of painted battens in the Paintshop, which Maurice repainted in the van's top coat grey. 

You always get a winning smile from Cheryl as she takes a break from lightly sanding the latest coating of undercoat grey on the Malvern side of BK 34929.
Tony's first job was tidying up the new rubber seals in the emergency window from CK 16221.

He later assisted John Hamer with a number of jobs on the bogies under SK 24804. John works on one of the rear coiled springs on the south end bogie.

John Hughes (in the photo) and Richard Hoy worked on two of the compartment ceilings inside 24804, John adding top coat to his.

I cleared out the replaced luggage racks and then had a good sweep through to remove all the rubbish following the refurbishment work so far done.

At some stage we will see about re-netting them!

Dave Hancox paints the new beading strips on the south vestibule ceiling in BCK 21092.

Unrestored TSO 4869 receives a coating of light grey undercoat from Dave to improve its appearance. Currently this is not in the immediate list for restoration, but it will be done one day.

Report by Dave Clark


Peter Fisher said...


Thanks once again for your informative and interesting blog. I am curious about one thing - why do you not use electric sanders on the carriages?

Powli Wilson said...

MMM.. Interesting to hear the answer, I find that once painting (of anything) has started eletric sanders are too fierce and can do much damage in a very short time.

Dave Clark said...

Hi Peter,

We do use electric and air sanders, but it depends on what you are doing. As suggested in the following comment, sanders are too fierce when lightly sanding say undercoat prior to top coating. Sanders really come into their own when initially sanding down old paintwork at the beginning of a restoration.

In the past I have known their use to be avoided when the volunteer has arthritic hands. The noise and excessive dust (even with dust bags attached) are another reason.

When using filler it is simply a matter of preference. I particularly like hand sanding as it is quiet, not so dusty, and you can judge just how far to go much more easily. I am certainly not alone with others of the painting team also preferring this.

Being in charge of C&W's painting, I am very fussy when it comes to complete sanding of filler - it should be mirror smooth with no edges to show through the subsequent layers of paint. Finishing off particularly seems to be better by hand, especially after a quick final rub over with say 240 paper and after which it becomes almost impossible to feel where the filling ends. We mainly use 80 and 120.


Paul Wilson said...

This reply is music to my ears. The finish after a couple of undercoats and top coats, lightly sanded to remove imperfections, I always describe as being "like Glass, or milk". And an old pro' I spoke to years ago (used to be at BBC Pebble Mill) reckoned he used to hang doors from the ceiling and paint them from below so that (hopefully) no dust would settle on the half dry paint!


Powli Wilson

Peter Fisher said...

Thanks for the explanation - makes sense, and highlights how much work and dedication go into making your rolling stock as good as it is (but don't tell my wife or she will expect the same perfect finish on our paint jobs).