Friday, 26 July 2019

Saturday - More Preparations

A busy day with more shunting and preparations for the forthcoming Diesel Gala.

Firstly some work on the lathe where John Squires is cleaning up some heavy metal bars.

Next into BSK 34929 where Steve is adding veneer panelling to the sides of the new passenger compartment.

Phil is installing the new LED lighting.

Moving along to the Toad brake van, Paul Ellis is carefully removing the old thick paint from the nuts on the roof beams.

This in turn gives Alan Squires a better chance of loosening them in preparation for the roof rebuilding. 

SO 4798 and the door problem is now well in hand as Craig test fits a new wood base of the door lock striker plate.

A close up of the base and plate.

Inside SK 24949 the repaired compartment floor and wall panel, ready for painting and varnishing respectively.

SK 24804, SK 24949 and BG 81039 have been coupled and are being given a vacuum brake test in preparation for the Diesel Gala over the weekend of 26-28 July. These three coaches and the two FKs from the north end of the 3rd Rake will form the temporary 4th Rake.

Lots of hard work done. Time for a rest for Dennis, Paul Wood and John Osborn. When the C&W Works is open to the public during our Galas, this is the viewing area for photographers in particular and these two seats are very popular.

Long term protection for unrestored coaches is well worth while as Dave and Bob apply red oxide and anti-corrosive primer to the sides of TSO 3960. A lot of tidying and clearing out has been done with this coach, although it will be years before 3960 enters the Workshop.

More tidying up with DMU 51405 wit some more painting in the door thresholds, especially where the plates have been raised. 51405 will be shunted out of the Works after the Diesel Gala. Actually having the unit still in the Paintshop has turned out to be perfect timing for our Gala visitors to see.


In the foreground are two new skirting strips, top coated in Rail Blue, to be fitted where there is new panelling in 51405's south compartment. .

At Winchcombe 6023, sporting the "Red Dragon" headboard and "A35" train identifier, waits for the off on its last northbound run of the day.

Report by Dave Clark

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