One urgent job that did need doing was the removal of SO 4798 from the front of the 3rd Rake. The coach was placed on the pit road.
The reason? There was a problem with the lock on Door 3, which when examined was in need of attention. With the coach now available of our side of the yard, the Door Team will have far better access to resolve the problem.
For Bob Keyte it was back to ceiling painting in SK 24804. Only two compartments have been done so far, but with all the other repairs, this is turning into a very nice coach, and ideal for the 4th Rake and as a substitute when coaches from the three rakes are withdrawn for repairs and repainting.
Across the Barn and CK 16221, where Bob Mac was extracting the old electric heaters.
Back from holiday it was business as usual for Ken, continuing the rebuild at the south end of the coach.
Bryan has an interesting little job, repairing the locks for the emergency window in 16221.
Also in the Barn was Derek, making yet more wheelset stands.
In the Paintshop Dave Hancox is priming more cleaned-up steps.
Anyone who has painted intricate metal garden gates will empathise with this job! The large grid in particular will take some manhandling by the Lineside Drainage Team when they come to transport it to its final location.
The guards desk from BSK 34929 returns to the Paintshop for its final coat. Phil chats to Pat on the way.
The one side of the desk was somewhat broken at the base. A bracing piece was cut and screwed in, making a strong repair.
The second top coat could now go on.
On to DMU 51405 with Richard Hoy painting a square of the Exec Light Gey to cover up some part broken and badly tarnished Formica.
Pat was makling repairs to the top of the south end doorway.
Tony was fixing the panel to the back of this door.
Rob was preparing a new panel for the back of the neighboring doorway
The south compartment now looking a lot better with the new panelling and corridor door back in place.
The loose seat backs and cushions are also going back in this view towards the cab. Still a reasonable amount to do, but we feel we are at last getting there.
After checking that the toilets at the north end of SK 25488 in the main rake were ok, we took the opportunity to enjoy a bit of station ambience.
Turning round provides a very satisfying view of the station and our Works.
Report by Dave Clark