Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Wednesday 19th

Another beautiful day for mid October and we had 21 willing volunteers on parade.

As I arrived the centre door of 7221 was being closely studied by Geoff Gore and John Groom. A quick question revealed the reluctance of the centre hinge bolt to let go so that the door could be taken into the workshop for restoration work. All the normal method of freeing the bolt, WD40 and large hammer and then a larger hammer, had thus far failed.

I left them to it when reinforcements with a 3' long section of solid wood appeared, some leverage had arrived.

In the workshop the wood work team were hard at it. Another interior door frame being overhauled and repaired.

For the RBr

Mike Blakeman was busy making a new door window trim.

While Dave Ward was making a new draw for the kitchen area, one had been missing but not anymore.

Hiding quietly round the back on the wall side Russ Smith was keeping the painting going with another section of the Black Line.

On 4790

John Hamer was tackling one of the centre doors, removing the trim strip down the side so that the door frame edge could be removed to repair or replace the frame section beneath. It transpires it will need replacing. So the edge section was completely remove to give adequate access.

Tony Skilham was filling and tidying the edge of the removed window prior to reinstalling the glass.

I added a coat of primer to a large section of the other side.

Out of sight in the upholstery carriage,

OK I know it looks like a Post Office Van but its REALLY an upholstery carriage.


Penny Dron was working on the armrests for the seats of 7221.

While John Hill and Penny's husband Dave were putting new cloth of the seat backs. 

They really do look good. A great job.

It just needs the rest of us to get the coach looking as good. 

Mentioning the rest of the carriage remember that door?

Well the lever worked, the bolt lost and the door is now well on the way to being stripped down.

Aluminium doors are great but using steel screws isn't so clever as they inevitable seize up and are very difficult to remove.


Out in the yard working in the sunshine on the Maroon rake was Steve Smith. He was busy fitting and adjusting the new charging control units. These are temperature compensated to ensure even in cold weather there is enough charge in the batteries.

Thanks Steve, we all like the lights to work when the train enters the tunnel.


Anonymous said...


If the Aluminium doors/steel screws issue is being caused by galvanic corrosion, then try using a zinc-chromate primer paint on the screws and wet install them into the door. Make sure the edges of the screw heads are coated. It works on planes!

Dave P

The C and W Dept Blog of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway said...

Thanks. Thats great for putting them back, but most of these doors probably haven't been touched for at least 20 years! or maybe since BR last did anything to the carriage.