Sunday, 29 January 2012

Saturday - 28th January

(Dave loves it when I'm not in he gets to do the pictures. Thanks for a great set for Saturday.).

Had a good and enjoyable day yesterday running about taking the pictures and hopefully I managed to get some quite interesting ones.

The first thing we did was tidy up the mezzanine above to workshop to make room for the six door skins that had arrived from the West Somerset Railway earlier in the week. We had purchased these on our visit there in October last year. Grenville wipes over the new door skins prior to storage ready for use.

Peter Fisher using the special distance spacer prior to positioning one of the upright top-hat bars

and once welded, he proceeded to fit the cross-bar spacers.

The now structurally and cosmetically sound second corner. A new side panel and the corners done.

(Two to go).

Eddie Paddon brought in the special hardened glass for the internal sliding doors to go at the entrance to the new disabled passenger section in SO 4790

The doors took another step forward when Chris Taylor fitted the glass. Nice job.

Meanwhile his daughter Nicky (one of our young apprentices) made a mallet - her arm rests on the wooden block that will be the new mallet head.

Ben (the other young apprentice) assisting John Osborne, his grandad, with bending sheet metal using the heavy press. The long orange bar is one of the tools made by John when we first acquired the press.

Elsewhere :-
The Upholstery team are continuing to work on the second class seating for CK 7221.

John Hill lays a new pre-cut section of foam padding on an arm rest.

In the fore ground the parts of two seat arms - the right hand one requires a new wood insert, which Steve Barnfield was in the process of making for John.
A close-up of the new foam padding, while in the foreground on another arm, John is in the process of wrapping a length of material prior to being recovered in moquette. The circular pivot can be seen clearly on both arms.

Steve Barnfield in the process of making the new wooden insert for John

The seat back from which came the two swivel arms. The shaped stuffing clearly shows.

Another opportunity to see the scale of the task. We need 8 thickly padded seats (First Class) and 6 standard padding seats (Second Class) for the CK.

One of the most important jobs for this Saturday was to find a good bogie to replace the faulty one under our newly-refurbished RBr 1672. With the head shunt left clear thanks to the good work put in by Neil Carr at the end of the running season, we had space to do a little shunting.

Richard Johnson casts his eyes over the good bogie on the RBr - the one to be replaced is at the far end. Nice paintwork- the new painting team should feel very proud of their efforts!

Andy Thompson guiding Phil Salter on the 03 shunter as the (hopefully) donor RBr is slowly hauled out of the siding.

With that phase of shunting complete where are we shunting the RBr? Phil and Andy discuss the next move.

This turned out to be shunting the RBr further back to get the donor RBr out over the engine pit. We have discovered that it is quiet useful for us to get at the underside of the carriage bogies, necessary to remove the lock pins from the bogies. They can be difficult to remove laying on your back.

A comment on Sunday from Richard:- Apparently one pin came out fairly easily but the other was a struggle. It was a good job we had the pit. If we had had to do it lying underneath we would still be there today (Sunday).

Thanks to the engine lads for digging and building the pit, they need it while the Loco's are based at Winchcombe. Now we have a use for it too.

Chalk marks are put on the guides in the horn blocks to check whether the axle is rising and falling correctly as the coach body is raised and lowered on the jacks, and also when the coach is in motion.


The fitting of the new section of steam heating pipe under the west end of SO 4790 (reported the previous Saturday) was completed when John Squires fitted the pipe bracket and then attached the steam valve.

Here John machining a piece of the steam. The valve was taken apart and this finished the overhauled prior to refitting.
Thanks Dave for great report.

Now what nobody has hasn't mentioned is if the bogie proved to be good for use?

Richard a comment please?


Richard J said...

Peter, The bogie from the donor vehicle looks fine. It needs cleaning, painting and lubricating but will then be as good as new.

Jo said...

Did you receive the pictures I sent (via-via) of two old carriage bodies at Ilmington and Tredington? Not sure if these are of interest. Also a wooden box van body on a farm near Shipston. Can photograph if interested.
Best regards,
Jo Roesen

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

Hi John, I haven't seen the pictures. Send them to and I will pass them on.


Roger said...

Being a non-techie, exactly how do you swap bogies? Only one set of coach jacks so sky hooks to lift the coaches?!

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

Oh that it was that easy Roger. What yo need and we have is a spare bogie! So there are many possible sequences. Here is one.
Find a donor vehicle in the yard raise it and test the required bogie is ok. All ways a good start.
Extract the good bogie shunt in the spare then lower and shunt in carriage out of the way
shunt in the carriage with a duff bogie. Extract the duff bogie
Shunt in the good one.
Then you can decide what to do with the duff bogie. This is probably to put it back under the donor carriage. You can work that one out. We have to do part of it again next week end to test another bogie we need to swap one under 4790 when it comes out of the workshop.

Anonymous said...

It was like watching 3D chess.
All the re-shuffling of the fiddle yard to get the donor to the front of the queue, half a day's to-ing and fro-ing and several gallons of railway tea. Bits facing the wrong way, keys seized, brake links missing, rogue points. Enough to put Mr Rubik off inventing the cube.
All done in great humour.
Glad I stayed in the warm and whittled some bits of wood!