I started the day taking a wander around the workshop and barn as usual. The yard was a hive off activity with lots of the steam boys milling about. There was already a team working on the Monster Van.
Alan Baugh. Nice to see you back with us again.
and Bob Keyte by the end of the day the group had almost finished removing the old paint from the roof and much of the wall. So it was as well that Dave sorted out some paint ready to be applied.
Steve dealt with a very bad section of the floor. (I really should have taken a look to see how far he got. I'm sure he finished it as last thing he was checking out the panelling requirements for the entrance vestibule on 4790).
Meanwhile Chris finished another door pillar.
John Squires started his day removing redundant electrics and the associated pipe work from the west end of 4790 and cleaning up and preserving the steam pipe under the carriage (its the large pipe bottom right). Well it's usually under the carriage, but with the floor currently removed it is more easily accessed from above.
On the way back John Hill asked for a hand. Having completed the second class seats for CK 7221 it's time to start the first class seats. So he needed some help retrieving a complete set of first class seats from storage. Wow they are heavy. We loaded it into the upholstery van and I went back to filling and sanding the end of 4790.
The sanding came to a halt when John Osborn arrived to weld the edge strip to the double door entrance on the wall side. Once done and coated in red oxide John moved to start the corresponding strip at the other end of the carriage. This completes the welding at the west end of the carriage so it's over to the door team and painters for that end.
I went back to help John Hill with the seat. We stripped the cloth, removing what seemed like hundreds of tacks in the process.
Bob Mac took on the lighting in 4790 rewiring and reinstalling all 16 of the wall light units.
On the RBr a list of jobs to be completed was drawn up and several people including John Hamer and Phil Salter tackled the issues. Five steps forward and sadly two more issues discovered. When you heat water at one end you expect it to come out of the taps at the other end hot when you turn the tap on. It didn't. It didn't come out at all. When I left Phil was looking into the problem.
Paul and Dennis disappeared down the yard and did an interal clean up of the maroon set.
Dave Clark did his usual chasing around along with some more work in the Monster Van. Among his tasks he cleaned the hard hats and emptied the bins again. How do we fill them so fast!
Fortunatly Derrick O'Brien is now out of hospital, after some tests and basically he is ok. He intends to pop into C&W next Wednesday for a few hours.