Sunday, 1 April 2012

Saturday 31st March

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.

Richard led a reconisence of two more open carriages in the yard. Both need total rebuilds but as you can see there is a lot to do. The other one is just as chaotic. One, probably this one, will replace 4790 when that's done. 7221 will also be coming in.

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.


mack said...

hi, excuse my ignorance, but ive noticed from the pocs that the carrage you were rummaging around in has formica walls, yet the carrage in the previous blog with the new seats has wood walls.
is this a mordernisation by BR? and if so, will you be returning the wood walls to the other carrage? i think the wood gives it a much warmer n more period feel.

Richard Johnson said...


When they were first built in the early 1950's all Mk 1 carriages had veneered panelling internally. It was promoted as 'Empire hardwoods'.

As they were built over the next 10years or so, the veneer was gradually replaced with formica, for ease and cheapness.

We try and refurbish all the carriages to an 'as built' condition. The one pictured in this blog will therefore be restored with formica panelling inside. I agree with you that veneer gives a nuch warmer feel, but it would be wrong in my view to replace the formica with it.

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

Thanks Richard. If you note the lighting is also a central strip of lights. I thinks the mix of carriages shows the development of both technology and the railways and as here adds another talking point.

mack said...

Thanks for the info, it's interesting.:).... However, whilst I would definitely NOT like to see a yellow 9F(!).. I do like the recent red 8F. .. Ok so they built them with Formica cos it was cheaper... But if they had the money they'd have been Veneer. The wood has a nicer feel to ride in, I'd redo em all in veneer ! I mean we have enough plastic and rubber in the modern stock in use everyday, *sigh
But I understand yr point too. Thanks for explaining it