Friday, 31 August 2012

Thursday August 30th

A large group, 20, in today and with some early sunshine the train cleaning team had a good start to the day.

My first task was a quick tour of the workshop to see what I could find from the Wednesday workings. Notably the two tables clamps and glue setting.

The panelling has been re applied on the right hand wall side double door and initial work carried out to place the lock plate. 

Ralph Pickstone was in early to deal with the lock on the double doors and after a little fiddling the door shut with a satisfying clunk. The locking bar was put back in place and the top plate mounted. The other door rather 'stuck out' at the top. This was improved after some work on the top of the capping strip but I suspect there is still a little work to do.

Also evident was work on the door at the other end of the carriage with the steps moved to simplify the manoeuvring for the door to be drilled for the bolts.

P'Way had also been busy tidying up after removing the garden siding.

On the workshop side we finally had the go ahead to start the full painting effort.  So, after a little gentle rub down, like buses three raced into action together. Rod Wells (left) on first top coat. On the top brown band Pete Lucus (right) while Bob Keyte (centre) is on the central cream band.

On the Maroon rake the team were again preparing for the sets next outing. Robin was painting the foot boards outside while Paul Wood Ron were bust inside and Malcolm was checking the roof.

Ron Bennett was again dealing with another leak on the main rakes RBr 1672.

The cause of the repeated leaks appear to be the installation of a new pump to replace the old riser system. This operates at a higher pressure and thus new leaks occur as the pipe joints fail to cope with the new pressure.

This time Ron with some assistance from John Hughes made a new gasket which was then fitted, resolving the latest problem.

Michael was again sanding various wood sections ready for varnishing.

John Osborn and Malcolm Dickson took a the railway truck over to Gloucester to get replacement cylinders of Oxygen and acetylene before John returned to the second corner of CK16195.

With just three new sections of plate left to do at this end of the carriage progress is good.

I had a request for a plan of the 'paintshop' so here is the original outline diagram. If it all gets done at once is another matter. The first priority of the outer shell with that it will depend on what money is left! So this is the hoped for:

Winchcombe Station is to the right and the existing workshop to the left. I think you can enlarge the plan as you can all the pictures by double clicking on it.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Saturday August 25th

With alternative short spells of sun and heavy showers it was a way for 16 of the C&W team to stand in the shelter of the workshop and admire the dediction of the P'Way gang who were removing the old garden siding as part of the groundworks for the new paint and associated workshop building.

Although we normally refer to it as a 'paintshop' the building will house woodworking and upholstery facilities along with a new mess room and storage area.

However, we didn't spend all day watching P'Way. Cheryl was busy in the morning taping up edges on SO 4790 ready for the top coat of paint to go on very soon.

Ken and I remounted the last of the double doors with its capping strip ready for the painters after Chris and Steve had completed fitting and trimming the door liner.

And if Chris really thinks he needs to breathe in for the photo what hope do the rest of us have!

Steve Barnfield continued his mammoth effort to craft both walls and ceiling for the entrance vestibule. Here a curved section of the ceiling is in position and firmly clamped while Steve prepares to fix it.

Part of the fitting requires trimming round other features of the vestibule such as the electrical switching installed by Phil Salter.


at the end of the day the progress was very clear

a visit to the upholstry van found John hill working away on another seat for CK 16195.

In the barn John Osborn was continuing the installation of new end plates to CK 16195.

While Martin Jaunch resumed the rubbing down and filling of the sides.

Nikki was busy organising some moves.

The RBr 1675 is about to become our mess room so the chairs were moved to storage. In our overalls old plasric chairs are in order.

Paul in the van to organise the storage, Ken to lift the chairs into the van, and Nikki to hold the trolley.

No actually she had been holding the chairs on the trolley for he very bumpy trip down the yard.

once again as can be seen here parts of the yard look more like the lake district.

So then with Dave there was the removal of some old signalling batteries for recycling.

Grenville was busy cleaning up a painting a gift received during the open weekend. this being a GWR Stormwater drain cover. An unusual item of railway memorabilia but, with the storms weve been having, one that could easily see service again!

Phil Salter gave some assistance to the P'Way gang by using some of our cutting gear to remove some stubborn fishplates bolts. 

At the end of the day Ken and I teamed up again the lift the last door back roughly into position ready for the door team to do the final adjustments and fittings.

By the end of the day the P'Way gang had lifted most of the siding which was as well because the increasing severity of the rain gathered in the hole created instead of running into our workshop which it has done repeatedly in recent times. 

Now are we sure a swimming pool wouldn't be a betted idea?
If you would like to see more picture of the efforts check out the link on the right hand side to the P'Way phot site.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Thursday August 23rd

As I was attending a funeral today's report is thanks to Dave Clark

We had fourteen in, plus Andy Thompson who was the service train guard for the day.

With the service rake in Platform Two for a gas bottle change, we had the chance to clean the other side for a change. As always, the initial few were soon joined by others of the regular crowd as they turned up.

Several of our passengers looked on and chatted to us, fascinated by all that was going on.

Cheryl took up the mantle of chief of vacuum cleaning.

Even Guards help out, as Andy is caught cleaning the tables further down the train.

We very much view clean trains as a high priority, hence our regular Thursday assistance to our C&W's main cleaning team who work on Mondays.

The other early task was to complete the clear-up and put away after our very successful Open Weekend. 

other things put out of the way were put back in their usual places around the workshop and good access behind SO 4790 was restored..

SO 4790

Rod continued the preparation of the workshop-side double door entrance for painting, initially masking off the edges of the internal panelling.

He then lightly sanded the frame to smooth down the priming and added some more filler and mastic where required.

Bob Keyte meanwhile completed the black gloss painting in the corridor end (primed the previous day), and also some parts on top of the connection that were still in red oxide. Bob also gave one of the back panels for the wall side doors an initial coat of varnish.

The target date for basic completion of 4790 has been set as the end of September, when it will be moved into the Barn to have the underframe work done.

CK 16195

Ken completed the job of re-attaching the compartment door that had previously been removed and cleaned up. having dug out a new door top slider from one of the storage CCTs.

Bodywork rebuilding continued at the Workshop end with John Osborn tidying up and spot welding one of his new base corner sections.

This section had been used as part of the Barn demonstrations during the Open Weekend.
Also inside the first class compartments, all the internal sections of the corridor windows had previously been removed and labelled to enable everything removed to be returned to its original position. All the wooden sections were gathered up and taken to the varnishing table, ready for cleaning/sanding, staining and varnishing.
Maroon Rake
Both internal and external maintenance on our second rake continues apace.

Having completed a considerable amount of tidying up inside over the past few weeks, Robin has moved outside and is busy repainting the step boards in gloss black.

Another vestibule ceiling receives a fresh coat of gloss white with John Hughes busy with the brush.


One of the new ceiling sections being put up in the FK.     

This can be a somewhat awkward, fiddly job often requiring two sets of hands, and this particular one was certainly giving Ron and Rog a hard time, but they seceded in the end.

A new door panel was also prepared ready to be installed at the weekend.

More paint shop preparation

At the end of the day, with the parking area clear of cars, the approximate size of the new paint shop Building was staked out to keep the area free for the P'Way team to remove the existing track ready for the ground preparations.

Soon to be a memory - the old grass and weed-covered siding, practically buried in the soil, with part of the point visible in the foreground. Just beyond the blue Class 73 electro-diesel is the faded RBr 1675, which will be brought back to life to act as our temporary mess room. The existing one has to go, (its the little extension in the above picture) as will that lamp post.

I'm guessing the Broadway group may well want both bricks and lamp post! More retrieval and cleaning.




Thursday, 23 August 2012

Wednesday August 22nd

I, along with 13 others, signed in today and of course was greeted with the expected 'it's not Thursday' comments. As I am attending a funeral Thursday and was free today I took the opportunity for a change.

The first and obvious difference was nothing to do with the day. The garden siding was cleared on Monday ready for the work on the paint shop to begin.

Having moved the goods vans and carriage that were there to the other side of the yard we needed to add a warning notice to ensure nobody opened the wrong side of the vans in future. Were they to do so it would result in them being buried in a heap of what ever it is we have stored in the vans currently.

Maurice sorted out a couple of wooden panels and duly painted a warning on them.

After a coat of protective varnish and some drying time,  I fixed them in place just before leaving.

Wednesday is the day most of the wood work is done. You can see why nothing else much gets done when the clouds of dust ascend as Eddie Paddon sets about cutting up one of the large hardwood timbers assisted by Maurice.

Craig Dyer was busy on window mechanisms while here Derrick O'Brien dealt with a number of wooden door panels and trimming.

Having completed a couple of jobs first thing, I settled down to assist Ralph Pickstone on progressing the outstanding doors of SO 4790. We first sorted out bolts on the wall side barn end. Ralph and Peter Fisher had earlier done some work on the captive nuts.

Having sorted the bolts we left Mike Blakeman to complete the liner fitting.

At the other end of the carriage we removed the panelling of the right hand door for Russ Smith to stain.

Russ had earlier painted the external side of the wooden liner to the corridor connector.

Having carefully measured up and marked the carriage side we then removed the left hand door and trimmed the side panel back to create enough Clarence for a capping strip to be fitted.

We left the door off ready for Chris to fit the post liner for the door. We did take the opportunity to identify a suitable capping strip ready for refitting the door.

It was good to get the work going again after a very successful open week end.

Friday, 17 August 2012


The open week end at Carriage and Wagon saw the department all neat and tidy and open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday.

The following pictures are from John Osborn. Many thanks John.

Part of the painting display highlighting the number of different colours and paints that are used on each carriage .

Visitors had a chance to see first hand the work in progress especially the new wheelchair entrance and vestibule for SO 4790.

Ken with the vacuum and steam pipe display he was also demonstrating the carriage jacks

The door team were showing of the internal workings and structure of the doors

and the technicalities of the locking system.

While John Osborn showed the methods and tools of the metalwork team

Paul Wood was running the sales stall selling railway related items train set items, books, puzzles and much more.

The final item was display of photos collected over the years showing work in progress on the railway. There was also a display of the plans for the new paint shop.

The tidiness may not last very long work on the paint shop is about to start so there will be big muddy holes and more dust to contend with during the building operations. This is of course only possible due to a very generous bequest for development, (so money that can't be used for Chicken Curve and other 'repairs').

so this is a view that will not be around much longer the paint shop will, roughly, cover both the carriage and the cars in the picture. The building will also incorporate new upholstery and wood working facilities. So its not just a paint shop.