Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Wednesday October 17th

Report from Dave Clark

This Wednesday at C&W was a bit special. During the morning we had the first visit by the top class of Winchcombe Junior School (in previous years the annual school visits were always by the senior school). Then for the afternoon was the planned big treat for Grenville Care, who's 80th birthday was the day before.

However, firstly back to our normal activities.

SO 4790

Eddie Paddon has made a box to hold the two detachable tables that will be used in the new wheelchair area. Here he is scribing the edges of the box side panels to match the internal curve of the coach body - when subsequently cut to shape, the box will fit snugly against the vestibule wall.


Close by to the above, Maurice Norman began fitting the new kickboards to the base of one of the sets of double doors. Maurice later gave some of the new panels a second coat of gloss black where this was required.

On the same set of doors, Rod Wells completes the undercoating by painting the cream sections. He later added the first coat of top coat brown to the lower panels.


 John Hill and Penny Dron, from our Upholstery team, test out the wheelchair area.

At the other end of the coach Mike Blakeman continued working on the final door to be completed on 4790 (sorry, no picture).

Other workThe China Clay wagon continues to regain its original form as Dave Ward adds more replacement planking. The new wood has been cut to shape prior to fitting, and will be brushed with preservative prior to priming and painting.
In the Barn Tony Barnard continues preparing the wallside of CK 16195. During this essential work he has uncovered a number of rust holes which will require the removal of three windows and the left hand capping strip of the end door frame. Other areas of bared metal have been treated for rust where required.
The Railway had its first visit by the top class of Winchcombe Primary School. Following a trip to Cheltenham and back on the 10:00 train, they spent about an hour touring the Winchcombe site. I took them around C&W, and then handed them over to Tim Pickering for a talk on steam locomotives, followed by a talk about the Weighbridge by Dave Staniforth. It was a very enjoyable and successful visit, and hopefully will be repeated annually. In the picture Tim (in peaked cap) has their attention.

Grenville's Official 80th Birthday celebrations

The afternoon started on Russ Smith's lovely restored Brighton Bell coach and a "Race-the-train" trip to Cheltenham Racecourse and back. The train beat us to Cheltenham, but the trip back was a draw!

Grenville issues Cheryl with her bus ticket.

Grenville in the driving seat!

The coach party back at the station.

Then came the big surprise for Grenville. as Cheryl had organised a cream tea on board the 16:05 train to Cheltenham, with about 40 members of the GWR in attendance.

Grenville opening the lovely card created by Dave Staniforth, with John Osborn's excellent picture on the front.

He then opened the charming card made by Penny Dron. Her cartoon drawing of our C&W Workshop was wonderful - Penny you are a brilliant artist!

A picture of a very happy man!

With grateful thanks to Russ Smith, Cheryl Newman, Dave Staniforth, Penny Dron, and the members of OTC (who did the excellent cream tea), for making it all work and giving Grenville and all those attending such a lovely afternoon. Once again, from all of us who were there, and from all those who were unable to attend, Happy Birthday Grenville!

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