Sunday, 18 November 2012

Saturday November 17th.

With all the changes going on, details follow, I chose agood day to take a group of friends on ther special lunch time fish and chip special. Wellit rqaises abit more money for the railway.

So the report for Saturday 17 November  comes again from Dave Clark. Thanks Dave.
Quite a day to say the least and the end of an era. We had 18 in and during the day we were scattered all over the site.

The end of an era, but the start of a new one

John Squires raises his cup to toast our last ever tea break in the old Mess Room.

After our 1100 break, Paul and his gang soon had the room cleared, and Steve Long had disconnected the electrical supply. With just the telephone line to disconnect, Building Services can now begin the careful demolition of the little building - as much as possible will be used elsewhere on the Railway (and also careful becaise two LARGE wasps nest were found in the roof we think they are empty but nobody was willing to check). Once down, work on the new Paintshop building will start. (I think we should call it a workshop extention as its NOT just apaintshop)

With everything now set up in RBr 1675 in the siding, Grenville cut the ceremonial tape and we were ready to have our first lunch break in our new temporary mess room.

Everyone soon settled in. It was warm and cozy, AND there was room for everybody!

One of the joys of our new room is of course the proximity of the trains as they come by, and the fun comments from the engine crew and Bob Mac who was Guard, and Richard Summers and the others working in OTC as they saw us relaxing in their former RBr.


A big "Thank You" is due to Paul and everyone who helped get all this sorted out.

We were joined for lunch by Richard Drewitt and his lovely little daughter Hanna, who looked very at home in our new surroundings.


Later in the day, John Osborn began the demolition process by removing the railings around the steps.

Sooner or later they will turn up as part of as part of a carriage!

The shuntAs always, trying to fit in our essential shunts is problematical and with the 8F still in the Barn and all the loco crews up at Toddington, we were beginning to think we were stumped.

However, out of the blue, Adrian from the Loco Dept appeared and saved the day. In fact we kept him for quite some time while everything was being sorted out, so thank you Adrian for your patience and for helping us out.

During shunting Tony Barnard and his younger son Bob popped in to watch the proceedings. Tony's older son was taking his Induction course and will be joining us as an apprentice; young Bob said he would also like to do this when he is old enough.
While we were waiting for the 04 shunter to warm up and all the essential oiling round to be completed, the first Race Day Special came by, looking splendid in the cold damp air.

First out of the Barn was CK 16195 which was placed in a siding. Then followed the lengthy rake of wagons and SO 4790, the latter ending up on the Barn jack road.

The CK was then placed in the Workshop, followed by the container flat truck. The china clay wagon and other conflat were put in the Barn, and finally the 8F moved back in.

Chess is an easy game compared with this.

SO 4790With the shunt completed, work resumed. With the coach body now up on the jacks, John Squires could at last get on with fitting the replacement sections of steam heating pipe above the north end bogie. Here he is using the bender to curve the very heavy gauge metal pipe.It took several attempts to get the curve just right before the trial fitting was successful.

With the end of the coach now open to the weather, Steve Barnfield took the corridor door from the other end and fitted it here (the second corridor door is not yet ready for fitting).


In the new vestibule Steve continued fitting the sections of panelling and ceiling. It won't be long now before the ceiling can be painted, the box for the removable tables fitted, and this part of the coach in effect completed.

During the shunt, 4790's new gleaming paintwork could be seen for the first time in daylight.

CK 16195Chris Taylor is gradually working his way around the doors on this coach to check their ease of closing and general condition. Hopefully, we won't have to remove too many for more major refurbishment.

Martin continues the filling/sanding process on the north side of the coach. As well as sections immediately under the two gutters, nearly all the windows had peeling paint around their perimeters, making this a very lengthy process overall.

Conflat wagon

When still in the Barn Grenville sands down the north side of the container. Some of this side still needs to dry out before any further preparation can be made.

Later on, and with the wagon now in the Workshop, Bob Keyte and Grenville began top coating in maroon the previously undercoated sides of the container.


(Sorry no picture). It was good to see John Hill back on a Saturday after his week in hospital. John spent the day repairing one of the driver's seats from the DMU.

Elegant ExcursionsAfter the clean-up of the two double seat frames destined for "Marguerite" had been completed, Ken and Ben started fitting the base of the central swivel arm to the first seat. Firstly Ben cut two metal backing plates.

The next job was to line up and secure the swivel mechanism to the the main backing plate, a fiddly job hence the use of the clamp.

With the coach used to store the Elegant Excursion spares due for removal very shortly, the remaining spares comprising seat components were cleared out and stored in one of the two large MOGO vans in the yard. The coach had been shunted up the far end of the yard to make access to the MOGO somewhat shorter.

Compressed air system

Our compressed air system is invaluable, but the gauges for several of the outlet points around the Workshop have been damaged over the years.

Replacements have been bought and are ready to be fitted. Malcolm has been doing a very useful job, producing metal brackets which when fastened to the wall will protect each point from accidental knocks by ladders and staging.

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