Sunday, 29 September 2013

September 30th - A Different Sort of Day

With six off on a steam trip elsewhere numbers were always likely to be low. Added to that was the fact that two more of us were only going to be in the morning it was surprising what we did get done. there was no painting in the new workshops as preparations are well advanced for the pressure testing.  The testing is to ensure the new building meets its environmental targets and hopefully we may get a grants towards the heating system as a result.

So it was a surprise that during the morning we had 15 volunteers. The main target was 25341 in the barn with Tony and Alex Caulfield continuing the filling and sanding along the skirt line

Following on behind John Hamer's riveting. John moved on dealing with the capping strip of the centre door. However, after several interruptions for consultations on other issues he ran out of time to complete the repair but at least he know knows how he can do the repair.

Bob Keyte diverted his attentions from the new workshops to deal another section of undercoat on the wall side of 25341.

Ben carried on from my start finishing the undercoat round the windows on the inner side of the carriage.

On the other repairs John Osborn assessed several small areas round 4787 and with James got stuck in to making a plate for one of the corners.

Andy Thompson was joined by Bob Mac cleaning up the inner framework of the bogies in the barn.

They followed on with the pressurised oil gun.

after some final sanding and red oxide painting Craig set about getting the skin back on one of the centre doors from 4787. Getting the frame trimmed correctly is a real art and several fitting are (and were) required to get the close fit needed.

Ken was busy sorting out a safe access method for the welders getting at the inside of the ballast wagons. Having sorted that he started drilling holes in the new crash pillar on 4787! It transpired that it was to fit mount bracket for the water tank filler pipe.

Chris and Nikki came in collected some tools and took the first train out to Toddington. The newly arrive DMU is to undergo its 'A' safety test. There are a lot of doors on a DMU to check.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

September 26th - Paintless

Paintless but not pointless as we diverted our attentions to other things.

The work on the finishing shops still continued with Steve Long continuing the work on the installation of the three phase supply for the woodwork area.

Here the trunking along the length of the workshop is being secured to the wall.

Pat Green from Building Services did just that bricking up the old 'good inward' window.

and Malcolm completed the intumesant painting of the steel frame to the building.

The rooms are already much lighter due to the white walls.

and the internal door frames were undercoated by Dave Hancox.

Late in the afternoon the next delivery of 10 tubs of emulsion finally arrived so we are all go for Saturday.

As I wasn't spraying to day it was back to brushed for the undercoat cream, workshop side, on 25341 while Dave got Jim on the undercoat brown on the other side.

Jim also completed the lower section at one end on the workshop side once John Hamer had finished the Chem Metal filling and Ken had followed on with the sander.

John continued the riveting at the other end which proved to be in pretty good condition.

At the outer end John Osborn was re plating the bottom corner

once Ken had moved the step out of the way.

4787 was again the subject for Pete Fisher's attentions completing the replacement of a section of the crash pillar.

Unusually this was at the top of the pillar. the result of a leaking water tank.

Roger and Ron applied the mastic strip to the window edge before replacing the second of the three removed windows from the wall side of 4787.

The surplus gets trimmed off.

Robin was down the yard in 5023 starting on the painting of the heater grills under the seats. This number 1 of 64.

Still it could be an easier job than cleaning the seats. this one is covered in dog hair.

Still John Hughes is more concerned with the 16 seat ends. He is removing the cloth covering on each one. then we have to find away to remove traces of the glue before repainting them.

There are an awful lot of staples in each one. It looks as if they emptied the staple gun on every panel!

He has found a nice spot in the paint shop to work while we are still decorating the Upholstery Workshop.

C&W garden is still in full flower and it was a good place to see Neil Carr return the troublesome trucks after the Thomas visit.

He tried to sneak another Dogfish ballast wagon in while we were not looking. No chance.

This is DB993121 built at Charles Roberts in 1956.

still at least we know what needs doing this time.

So the centre door is tight and the Malvern side door is seized.

And finally remember this picture from last Saturday?

spot the difference

we all looked at it and though it looked wrong. It took a while to work out why!
The 12 should have gone else where.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

September 25th

Report by Dave Clark

19 in today, with work going on all round the department.

SO 4787

At the Paintshop end, Peter Fisher works on the area uncovered on Saturday, initially removing the severely corroded upper section of crash pillar.

The brand new section welded in - note that the hole in the top of the pillar is not corrosion but the route for the communication chord.

At the other end Mike and Craig make adjustments to ensure that the door fits correctly.

Craig trims down the cross-span on a new door frame.

The repaired door skin which will go onto this frame. The prominant welding seams that will need to be ground down to ensure that the skin fits as flush to the frame as possible.

Another difficult door job (sorry no photo) is the removal of the screws (44 last time I did - Peter) on the door edges which fasten the door skin to the frame. This was being done by Derek O'Brien with assistance from Ken. Many of the screws simply won't budge, even with the use of an impact screwdriver, and often drilling out is the only answer.

TSO 5023

John Hill and Dave and Penny Dron were busy in the workshop refurbishing the seat arms, while John Hughes continued with the removal of fabric from the side panels.
(When the upholstry shopis finishedthey will be able to work together!)
The mystery of the three missing seat arms still hasn't been resolved - can any of the Thursday or Saturday gang throw any light on this?

SK 25341

Pete Lucas and I completed the tidying-up of the central area on the Barn side. After vacuuming up the dust and then wiping the panelling with a thinners-soaked cloth, Pete begins to apply masking tape. Once again the tape is being put above the position of the upper line (stripe), and the lower line will be treated correspondingly. This will ensure that any filler in the line positions is covered by paint as it will be sometime before top coating and lining out can be done. Once the cream undercoat is dry, the tape will be removed and new tape put over the correct line positions. We will then apply undercoat brown to the upper and lower sections of panelling.

At the Barn entrance end of the coach, Rod has applied chemical metal filler to the hole under the roof end, topped-up with ordinary filler before rubbing down.

John Hamer has been doing a great job sorting out the rivet line on both sides - one of the classic Mark 1 coach problems. With the wall side of the coach completed, he has now moved round to the Barn side, digging out the cracked paint and old filler, then drilling out and re riverting before filling with chemical metal, followed by standard filler.

Box van

With the two tower scaffolds brought back into the workshop and placed either side of the van, Dave Ward, Des Adams and I placed the new canvas on the van roof. Brake blocks were then tied to each corner to help remove the creases in the canvas, prior to sticking down with felt adhesive which may be done on Thursday.

Other work

Ken had a busy day, and besides assisting Derrick, made a number of drain tubes for coach window inner sills.

Steve Smith busy making another of his very useful wooden stools.

Job completed. These stools, often preferable to a set of steps, are perfect for so many jobs where you need just that little bit of extra height and space is restricted (e.g. painting coach ceilings).

New building

Russ started adding a second coat of emulsion to the entrance wall, while inside the woodwork shop Dave Ward and Des Adams continued emulsioning where they left off last week. The emulsion has nearly all gone again, but another 10 tubs are on the way, hopefully arriving on Thursday.

Building Services were again working in the woodwork shop, and today also in the store room with Pat Green busy bricking up the old window in the wall between the Office and old Mess Room. Previously this had been blocked by board and needed to be properly sealed ready for the forthcoming pressure testing of the new building.

One of the new inner door frames made by Building Services waiting for a coat of primer.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

September 21st - A Really Busy Day

With Thomas in action today the station was very busy

and Robin operating the Model Railway had a constant flow of visitors. John Hamer was on duty at Cheltenham.

Nikki was on the diesel training as 'second man'.

Her training included the hard bit, coupling and uncoupling. On the shuttle between Toddington and Winchcombe alternating with Thomas she got a lot of practise.

I suspect others from C&W were out helping elsewhere. So we did well to still have 15 signed today.

With the reduced numbers there was only one on painting the finishing shop today, me. I managed to spray most of the main entrance (including its ceiling Rod). It has made it look a lot less like the black hole of Calcutta. I also started on the upstairs and did the stair wall in passing. Having a new spray gun helped I just forgot to take a picture!

On the painting front in the barn Tony Caulfield continued the rubbing down of some of Thursdays filler on 25341

while Son Alex painted as much of the lower section of one side as was available.

The very bottom is still awaiting the riveted skirt line to be inspected and issues dealt with.

Later in the day Dave was painting above the windows.

Also in action on the carriage was Phil Jones who was tapping up the side and painting.

A major part of the work today was focused on the loose bogies. You can usually spot the new volunteer. The clean overalls rather gives it away. We soon sorted that out as Ian Stroud got stuck in helping with the wheel set.

First reinstalling a wheel set. Doing a shunt to sort the bogies.

Also assisting again was Alan Miller from P'Way driving the Matbro for us. Thanks Alan. We really must get that gantry certified.

Then moving onto servicing the vacuum cylinders.

Ian with Ken and Richard

who in passing stopped to apply the lettering

and number to the goods van.

James was busy with the plasma cutter making section of metal ready to patch the end of 4787.

However, John Squires was matching him by creating more holes. The original idea was a fairly quick repair and repaint. Unfortunately removing the plate repair from previous restorations revealed things have gone to far or a quick repair on this corner.

The old repair done years ago was removed. Tin snipes and a few baked bean cans. Defiantly NOT the way we do them now!

John Hill was continuing the battle of the arm rests 20 down 12 to go!

while Paul was cleaning up the window frame the toilet of 4787.

 Steve Long was again wrestling with the big power cables.

This time the three phase connection to a new distribution board for the woodwork machinery able assisted by Jim from Building Services.

The main supply to the workshop has already been switch to the new supply as has Building Services.

Great progress well done Steve.

Chris was busy trimming wood sections for door frames having taken a trip to Toddington to see the new DMU driving motor carriage that arrived yesterday.

Ken was busy making a couple of new brooms for the department.

I'm sure Dave will soon put them to good use.