Work but not as we know it. We don't or at least we try not to work on the carriages. This week is the annual tidy up of the workshops. We focus on trying to get rid of the accumulated and never to be used off cuts of wood and metal. Do a deeper clean than the usual sweep round and perhaps paint and spruce our working environment.
With the emphasis last year on the new building we sort of skipped work week so this year we really had to make a bigger effort. This was also needed as having the new facilities we have moved lots of things out of the workshop and need to reorganise what's left.
So it was on the Monday morning that the strong men came and moved it all about.
Creating clearer and more spacious work areas for the engineering and metal work.
With that continuing on Tuesday and the more detailed finishing off being done.
Installing the pillar drills.
The pipe fittings getting a proper rack at last.
Its amazing how much Dexion we have. Some more being dismantled in one of the containers.
The focus shifted to some of the external storage namely Containers 1 and 2. These have hardly been touched for some time, possibly years, and we are intending to replace them. They are ex van bodies but so badly rotted that they no longer protect much and are 'going'. First we had to empty them. it was easier to move the sides out of the way first.
The offcuts of wood that might be but never have been useful at last have a possible use. we off loaded 4 truck loads in the loco wood store at Toddington.
That should help with fire lighting.
The accumulated tins of paint donated at various times but not used and the residues of old part used tins all constitute hazardous waste so have to be sorted listed and categorised for controlled disposal.
John Osborn still found time to do a bit of interdepartmental cooperation cutting some quarter inch plates for S&T to act as spacers for the Broadway frame. By Thursday with the space now sorted John was back to construction.
Ian cutting the lengths of steel for a rack to store the sheet steel.
which quickly became the base framework. The sheet sheet has previously been stored against the wall all,over the place.
As they were already sorted the upholstery team got on with some seat work. yes this is getting repaired.
The cover removed and laid out.
On Thursday we had a parcel delivered by train. A shout from Claudette, Guard on the DMU for the day, as they passed the workshop on their way to Winchcombe station alerted me to its arrival. So I hotfooted it up to the station to collect.
Rail freight is still in use on the GWSR. Here is the seat now in the upholstery shop ready for repairs.
As the first coat of varnish on 4787 was dry on Thursday the second coiat was applied by Jim
Robin did some to the doors in the upholstery shop
Work then started on clearing the old office. A pile removed for sorting and moving to the new office.
There is still a lot to do.