Report by Dave Clark
Another very busy day with 25 attending, including the Maintenance Team as it was a Thursday. At lunchtime the crowded mess room also had the mouth watering aroma of Winchcombe Chip Shop pervading the air - thanks again Tony for the chips!
The "Dirty Gang" along the the Maintenance Team were working in the Barn on the brake rigging and other jobs on BSO 9000. The 03 shunter was coupled up for a brake test. This was successful and subsequently 9000 was returned to the Chocolate & Cream rake. SO 4763 has been riding a bit rough so that's the next one in for checking.
Paul spent the day up at the station doing some more cleaning on the Cotswold side of the rake.
In the Upholstery shop John Hughes was busy attaching more arm rests to side panels for SK 25451. As can be seen from two of these and the seat back, this coach will look very smart when all this work has been completed and the seating reinstated.
We have had a lot of deliveries over the past two weeks. This time six rolls of LMS design moquette which will be used when we reupholster the seating in our new FO 3132.
TSO 5023 is still in the cold and airy Barn, but Alan and Ron had made their open compartment very cosy with sheets over the corridor exits and a small fan heater. They are steadily reinstating the clean and revarnished sections that fit above each window.
In the Workshop progress on the V.I.C. continues apace. The two display boards, having been given an initial coating of pale green emulsion by Des on Wednesday, was second-coated by Bob.
Robin was sitting down on the job (who can blame him!) and painting the new skirting boards in undercoat cream.
Tony was busy with the wood primer again, this time coating the new panelling in the central corridor.
Dave Hancox was applying white paintable sealant to the backs of the new beading on the sides of the doorway entrances. These were installed by Steve Barnfield to hold the new rubber seals.
It had been an excellent day in the V.I.C. Nearly all the recently installed woodwork had been primed, most of the previously primed areas undercoated in cream and the display board frames painted in undercoat white. If all goes well on Saturday we should be into more initial, and even second, top coating. Overall the gentle colours used within the coach have given it a very restful atmosphere and should provide a fine background to the displays.
In the Paintshop, Malcolm was cleaning up the canvas roof of the LNWR Van. This will be given two fresh coats of our light grey roof emulsion mix. Malcom had previously removed one of the doors on the Cotswold side on the van ready for repair - the second one was more difficult to remove and will need a little "gentle persuasion"!
On Wednesday, Russ Smith had continued with the lining out on FK 13326. It just needs the door furniture to be painted in gloss black to complete this part of the coach. Russ also re-stained and varnished the veneer panelling on the door back to bring it back up.
On the Cotswold side Maurice and Martin completed the lining out, with Cheryl and Jeff doing the same on the Malvern side, leaving just a final section to be completed by Maurice much later in the day. So basically, just some paintwork tidying up here and there, completion of the blackwork on the two sides, some more sprucing up on the interior door panelling, and we are finished.
During the day Dennis Richards was checking and replacing as necessary the vacuum and steam heating hoses on the coach, in this instance the north end steam hose.