Friday, 27 February 2015

Thursday - roof roof roof

We started painting the roof of the model railway carriage on Tuesday, by the end of the day we had completed two full coats of hi-build black paint.

Malcolm did one side today and I completed the other while Pete Lucas, Cheryl and Dave painted the sides.

Having completed one roof well you keep going don't you? Malcolm moved on to paint the first coat on the canvass roof of the goods van.

and having put the harness on well you do the third roof as well. Malcolm moved on to start the clean up of the roof on 24753, theoretically the next into the paintshop as quick paint.

Following an accident at Cheltenham Race course the station sign was damaged and sent to C&W for repairs. The sign was carefully laid out on towels on the woodwork workshop floor. John Osborn then carefully positioned support block in strategic places and.........

walked over the sign.YES Walked on it. very successfully too. He also straightened the support bar but using more convention methods.

after some touch up paintwork the sign was ready to be returned and rehung on Saturday.

John then returned to his more usual activity of welding.  This time an odd patch repair on the spare gas bottle cage for an RBr.

Back in the paintshop both ends were also being painted. Note being a post office mail carriage the ends are the same colour as the sides not black. Richard

and John with the paint brushes.

The measurement of the bogies, these on 13329, continued at a pace with John Hamer and Ken doing the measurement and in this case adjusting the settings.

To do the adjustment the these bogies the spring has to be freed for the spacers to be sorted out. its the spacers that actually effect the ride height of the bogie.

Phil having finished shunting the bogies set about electrical checks on 5023. Work on this carriage is starting to pick up as its now moving up the priority list.

Unfortunately the ceiling had to come down to get at this light fitting and the connections.

More 5023 action with Alan Ron and unseen Roger working on the interior wood work restoration

while Ken adjusted the door handle which was out of line when the door closed.

Michael did some painting here the new step boards for the re-instated centre doors.

John Appleton was in with the Maintenance team carrying out part of the annual schedule of check for each carriage.

More evidence of the rapid progress being achieved as Dave Hancox starts of greying up on parts of 25743 in the barn. This is very much so that we can see more clearly what needs doing! LOTS.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Wednesday - Hill Building

Report by Dave Clark

Another busy Wednesday, and good to have it in the blog with this often being the less featured of our four working days.

In the History carriage , which is now in its new home in Platform 1 bay, Austen and Des are continuing the construction of the map of our railway.

Later on in the Woodwork shop, Des is discussing with Dave Ward and Eddie the making of the profiled hills (seen on the right) that will be attached to the map board. The map will be quite a feature when completed.

Upstairs, Dave Dron sews an old seat cover over the wire mesh which forms the basic shape of the seat back. The cover will protect the new filling and material that will be added later.

John Hill uses the industrial sewing machine to prepare more seat arm covers.

Returning to the Woodwork shop to find Paul Cowburn finishing off one of the curved hardwood sections of a new door frame. These are cut to shape, not steam bent.

Ralph attaching wooden panelling to another of the doors for TSO 5023.

Derrick is finishing off the next door for fitting to the coach.

With help from Ken and myself, Craig secured the door to the hinges, and Derrick now checks the overall fitting.

In the Barn, the sanding down and reaming out of loose filler on SK 25743 continues, this time with Tony Barnard using the orbital sander and powered wire brush. By the end of the day, much of the loose filler and cracked paint around six windows had been cleared away and the underlying metal rust treated.

Tony Shilham cleaned up the rotting lower corner. A pre-curved piece of sheet metal will be either rivetted or welded on to patch this area.

Ken gets to work to replace the lock on this door. We hope to get two out of the three doors working on this side of the coach.

On the subject of doors, John Hamer had got the locked-out north end door working on FK 13329 in the main rake. A paint repair to the door frame and sides completed the job.

Back to the Model Railway TPO in the Paintshop, to find Trevor completing the undercoating as far as possible.

While Rod begins the first of the two maroon top coats, John Hughes paints the sole bar in gloss black.

Malcolm peers over the roof edge as he begins a second coat of paint along the centre section.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Tuesday - an Overview

We are still maintaining out double figures attendance - just - with 10 signed in today.

I very much had an overview of the action along with Stuart. On Saturday Malcolm completed the first half of the centre section of the roof of the model railway carriage. Today I completed the roof, the shine is the fact that the paint hasn't dried yet.

Stuart started on the wall side of the roof and we joined up to do the track side. By the end of the day we had completed the whole roof, centre and both sides.

Dennis finished filling on the doors and followed on with some undercoating.

Richard got back to undercoating the track side having spent much of his recent painting effort on window surround.

While Bob, who hates window surround, was in his element with so few on this carriage.

In the barn Richard continued the preparation of 25743 which is in for a quick'ish repaint and some repairs.

The challenge is to get at least 2 of the doors on the Cotswold side operational. at present none are usable!
Additionally Richard had to stop this window falling out. Several of the windows rivets were broken and had to be drilled out and replaced.

Also in the barn John was checking the height of the bogies. The setting are very precise and have to be within very tight margins. All the bogies get this and several other checks regularly.

while I was out in the barn I started on painting the new corridor connection gantry yellow. I need a bigger ladder to reach the top safely! Hopefully Malcolm, who undercoated the gantry, can point me to the right steps, or tower.

In the upholstery shop Vivian was busy sewing the seat corners on a recovered seat while Dave stripped the next seat base

right down to the base.

Only to start rebuilding it again.

Much like we do with so much that enters the workshops.

Dave has just informed me the Steam Railway mag is out with the article about maintaining Mk1 carriages. The article features the railway and from the hits on the blog last night I suspect it references this blog in some way. We had over 500 hits in one hour usually its about 50! So if you are a new reader welcome, enjoy and I hope you visit this site and the railway again.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Saturday - More shunting and another change

Report by Dave Clark

Lots going on today, including more shunting to swap the Santa and History (V.I.C.) coaches, and also some brief runs with the Chocolate&Cream rake for testing. Some of the buffer heights in the rake weren't level and as such FK 13337 "Gillian" was removed and FK 13329 restored to its old position at the north end.

The end of the Paintshop showing the vast amount of accumulated stuff for TSO 5023, comprising almost everything on the trestles, all the doors and panelling, and buried in the corner, nearly all the seating. The lamp is for Toddington, not Winchcombe as I previously reported.

We quickly got going on the Model Railway coach. John Hawkins works on the door edges, removing the last of that horrible yellow tape.

Alex taped up the new upper line on the Cotswold side of the coach which allowed undercoating to start in earnest.

Dad Tony started on the upper panels, while John Hughes and Jim worked on the south end. Alex makes his way round the coach to tape up the Malvern side and later in the day udercoating began there too.

Malcolm got going on the cleaned-up roof with the black high build paint.

An apt title for this photo, with apologies to Pink Floyd, could be "Another wreck in the stall".  With the three Cotswold side doors locked out of use (note the window notices), SK 25743 has been brought in to attempt to make two of them workable and at the same time do a quick tidy-up job on the bodywork. With Geoge sanding down the faded paintwork, and Stuart and John Hawkins reaming out the cracks, bulges and other rusty bits, the SK did indeed look a wreck by the end of the day.

With the new planking now ordered, Steve and Derek discuss the next steps with the repair to the Cotswold side of the grey LNWR van.

Enjoying the sunshine Ken begins cleaning up a spare RBr gas bottle container.

In complete contrast Dave Dron is busy in the Upholstery workshop sorting out some horsehair seat filling.

Dennis Brown and Paul Ellis carried on with the extensions to the compressed air system in the Paintshop, and Upholstery and Woodwork shops, almost completing it by the end of the day. We just need some new gauges to finish the job.

John Squires was once again cutting the appropriate lengths of pipe and adding the threads.

More shunting juggling to position the History Coach in the Platform 1 Bay and the Santa Coach to its new location alongside the Works. Both coaches were later connected to power sources for frost control. The Fruit C van awaits in Platform 2 before being returned to the Bay platform in front of the History Coach.

The highly satisfying sight of another job (very) well done! It's hard to believe that just a short time ago this was a Royal Mail liveried coach that had originally contained our Upholstery workshop and storage.

With the coach in position, this is one of a number of photos taken that will be used with respect to purchasing suitable ramps.

Alex and I spent the afternoon cleaning the windows and tidying up bits of paintwork (Dennis Richards used my phone camera to capture us).

The completed interior, showing the Timeline

and Map ends respectively,

and the new lino which matches the paintwork very well.
A sample board showing the design that will be used for the Railway Map.