With most of us still on a high after such a great Gala weekend, normality definitely returned with some great progress. The Santa coach has lost its patchy appearance with all the preparation fast disappearing under paint, and the same could be said of the LNWR van and Toad brake van. The appearance of TSO 5023 both internally and externally is also improving rapidly.
Jeff spent the morning black glossing the south end of the Santa coach, leaving just the area above the corridor connection which requires a scaffold.
Whoops! We started glossing the Cotswold side of the coach and then I remembered we hadn't given it a light rub down first! Pete races ahead of Jim with 120 sandpaper.
Later in the day, with their reflections clearly showing, Jim and Alex were on their way to almost completing the first of the two maroon topcoats. A small area remains to be done at the north end.
On the Malvern side, Bob completed the first top coat where still needed, and then gave what he had done last Saturday a light rub down before starting on the second coat.
At the north end Richard Hoy vacuums up any remaining dust before coating that in black gloss.
With his work on the Santa coach completed, Pete transferred to the LNWR van where he repaired part of the door frame.
A change of colour for Alex, when he similarly moved onto the van, completing the first top coat on the south end and then painting the completed half of the Cotswold side.
In the Workshop, John pauses his welding on the final wood storage frame to allow me to take his picture.
TSO 5023 continues to make good progress with Alan and Roger completing their rebuilding of the north end toilet compartments.
Later they varnished the panelling in the central vestibule.
John Hamer was having a battle with the right hand capping strip on the Malvern side, south end door frame, trying to get it to fit properly within the rebate on the curved wooden pillar.
Moving into the Barn, more progress with FO 3132. Malcolm, with harness securely attached, walks along the roof to where he was last chipping off old roof paint. As anyone working on metal roofs will testify, the kneeling pad in his left hand is a very necessary aid.
Inside the coach Paul vacuums throughout to keep down the dust and debris from the various restoration activities.
More progress with undercoating the GW Toad, with both Robin
and Dave Hancox busy. Much of the this has now been completed, and once done we will tackle the roof re-covering before adding the top coat.
We have received four somewhat battered pieces of furniture from the Broadway Group, which we have been asked to restore as far as possible. It wasn't long before some wag added this note, giving us all a good laugh.
Fear not, the note has been removed because you never know!
We look forward to seeing just what can be done with these pieces over the weeks ahead.