Report by Dave Clark
It really was back to normal this weekend with a lot going on. Except we
also had a very enjoyable visit by 15 members of the Malvern Civic
Society, the first of a number of tours by visiting groups over
the next 2 weeks and there was still one spam can to watch go past.
First job of the day was to shift the Broadway furniture
away from the Upholstery hoist area in the entrance hall to the
new storage part of the Workshop. It will remain here until the
Woodwork team can do the necessary repairs.
There was much concentration on FO 3132 today. Having fitted the water tank above last week; Ian removed the corrugated floor base inside the south vestibule .
A view of the cleared vestibule.
We have had problems with releasing the two base arms from the corridor connection before.
Once again its proved easier to take them out with the connection.
So on a later visit to the Barn I found that the end was off and supported on the hoist with the arms attached.
The full extent of the repair work
required at this end can now be clearly seen.
Just around the corner on the Cotswold side, John Osborn
and Richard Stone assist with the removal of another window. I'm not sure who was on the inside.
Further along on another window cavity, James is cleaning
up the central supports for the window frame base bar.
The end result with the new z-bar now welded on.
At the north end John Squires is
measuring up for the required strips of replacement sheet metal at
the base of another window. We have a huge amount to do on 3132,
but we are steadily getting there!
In the Workshop, Steve was slowly winning his fight with
the central door. The problem was the draught excluder - although
correctly fitted, it was preventing complete door closure. After a
degree of adjustment the battle was won and the door now shuts
as it should.
At the end of the day, the penultimate door was quickly
put back on. It shut perfectly!
In the Paintshop, second top coating of the two
sides of the Santa coach is progressing very well, with Tony and
Alex Caulfield on the Cotswold side
and Bob on the Malvern side.
Ainsley completed the preparation and
final black glossing on the north end of the coach. This just
leaves the high parts (requiring the scaffold), lamp brackets, and
corridor end doors to paint to complete both ends.
The south end Malvern side door step was removed by Andy.
We have a number of prepared steps to replace both this and the
one at the opposite end. The steps on the Cotswold side aren't
used and will simply be cosmetically restored.
In the Barn the Toad guards van is rapidly changing colour
as more undercoat Light Grey is added by George and Richard Stone.
Our dedicated Saturday Upholstery team, Jenny, John, Penny
and Dave, busy once again and doing a great job re-covering more
Once the new seats start to go in, the DMU interior
should steadily begin to look a lot better.
Our replacement bogies for the Santa and
Model Railway coaches have now arrived. While not suitable for
normal running, they will be ideal for the limited station-to-yard
movements, in effect all that will be required for these two
Andy cleaning more of the recently purchased window
Alex, Tony, Andy and George enjoying the morning tea break
in the sun.
Well who wants to sit in the
Mess Room when you can have a grandstand view of this!