Report by Dave Clark
The first day of the Diesel Gala turned out to be somewhat wet
and, with it also being a Friday, our visitors were just a steady
trickle throughout the day. However it was still very enjoyable
doing tours for those that did appear, and with time to spare we
also did some work. An added bonus was the excellent breakfast bap
stall by the station!
The first job of the day was to complete the preparations
for our visitors, which included a major vacuum session around the
Paintshop, all of which kept Richard Hoy, Pete Lucas and myself
busy for an hour or so.
The displays in the Paintshop.
Richard Stone added more white top coat where
required on the Toad brake van,
after initially wiping over the hand
rails, before applying the paint.
Richard Johnson applied the transfers
around the van. The position of each is carefully measured.
The transfer with backing paper is very carefully applied.
After pressing the transfer down hard, the backing paper
is carefully removed.
Leaving a good clean and very attractive result
John Squires made out a template for the
bolt positions of the top wooden sections of the corridor
connection on FO 3132.
Richard Hoy top coated his previous day's work on the
repaired middle door on the Malvern side of TSO 5023.
Meanwhile the day grew wetter and wetter.
Maintenance Gang were also in preparing the freight train for a
forthcoming photo charter. John Appleton returns for some tools
while Martin Thornley makes his way down the yard to join the
The remaining photos were taken by Stuart
In the pouring rain, the Maintenance gang spent the
morning inspecting the wagons,
oiling, checking brakes and
refitting vacuum pipe seals.
The brake ratchet mechanism under one of the GW vans,
which Stuart had to free with a bar. Not an easy job because it is
inside the underframe as opposed to the more standard ratchets or
pin holes on the handle as used for BR and other regions wagons.