Friday, 3 July 2015

Thursday - It Rained!

Report by Dave Clark

Well it did for a while in the afternoon, otherwise it was another very sticky day, with all the doors of the Works open for a good blow through.

Wednesday's blog ended with a question from the Cotswold Steam Preservation group. What happened to all the bits of clothes shop dummies that were rejected from the Discovery Coach display? Well, here's the answer, and can you spot the odd one out?!

Richard Hoy put a third and final coat of paint on the LNWR van doors.

With pre-treated timber, sealed joints on this (the "weather") side, and a very good covering of paint, let's hope this van lasts a lot longer this time.


Bob Webb and his work partner were back to put the new lino in the end vestibules of TSO 5023, initially creating templates using brown paper.


Job done, leaving both vestibules looking very smart - the north end is pictured.

Most for the Cotswold side of 5023 has had its initial top coat, leaving just the doors and frames to complete. Pete Lucas works on the centre door frame, tidying up the areas that had been shaved to get the best fit, before adding more undercoat.


On the Malvern side, Jeff began his day by giving all the undercoated area a light sand, before he and Richard Hoy top coated the remaining windows.

When Bob Keyte got going he top coated all the panels top and bottom on this side, with me doing the north end section. This again just leaves the doors and door frames.


Maurice Miles had a good day, almost completing all the black painting on the south end. The dark grey undercoat proved to be ideal under the black gloss, rather than making do with our universal light grey.


The large pile of seating for 5023 is gradually shrinking as Paul continues his cleaning job. As before, the resulting bucket of waste water was very black.

The roof of FO 3132 is coming on well, with Malcolm adding more etch primer to the Cotswold side.

As this coach will be in chocolate & cream livery, top coating the roof in GW Flint Grey will soon be underway.


From the top to the bottom, with Phil Salter working on the vacuum cylinder underneath the coach.


With metalwork repairs done and window re-instating well underway on the Cotswold side, the concentration is now on the Malvern side.

With this window extracted, John Osborn is busy cleaning up another corner in the sheet metal panelling.

Filling and sanding continued on the Cotswold side of 3132 with Dave Hancox taking over the job.

It all looks a mess at the moment, but an application of light grey undercoat will soon bring this side together.

Banished to the outside? No - Tony just wanted some fresh air as he began cleaning up yet another of 3132 extracted windows.

Where necessary, the sliders are also being removed from the window frames to allow both them and the window groove to have a thorough clean.


Earlier in the day Robin was cleaning up and repainting the little shelves from SK 25451.


Inside 25451, John Hamer and Roger investigate another suspect section of metal frame at the base of the extracted window, made more obvious now that the inner wood surround and interior panelling have been removed.


A look in the next compartment, with a new bottom section of wood framing ready to be attached. All the hardwood frames for both windows and doors are made by our Woodwork Team.

Testing the leaking crown of the tank filler pipes on 25451. Also a good way to cool off in this sticky weather!


Our Maintenance team were working on the Third Rake in preparation for the 3-day diesel gala at the end of the month. Mark Kasprowicz (and Ted Ellis) removed the grills from some of the windows in BG 81039 to enable more of the doors to be opened from inside the coach. This temporary brake coach will be a through route for passengers when an extra coach is added to the end of the rake.


Further along in the RMB, Stu Hamilton is tightening some of the formica retaining strips opposite the serving hatch.


John Appleton, who heads the team, is busy checking the oil levels in the axle boxes.


Even in the rain, the view from the footbridge of Winchcombe Station, our C&W Works, and the Cotswold escarpment is still one of my favourites.


john mayell said...

great progress on 3rd Rake but why is the Discovery coach held up . whose idea was it to have Dummys in the coach when space is at a premium .don't forget to have GWR benches inside for kids to sit on . If it rains the WW2 schools can have a dry lunch as well,whilst learning more about our wonderful heritage railway. john Mayell

Alex said...

The dummy is for the guard's compartment so will lose very little space. The discovery coach is coming along well, gradually filling up with various excellent things.

Perhaps here is not the best place for this conversation? It's not even supposed to be C+W doing the inside at all! Whatever happens, when it opens it will look excellent and be a great place to learn more about our railway.