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
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
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
With this window extracted, John Osborn is busy
cleaning up another corner in the sheet metal panelling.
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
Banished to the outside? No - Tony just
wanted some fresh air as he began cleaning up yet another of 3132
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
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.