Report by Dave Clark
Almost back to double figures again with 9 in. The day also
produced some of the hidden talents in C&W.
Cheryl was in and busy top coating one of the Malvern side
doors on TSO 5023. She has been much missed and it was great to
see her back again.
Malcolm Baker did a number of painting jobs on
5023, which included some black glossing
and painting two of the
Alex reinstated the "L N W R" on the rebuilt Cotswold side
of the van, first carefully positioning and securing the four
letter templates, and then drawing around each one.
The templates were then removed and the marked areas taped
up as far as possible.
Initial undercoating was soon followed by
two top coats, which is not normally possible, but with yet
another warm day the paint was drying very quickly.
With the tape removed, Alex tidied up odd
bits of the lettering as required to leave a very smart looking
The three door securing bolts and chains for this side of
the van were cleaned, primed and then top coated by Dennis.
with the paint drying very quickly, it was possible to fit these
by the end of the day (as can be seen in the previous photo).
With a new tin of GW Grey now available, George was back
in his element adding a second top coat to the GW Toad brake van.
The morning tea break was made very pleasant by the
appearance of some delicious chocolate caramel shortbread that
Alex had made.
and some wonderful pen and watercolour drawings done by
No wonder he enjoys painting best of all!
With Dave and Penny on holiday, it was
just Vivian in the Upholstery shop, stripping down another DMU
Ainsley and John Hughes, later joined by Dennis,
completed another session of sanding and filling on FO 3132.
large area on the Cotswold side is now almost ready for an initial
covering of undercoat Light Grey.
Finally, a view of the new wheelchair access ramps for the
Discovery Coach, which had been installed the day before.