Report by Devouring Dave Clark
you'll see why the new nickname at the end of the blog!
Another good number in, even with some of our Thursday regulars missing. We did
quite a bit of tidying up, including moving the remaining plywood and other
off-cuts into the completed wood container, as well as some rubbish clearance
outside on the track side of the Workshop.
We're now in the final stages of the restoration of TSO 5023. John
Hamer is busy checking the batteries on this side of the coach. After topping
up with distilled water and putting them on charge, he found that all bar one
will be satisfactory.
Inside the coach, Cheryl and Alan are busy cleaning table tops and the
Ron pauses in his vacuuming for the photographer. By the end of the
day, all was completed inside, bar cleaning and sealing the floor.
Externally no matter how carefully you check, you still find the
odd bit that needs a little more paint. Richard
and Clive are improving the
black work where required. There is still an issue with one of the doorway
seals which hopefully can be resolved on Saturday.
the Workshop Pete Lucas, having done further sanding down on the Malvern side
of FO 3132, proceeds to grey up where he can. With windows still to be removed
or put back, it will be a while before this side can have a blanket covering of
Ken continues to make new straps for the toilet outlet pipes (ref Weds
blog). The yellow circular block is the former.
Phil is still busy setting up the new storage shelving - we will now
have storage at both ends of the Workshop.
Some of the new shelving in place, with Phil, Alan and Ron. Hard to
believe this area was once where all our woodworking was done.
and Jim busy priming the large number of planks that have been cut for the
rebuild of the BR van, once all the storage in there has been relocated. By the
end of the day, this area was literally a sea of white planking.
Still bits to sand on the Shark ballast plough, with Robin, and later
Clive and Richard all helping out.
Earlier on Richard vacuumed the roof of the Shark to remove the dust.
This will be repainted and the missing water run-off strips reinstated. The
beading around the roof edges is also a bit suspect and will generally need
With the rain holding off, it was a good chance to resume work on the
Gunpowder Van and get the vehicle completed. Malcolm treats the edge of the roof
with red oxide, while Dave and Bob at either end of the van clean up the sole
bar and under the frame.
Robin once again spoiled us with his delicious home-made ginger
shortbread. Rumours that I ate three pieces are totally true!