Report by Dave Clark
A wrap-up of the mid-week days (while I was away on holiday). On
Tuesday we were back to double figures again with 12 in
attendance, after a long period with often no more than 5 or 6,
while Thursday had over 20 attending.
With Richard Stone now doing up to 4 days per week, and
with much help with new plank preparation, we are making great
progress with the Shark ballast plough. Both of the verandas have now
been re-planked on
the Cotswold side, and as can be seen, Richard is well
into the north end, while in the background Clive continues the
sanding down started by Malcolm Baker on Tuesday.
The hard wood backing plate for one of the south end
buffers is being replaced. Phil applies preservative to the new wood
while the associated metal plate has been coated in oxide.
Back to sanding yet again, Tony works on another door from
There was a major push with the DMU centre car this week.
On Wednesday a superb effort was made with all of the Cotswold
side given a light, vertical sanding down (we intend to go
straight to top coat as far as possible).
On Thursday Malcolm
Dickson was back on the roof applying etch primer, while Richard
Hoy and Bob Keyte sanded down the Malvern side and Jim Price, Pete Lucas and
myself were working on the door frames and edges on the Cotswold
Paul protecting the floor of the DMU car
with plastic sheeting.
Well, we've all heard of synchronised swimming, so why not
the same with sanding?! Roger and Ron busy cleaning up paper towel
holders for TSO 5023 - these were later varnished.
TSO 5023 external painting is nearing the end. On Tuesday
Rod uses one of his little gauges to mark out the three parts of
the lower line on the Malvern side prior to taping up and
painting, while further along the coach Richard Hoy was busy with
the top line.
By Thursday, a lot had been done and Jeff and Cheryl are
taping up prior to adding yet more paint. Not pictured on the
Cotswold side, Maurice Miles was putting back the grab handles and
then painting door handles, door stops and the tops of the
droplights, as well as tidying up some of the lining out where
Cheryl painted the final top coat of
light grey on the south end compartment door.
Which Steve fitted two days later.
John Hughes completed the painting on the north end
corridor connection, including some further work on the connection
The south compartment fitting out is also nearly
completed, with Roger, John Hughes and Ron installing more seating..
Regular readers will know exactly what Dave and Vivian are
working on. Suffice to say that the south end DMU power car is now
looking very much better internally!
Dennis Stevens fits the protective frame
(made by John Osborn) over the control panel for the Workshop
ventilation system. He later painted the frame yellow.
Later in the day he completed the repainting of the two
containers alongside the Workshop. Just need to get rid of that
old van body now.
Another job completed on Tuesday by Rod and myself was the
top-coating in GW Brown of the lower sections of the new ramps by
the Discovery Coach. They now blend in a lot better with the
The Toad brake van was shunted back to its old home in
Platform 2 bay on Wednesday.
The newly refurbished trio of the
Toad, LNWR van and gunpowder van look splendid. The white MICA van
is also due to have a partial refurbishment to replace some rotten