Thursday, 27 August 2015

Wednesday's working words

With some very separate activities undertaken today it was hard to think of us a one team but eventually they will all come together. Its a matter of mutual support.

A phone call from Stuart who works both with the drainage team and the C&W Maintenance team had the upholstery team grabbing the trolley to swap seats, new for old on the platform as the DMU waited for its return journey to Toddington.

A 9 seat swap and later having fitted the new one Stuart brought 2 more in.

On to the next batch!


Alex you need to speak to your union rep! Left all alone completing the first top coat on the Cotswold side.

while there were 4 on the other side also doing the first top coat.

Maurice with a pile of painting. A large batch of planking for the stores van all ready for priming.

Although we have started painting the DMU there is a lot of repair work to do on the ends around the corridor connections.

A section of  metal, disappeared by the rust mite. both sides and above the corridor connects have suffered.

as we don't have the time available to strip the carriage down for a welding repair Ken fabricated a replacement section

and managed to bolt it in place.

We will have to fill over the join making it water proof and drastically improving the visual appearance.

Rod was also working on the corner of this end here dealing with a small hole.

Almost co-ordinated work as Trevor was doing something similar with a couple of spots on the blue DMU motor car in the barn.

He also completed the clean up of the interior panels removing all the old discoloured glue and revealing the original panels.

We also managed to identify a method for dealing with the split and missing sections of the top sections.


Being a Wednesday the wood workers were in in force .

Dave Ward and Eddie making frame sections

Colin making and assembling a door frame ready for BSK 34929.

Eddie with the glue assembling a frame for the Discovery carriage guards compartment.

Steve started making the replacement floor s for the two DMU toilets. the outer frame in place for the first one.


 A new finger board goes on the first of the doors for 3132

while a new mount bracket is fixed to the second door.

The lazy tongues for the window are fixed to this bracket once they have been degreased and re oiled. Another of the less desirable jobs for the day.

We also got final sign off for the door operation of 5023 after Russ completed the re paint of the inner door jam after we had removed a bit more wood at the week-end.

There was a question of the insert strip we use for window tracks. there are 2 possible sections.

This from
COH Baines Ltd
Unit 3
Buckingham House
Longfield Road
Tunbridge Wells

Its universal window channel VCR 4.75 mm

This is from

I&C Wooolstenholmes Ltd
Whitley Way Northfields Industrial Estate
Market Deeping

It fits the window track very well.

Sorry I don't have areference.


Reducing the power load on the carriage batteries with LED lighting is something all railways are investigating in various ways.

Steve (the Prof) has designed a 24v LED strip light and here is setting up the prototype for a test fitting

 and fitted in the unit. it needs a little adjustment. its a fraction long so next time we might well be able to turn it on and see the lighting effect.


Nick was busy today on the Cheltenham end of 3132 removing the remains of two rusted crash pillars and the distorted base plate then cutting and preparing new steel section and welding it all back together.

the corner, seen here, is awaiting the new parts. I really should have taken a picture of the finished piece. Maybe Saturday before it all gets covered up with new body plates!


Finally Richard was in for the morning making more progress with the wood replacement program on the Shark.

Some of the hand rails had to be removed and Ken applied a little heat VERY CAREFULLY! to release a stubbon nut.

And having made suitable progress he put out an appeal for some assistance with the painting.

Hence the title for the day. The words penned by Richard appealing for help.

                                                 We have no time to stand and stare
                                                 but could you sand or help prepare?
                                                 Could you paint some undercoat dark
                                                 To help me with this shabby shark
                                                 To paint is art and such a skill
                                                 That I don't have
                                                                   and never will.

Very Good Richard, you only had to ask I'm sure someone will get it done.

1 comment:

Bob said...

Thank you for taking the time to get me the details for the window-channel felts; appreciated!