Saturday, 26 September 2015

Saturday -DMU Progess and more

With 26 signed in today it was busy in most areas.

The main focus still remains the interior of the  green DMU centre carriage. The toilet and corridor floors were re-laid first thing this morning.

With that area out until the flooring had time to go off Steve took the opportunity to re hand one of the interior door.

Later in the day he discovered that one of the ceiling panels was broken so made a new section which he just had time to fit before the end of the day.

I doubt that Bob would have had time to prime it. However, he did do a large swathe of the ceiling in top coat.

Malcolm cleaned off the markers having completed that section of painting

before moving on to do more painting on the Shark.

There was some final finishing work on the out side of the DMU. A last bit of lining out and all the door bumpers.

Alex and dad Tony at work.

Dave was focused on the corridor connections. Here working on the north end entrance floor that was rotten.

while Ainsley worked on the sole bar. Its hard on the knees.


The upholstery team continued with the mammoth DMU seat challenge collection several more from the train at lunch time.

Its always gives a good opportunity to watch the train pass.

The seats did cause some head scratching during the afternoon as the spring on this seat are not of standard DMU origins. They don't quite fit as they should.

James was welding the final sections of panelling back on the south end of FO 3132

 Ian I removed the corridor connection from the north end Ian continued here by removing the chequer plate.

and then much of the rusty sections of the metal.

This end is now ready for the crash pillars to be repaired.

John Osborn was busy making some more spring spacers

and also made some backing plates for the door lock mounting bolts for the FO doors.

Paul and Phil was checking out and cleaning more window sliders

and Phil also reconfigured more Dexion shelving for the barn

Friday, 25 September 2015

Thursday - Getting There

Report by Dave Clark

Phil kicks off the day this time, giving a coating of preservative to the underside of the new floor for the south end of FO 3132. This was followed up by coatings to the new floor boarding of the former P'Way van, before returning to setting up the final area of our new storage area.

Martin Levie was back in again, having stayed at a local B&B. Living on the far side of Surrey he is the remotest C&W volunteer. He begins his day stripping another of 3132's doors.

Later on, Tony took over and having once again produced the lovely "rainbow" swirls which in effect show the vehicle paint history.

He completed the job by applying an initial coat of light undercoat grey. The door is now ready for the Door team to begin their refurbishment.

Martin switched then back to painting
the seat frames that he cleaned yesterday from the DMU Centre Car.

In the Barn, Malcolm Dickson pad sands along the side of the blue power car roof.

While Dave Hancox does the same along the Malvern side of the vehicle. Most, if not all, of the preparation will have been completed by the time this comes into the Paintshop after the Centre Car.

Robin was back on the Shark again, continuing with top coating in both the Freight Brown and the light cream paint.

Cheryl (having ducked out of shot!) completed the bottom line on the Malvern side of the Centre Car.

Later in the day Richard Hoy, having completed some painting on the south corridor end, removes the remaining base tape from the upper line on the same side ready for painting.

In the small south compartment Alan and Ron put up some more of the laminate. It's a tricky process, as Dennis found on Tuesday when doing the large north compartment, but they did an excellent job and it certainly resolves the problem of the sticky panels.

In the small north compartment Pete Lucas completed all the required sanding of the window and corridor door frames, and then began the undercoating.

In the main north compartment, Bob top coated the ceiling and Jeff top coated the remaining undercoated frames.

The new floor in the two toilet compartments and corridor was screeded by Bob Webb, our flooring contractor. The new lino will go down on Saturday.

At the end of the day, a last survey of the main north compartment, now almost completed.

There's still some way to go with the Centre Car, but we are certainly getting there.

Can you ever get tired of looking at this view, especially at the end of a gorgeous day? I couldn't resist taking this shot once again as I walked across the bridge with a possible new volunteer for C&W - his wife waits patiently on the platform.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Wednesday - Pick a door seat or window

Any door or doorway would do. Indeed you could start at the very beginning.

Colin measuring up to make the mortise for a new door frame.

 Paul was working on the first of the doors from FO 3132 refiitting the scissor window mechanism.

Then starting on a final fit of the wood panels.

The lower panel clamped in place.

Craig was working on the second door. Again fitting the top panel.

However, there was no window scissors in the door. This was one of centre doors which were locked out of use and with the window shut tight. We are reactivating these doors.

So having retrieved one from the stores it was passed to Ralph for a clean up and regrease.

With work progressing well on the first 2 doors Ralph prepared the third door to come off.

With assistance form Martin and myself the door was lifted off the hinges and Martin started on the clean up. We can reuse 2 of the panels.

Eddie and Dave Ward contemplate the box van. Now free from its role as our store room the replanking it originally came in for can resume.

That's the door tied back to stop it flapping around!

They decided to do the floor first. Well its something safe to stand on! So Dave, with assistance, got two big sheets of ply to lay over the existing floor. He also got athird to make a new section for the FO's north end vestibule. I had just removed the old floor ready for welding repairs on the end.

You may call this lining out but Russ has to deal with every door along the side while doing the tapping up.

As for seats Martin continued the prep and painting of the DMU seat frames.

While John Hill completed another seat base. Job done we took another 8 completed backs and basses up the station and loaded them on the DMU collection another 6 for repairing.

Inside the DMU the emphasis was on the window surrounds

Trevor (right) and Dave (below)

picking their window and painting

You could say we were flushed with our success.

Especially with the walls of the Loos all painted ready for the floor to be re laid.

Its just that that's one seat we haven't refitted yet!

In the FO Steve Smith fitted and tested his patent new low voltage strip light. Just 24 volts so no inverters required and the light output was very well matched to the standard strip light.