Friday, 4 September 2015

Double day - Wednesday and Thursday

Wednesday Report by Dave Clark

A very successful day, with the DMU centre car and Shark ballast plough progressing in leaps and bounds.

The top coating of the DMU centre car body sides is now complete. The lining out has been left until we have painted the insides of all the doors (it allows more time for the body side paint to harden). Russ, Des, Trevor and myself finished off the removal of the old door safety labels, lightly sanding the area afterwards to give as smooth a finish as possible.

By the end of the day, the upper halves of every door on both sides had received a coating of undercoat cream.

Meanwhile, Nick Evetts set about the task of fixing the badly corroded top of the south end corridor connection. Some of the cut away pieces of rusted metal clearly show how bad the corrosion was.

Thankfully the metal plating on the coach end was in relatively good condition.

Nick used the underlying curved wood section of the bellows to act as a template to enable him to correctly shape the new metal cover.

This was then welded onto the curved flat base plate that he had also prepared, and the whole thing then fitted and riveted to the end of the coach to re-attach the bellows.

The long bolt (which will be cut to size) currently holds the wood section and canvas - further bolts will be added and the whole lot drawn up to create a tight fit. The new metal will be primed and sealant added to make the fitting watertight.

Progress on the Shark was also very good. With the cabin cleared out by Clive on Saturday, Richard cleans up the old paintwork ready for fresh paint.

Richard also finished drilling the metal base plate on the Malvern side south entrance prior to fitting the new wood block.

John Hill had a large delivery of foam, both the large folded pieces in the foreground and the pre-cut sections in the rack behind. The fun was getting the former up on top of the rack. Foam pieces do not slide, so everything has to be rolled, heaved up and allowed to unroll into place. However, each then requires a fair amount of shaking to complete the job!
Below, in the woodwork shop, it was more like work as normal as Paul Cowburn carefully checks his newly made door panel.

Eddie and Colin Pierce were preparing to make some more internal hardwood door bases.

Taking a well-earned break from his big railway duties, Tony was back cleaning up another of the windows removed from FO 3132. The windows are removed to allow welding repairs on the body sides.

Also in the Workshop Steve Smith was busy checking coach lighting equipment.

More useful clearance and tidying up involved Maurice sorting out several trolley loads of wood offcuts. Much of this is hardwood and is thus retained for use as required.

Work continued apace on Thursday with another 20+ volunteers in attendance.

An early job for Dave was a tidy up after Nick's rust removal and repairs necessarily carried out in the paintshop.

Sometimes priorities require some flexibility!

Then it was back to painting. This being a spring placement template.

We have developed a number of 'measuring sticks'. They give quick and easy checks of settings without reference to the detailed measurements and tape measure.

Another tidy up was also going on with Richard Hoy

and Bob cleaning and touching up round the door and grab handles

The interior is getting an extensive make over with the 1980's BR makeover to blue and grey being largely reverted to the original cream paintwork.

Alan and Ron above and here Roger, having dashed off and returned from a meet and greet duty, removing layers of old cracked and flaking paint before re priming and undercoating.

We are also repainting all the seat frames as they have been removed to provide better access.

In the barn Ken was working the route indicator housing of the blue DMU Motor car.

I have also done some more rust repairs in the sides but both Guards doors will have to come off . One to be remounted and stop the bottom sticking on the floor.

The other the door doesn't stick but only because the bottom of the door no longer exists.

It was a question of Deja Vu in the Shark today. In one corner, undercoating in brown, was Dave Hancox

 the diagonally opposite corner was Robin doing the same.

Work on FO 3132 was restricted to Michael repainting window frames.

In the workshop Phil

and Paul continued their sterling efforts at organising the new storage facilities.

Everyone make sure you keep it tidy of risk their wrath!

Also in the workshop John Varley started on the mammoth door rebuilding job for BSK 34929. There are 14 doors and if the first 3 are anything to go by it will be along job.

 John also make up a set cable routing stakes for S&T. They are to be installed at Cheltenham. This is just some of them.

I had the opportunity for a ride on the DMU myself today, thanks Clive, so a few different pictures to finish today.

Into the tunnel with a view not seen from the steam and diesel hauled trains.

The curve of the tunnel is very apparent.

Down the very straight straight. Well done P'Way.

Returning back out of the tunnel to Winchcombe.




Eric O said...

Re your experimental LED lighting replacement for fluorescent tubes, I've seen something similar by Osram called SubstiTUBE (ouch) No idea if it's value for money though...

The C and W Dept Blog of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway said...

Propitiatory tubes are 240v straight replacements for tubes Steve is looking to create 24v tubes removing the need for the old investors that are fitted. It comes to a question of how much you trust 60 year old electrical fittings?