Report by Dave Clark
A busy Saturday for C&W, but compared with the summer Diesel Gala, this was
a much quieter weekend with respect to the number of Gala visitors around the
The first job for Saturday was to complete the preparations for the
Gala visitors to the Works, finalising the displays and putting up the final
bits of chequered tape and hazard notices.
In the Upholstery shop, all that could be heard was the electric bread knife as John Hill carefully shaped a piece of foam
and Dave Dron stapling canvas onto another DMU seat back.
Penny was busy sewing a length of piping onto a new seat cover.
In the DMU centre car, Ian and Paul Ellis refitted all the seat frames.
Unfortunately some of the seat backs have disappeared into the refurbishment
cycle, so not all the seats will be immediately usable when the car goes back
into service and will have to be completed retrospectively.
Sunday afternoon Stuart Hamilton (who has been actively involved with the DMU seat
refitting) and Alex retrieved two seat backs from Toddington, thus making two
more double seats available.
The mystery of the missing seat was also solved. This had been taken
out some time ago when space was needed for OTC to trial a trolley service on
Although the south corridor floor had been partially sorted out, there
was insufficient clearance for the door when it was refitted. As such Steve
redid the job and, by the end of the day, the door was back on and opening
without any problems.
Bob Keyte completed the internal painting with the final areas of
ceiling now top coated.
Paul Ellis and Maurice Miles took on more of the window cleaning. Just
a bit more needed and this job will also be completed.
On the Shark ballast plough Richard to applied the transfers, with a local name represented this time.
Also on the Shark, Alex added some further top cream coat to the window frames and completed some missing black painting on the upper sections of the north end.
With very few Gala visitors appearing during Sunday morning, it gave us a chance to do some work. Richard Stone sorted out the old chimney exit in the cabin roof, blocking the hole inside with a new piece of plywood and later adding a square of canvas on the roof to improve the existing seal.
to the skin of one of the doors from BSK 34929 continued with James test
fitting another piece of sheet metal prior to welding it in.
On the Malvern side of FO 3132, John Osborn pauses for the photo before
resuming the removal of another section of corroded under-window sheet metal.
The new corner has already been welded in and cleaned up.
Normally working on Wednesdays, Nick Evetts was in on Saturday and completed another section of crash pillar replacement on the north end of FO 3132.
In the Barn, George improves the front end of the blue power car with
more filler, while Malcolm cheekily peers over the top to see what I am doing.
Malcolm was busy roof painting further back along the vehicle.
At the north end of the power car, Phil Jones applies some bridging
filler to one of the treated rust holes.
in the Barn, SK 25341 has temporarily replaced SK 25451 on the jack road so
that a steam leak could be fixed. John Squires, with help from Ken and James,
is in the final stages of tightening up the nuts and seals on the new length of
What the weekend was all about, with 45149 (formerly D135) leaving for