Saturday, 31 October 2015

Thursday - Stripping down and clearing out

Report by Dave Clark

Eighteen of us in today and nearly all the concentration was on the blue power car 51360 and SK 25451.

Inside 51360, Richard Hoy, John Hughes and Jeff were scraping and sanding down the window frames to which I had applied paint stripper the day before. Unlike the internal window frames in the DMU centre car which had ingrained paint, we may be able to get these cleaned up enough to varnish them.

Steve replaced the lower part of the frame in this door way, one of several requiring this type of repair.

It was back to doors yet again, with Dave Hancox, Steve and myself working on them. Several are closing with minimal clearance and thus the door edges and frames require a lot more grinding and sanding down before they can be successfully painted.

The first paint goes on! Having already sugar soaped the ceiling in the guards/luggage compartment of 51360, Bob got going with the white undercoat.

The big strip of SK 25451 continued with the internal compartments gradually being cleared out to enable all the various repairs to be completed. Roger with one of the racks.

Paul removes the various components from the toilet doors which,

along with the bins and vents, were repainted in silver Hammerite.

In the Paintshop, Robin varnishes cupboard doors from the end vestibules. Also varnished were edging strips, while ceiling panels also from the vestibules were repainted.

By the end of the day there was quite an array of stuff from the SK in the area reserved for all this.

It is really great to have all this available space after years of littering the Workshop Malvern-side wall, which at times used to make any work on that side of a coach very difficult.

Repair work is already underway as Ken carefully cuts out some small pieces of sheet metal to repair some of the roof cowls that have corroded badly.

Not much of a template to work from!

Other work was of course going on, and John Varley continues the repairs to the door skin from one of BSK 34929's doors.

Dennis Richards tagging and recording extension cables, all adding to the important aspects of our record keeping.

In the Barn John Hamer discusses the bogie dismantling and repairs with Phil and John Varley.

Giving some much needed shelter to the "Wartime in the Cotswolds" team. Dave Miles and C&W's Ainsley Quilley paint some new barrier poles.

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