Report by Dave Clark
Another wet, soggy day but the full tearoom meant another good crowd in.
Starting off with the DMU power car, Chris sorted out the sticking driving cab door on the Cotswold side enabling it to be undercoated later on.
While this was going on, Alex was busy undercoating on the Malvern side. The popularity for this colour increases with tongue-in-cheek comments like, "Couldn't we leave it like this and just stick the transfers on?".
At the north end Pam begins cleaning up one of the exhaust pipes. These were later finished by Alex when Pam moved back into the Workshop.
Inside the DMU, Eddie and Steve discuss the best way to attach the new veneer panelling when it arrives.
Some of the metal ribbing and panels under the cladding are quite rusty and as such are being cleaned up and coated in red oxide.
Steve repaired the upper part of the door frame into the guards/luggage
compartment on the Cotswold side and sorted out the tight-fitting double doors,
before moving into the main compartment to begin ceiling repairs.
loves her! Ria waits patiently while owner Eddie is in discussion about wood
repairs inside SK 25451.
At the north end of the coach John Squires does battle with the removal of the pipework attachments on the roof.
Sorted! John smiles as another obstinate nut is undone from a section of the filler pipework.
George was back sanding down and removing loose paintwork where he
could from 25451. It's very much a case of cleaning up and then seeing if a rusted
section is to be replaced or merely treated and filled. 21 years of use since
the last refurbishment has certainly made its mark!
sorts out the toilet flush handles from 25451.
Richard Stone cleans up more of the metal framework on the box van
ready for priming and fitting the remaining planking.
In the Barn, FK 35308 from the Maroon rake is now up on the jacks for
bogie swapping and repairs. With the old north end bogie connected to the 03,
on Richard's instruction Phil prepares to move it away.
Other repairs could also be done and Ken replaced both of the toilet
to the Upholstery shop to record more of the DMU seat restoration, with Dave
John stapling on a new cover,
and Penny attaching the side piece
to a new seat cover. They really are doing a fantastic job, though they must be
wondering whether it will ever end. The good news is that the north end car in
the green DMU is almost finished, leaving just the newly refurbished centre car
Paul cleans the existing seating for the blue DMU power car.
And finally, at the end of a long day, I just couldn't resist trying a
bit of the Rail Blue top coat on the dark grey undercoat. The verdict? Perfect!