Sunday, 29 November 2015

Saturday - A hive of activity

Report by Dave Clark

Another large number in and overall we had a very good day with some more excellent progress.

Richard Stone, with help from the Woodwork team, is making a very thorough job of the box van rebuild. With one new door attached, the matching one can be seen on the right ready to be mounted.   Richard is discussing with Eddie what to do about the heavy wooden top sections of the two door frames.

In the end it was decided to make new ones as the originals, one of which is shown, are too worn. The construct of the top section is quite complex, with the various rebates and the holes for both the securing bolts and the heavy iron locking bar.

The "demolition" at the north end of SK 25451 continues apace, with Steve removing the internal wooden framing to enable the required metalwork repairs.

 Underneath the north end John Squires is cutting free the clamps that hold the toilet down pipe.

With the flue pipe sorted out, John returns to the back plating, using a large spirit level to mark a straight edge for tidying up ready for re-plating.

An overall view of the north end of 25451 at the end of the day, with everything removed and a chalked note about the corroded bases of the crash pillars.

George was back again at the general body side filling, sanding and cleaning up.

Eddie busy in the woodwork shop

cutting the rebates in two new door pulls.

Upstairs, John Hill staples new moquette onto the DMU guard's seat.

 Dave was stripping the cover off another DMU seat back.

Penny was on her knees detaching the various parts off a first class seat frame from the DMU centre car.

More shunting and the recently acquired BG (which will be PWay's new storage vehicle) was brought into the Barn to have a bogie change.

While up on the jacks the vacuum cylinder was removed for overhaul. Freeing up that piston was proving to be a trial for Richard and Phil.

Very good progress was made with the blue power car 51360. In the guards/luggage compartment, Steve was putting up the new section of ceiling.

While Phil Jones and Paul Ellis completed the final top coating for the ceilings in the two passenger compartments.

 Top coating of all the door backs of the passenger and driving compartments was done by Clive (in the distance) and Martin.

 While Martin completes the Cotswold side driving cab door, Alex is well into the first coat of yellow on the cab front.

By the end of the day, Alex had gone on to top coat the buffer beam and some of the connections below. When will the first coat of Rail Blue go on? Watch this space!

Our cloakroom and store is beginning to look very smart, with Paul adding yet more emulsion to the walls.

And finally, can this be our Head of C&W and Company Secretary with a mop and bucket? It was "whoops" with a cup of tea, but Richard soon had the floor cleaned and sparkling again.


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