Report by Dave Clark
We had 22 in attendance on a sunny but very cold day with a cutting north wind.
It was nice and cozy in the Paintshop building, but a very different world
in the Barn and outside.
It was also another New Volunteers day, with another
large group being given a tour of the Works.
A busy day outside with more bogie movements, including getting another
pair ready for sending off for tyre turning.
A general discussion about the next set of moves. Later in the day, we
started to put the maroon set back together.
The Christmas decorations gang are
already busy inside the coaches getting everything ready for the Santa Specials
which start this coming weekend.
In the Workshop, Richard Stone is treating some of the floor level
timber for the box van with preservative.
The previously reported repair of our yellow steps took another step
(ooooh - sorry about that!) forward with John Squires cleaning up the centre
pins of the cupped feet.
work on the badly corroded north end of SK 25451 continues as James battles
some resisting nuts to remove the step on the left hand side.
Later in the day, with the step now removed, the extent of the cut out
panelling can be seen.
As expected the bottoms of the crash pillars, and
possibly even the underlying parts of the base plate, will also need replacing.
George doing a heroic job of seemingly endless sanding on the sides of
It is essential that we keep the momentum going on the coach as
there is so much else going on with the blue power car, the FO 3132's restoration,
and all the maintenance work on the various coaches from the Maroon rake.
Turner using one of the excellent storage bins to keep safe some parts of
25451's north end corridor connection.
While Andy is busy in the Workshop, his wife Jenny and John Hill are
measuring out sections of foam sheeting ready for some more DMU seat
In the Paintshop Paul Wood cleans the latest set of returned seats that
had been borrowed from the blue power car 51360. On the trestle tables behind
are revarnished parts from SK 25451, and the cleaned and undercoated sliders
from FO 3132.
Eddy using the multi-planer to produce some more replacement window
frames for 51360 and the two Mk 1s.
Inside 51360 Steve is positioning wooden blocks onto the centre bars of
each panelled section which will be used for fixing the new veneer.
pile of rebated wood planking that Steve will attach to provide the base of
each panelled area - all these will need priming and then painting black.
The guards door on the Malvern side of 51360 was still rubbing, so Paul
Ellis got to work with angle grinder and file, even removing some of the
underlying wood of the door frame.
With this successfully sorted out he then undercoated the door edges
and frame of both this, and the Cotswold side which he is just completing in
Derek began removing the seals around the many door frames - most are
badly worn and will need replacing. Still a way to go with the inside of 51360,
but we are getting there, while the outside will soon be ready for top coating.