Friday, 27 November 2015

Thursday - Moving on quickly

Report by Dave Clark

With the first Santa weekend almost upon us, although the maroon rake will not be needed until the following weekend, we still needed to get everything back in one piece ready for transfer back to Toddington,.

Back in the Workshop, the "Interior Gang" were again busy with SK 25451. While Ron was removing more parts from one of the compartments ready for cleaning up,


Tony Baker (and Roger) were sanding down more of the internal veneer.

Outside the coach, Malcolm applied the second top coat to the roof, which is now well advanced.

Peter Holt, from our Maintenance gang, was reattaching pipework to another toilet tank.

We are always happy to help another department. Before getting down to repairing a corridor end U section, John Varley cuts out a piece of sheet metal for Steve Long from the P'Way team.

Our store/cloak room is undergoing its final modifications, with a new rack to hold all the equipment Paul Wood uses for cleaning our refurbished coaches before they leave the Works or loose seats such as those for the DMU units (as recently reported).

Meanwhile the opposite recently-boarded wall was being painted by Robin.

At the end of the Paintshop, while Tony Barnard undercoats the final batch of cleaned-up sliders from SK 25451, Michael primes the final batch of skirting boards for 51360.

At the opposite end, Dave Hancox black glosses the original primed batch of skirting.

It was ceilings and more ceilings for the painting group inside 51360, with Cheryl and Adrian busy in the main compartment, and Richard Hoy in the far compartment.


Jeff did a final sand down of the remaining unpainted guards door and then painted it in the dark grey undercoat.


John Hughes continues the clean up of the driving cab that Keith Lowe started on Tuesday, and by the end of the day parts of it had been undercoated in light grey.

With the exhaust pipework now thoroughly cleaned, Alan Baugh applies green primer.

Later in the day, Adrian, Dave Hancox and myself cleaned up the lower backs of the doors. Top coating the inside window frames on these can now be started.

Found "buried" in the driving cab!

The Vehicle Defect Book

The last fault logged dates back to  2006

We also found an old ticket from Reading but it was to battered to photograph.



Simon said...

The 03 shunter's paintwork looks very faded around the engine area. Are there any plans for it to be repainted to give it a smart look? Great blog anyway!

Dave Clark said...

Yes this has been discussed and added to our list, though at the moment we can't say exactly when it will be done.

It was last painted in about May 2010 by the owner Chris Bagley, with the cabsides varnished. However, just prior to this Chris painted it in pink, with pink and white stripes at both ends. This was in honour of Silvie, who used to be one of C&W's drivers and had the saying "If it moves, paint it pink!". We invited her in and you can imagine the surprise when she saw it. We pushed her up into the cab and took lots of photos. She was almost in tears. Another great C&W day to be fondly remembered.

Thank you for the kind compliments.