Sunday, 24 January 2016

Saturday - all systems go.

 While big progress was made again on 9000 there was a lot of other things happening as well.

We haven't forgotten the DMU seats. As if we could!

Alan applied red oxide to some more seat frames

while Dave moved the previous one onto black top coat.

and Penny removed the arm rests from the next frame.

Back in the upholstery shop she returned to sewing the next cover.

Dave stripped another seat base and rebuilt that

 while John Hill built up a seat base.

Thus the production line continues.

On the goods van Steve continued rebuilding the entrance door frames

and Richard Stone applied another coat of paint to the side planking for the van.

So that's what scaffold towers are for. The perfect drying rack for the planking.

Andy was continuing to work through the maintenance teams work list. Here rebuilding a door stop strap.

Ian was doing another one.

The welding is continuing at a good pace on 25451 with James now working on the Malvern side of the north end.

John Osborn having done a window corner replacement also patched the bottom edge of door 5 from the carriage. I replaced what remained of the drainage channel with a new one from the stock made by John Varley. The door is now ready for the door team to tackle the panelling.

Chris Taylor prepared and got door 3 remounted on the carriage. A little planning of wood here and there was needed for a good fit.

So to 9000 where Paul was painting the ends and all the fiddly bits round the buffers and connections.

Alex completed the top brown and cream sections of the Cotswold side passenger section of the BSK. We still have the Guards door and parcel section of the side to go.

We rather suspect we set, for us, a bit of record completely painting the roof in under 3 hours.

 Maurice down the right, Malcolm down the right and me in the middle.

We finished just in time for me to climb of the roof and met up with a group of prospective volunteers and take them on a tour of C&W.

You might think Maurice deserved a sit down.

Actually it was the most comfortable position to paint the brown section at the top of the carriage without getting the scaffold tower platform heights adjusted.

Alan finished the day painting the white side edge strips on the Santa Steps.

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