Friday, 29 April 2016

Thursday - a clear view, maybe not!

One of the features of today in C&W was the reinstatement of glass into a window frame. Now this doesn't sound much. Just put this glass into this frame along with the 2 top quarter lights. Yeah.

The blue is the protective film covering the glass. As you will have probably guessed this being a small window width wise is a toilet window. So the last thing we want is a clear view. However, the original glass supplied WAS clear. So after a wait several weeks ago the correct frosted glass arrived but we had moved on mentally to other things. Finally today we got back to tackling the window. The frame has been out almost since the carriage came into the works for the side panelling to be welded.

Now I know why it got left! The first part of the process is to install the inner rubber strip. If you have the correct tool its easy, or so we think. We don't have one but guess it is something like those used by the windscreen people. It took efforts from Richard Johnson, John Hamer, Tony Barnard and
myself to eventually, after about 3hours to get the strip in place.
The glass was put into the frame with a little gentle encouragement. Then the outer rubber strip was put in place again with the use of some rubber grease. A much quicker process but more painful, the finger tips ache where you have to pull/push the strip into position. The glass my only be held in by the rubber strip but it won't be falling out even at 80 miles an hour let alone our stately 25.
Finally the job was done and the window frame can be re-installed into the carriage. Overall about 4 hours efforts from 4 of us. A good job we are volunteers! The worry is we have a large window and at least 6 quarter lights to fit in similar frames. There is also the potential to do a whole carriage fairly soon. Not if we can help it!
So while we huffed and puffed what else was being done?
Just next to us in the workshop Richard Stone was starting to paint the Skeleton van frame in GWR Grey.

Similarly under the vehicle was Phil working on the electrics under 7221 in the barn

John Hamer and Ricard had spent the early part of the day jet washing a bogie using our recently acquired (second hand) jet wash. It seems to be quite effective.

Back to the paintshop and 25451.
Various sections of the panelling was being finished off in terms of varnish removal

while at last there were signs of new varnish being applied. A corridor connection door gleams with the wet varnish.

Compartments doors

and the toilet walls were being fitted.

So this is what Alan was doing. Drilling the guide holes for the wood trim

Ron and Roger were doing something similar to the other toilet wall frame work.

Jim who had completed a small section of painting got the 'joy' of cleaning up the brushes. Well some ones got to do it and today it wasn't Dave.

There wasn't a lot of painting done today Jeff did get the final corner undercoated but we are waiting for the varnish removal to finish before we crack on with the external painting. Hopefully next Tuesday.
Footnote: My understanding is that there are 2 types of window frame fitted in Mk1 carriages. The glass is held in place by totally different methods. Guess what, glass replacement in the other sort is no less lengthy but it is less frustrating! 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wednesday - vanishing varnish.

It seems there are quite a number of the departments volunteers on holiday or suffering at present. to those who are ill a speedy recover to the others a speedy return!

Of course it could be the thought of more varnish removal (see yesterdays joy rider notes).  The varnish is disappearing mainly in clouds of dust or scrapings. In the paintshop today it was Des

and Trevor with some assistance from Craig who were doing the honours.

In the workshop I was doing much the same to one of the corridor compartment doors. That was after Mike and Ken had finished with the workbench where they had applied the sealant round a window frame. Together we had then fixed it in place. I left them to complete the riveting.

and returned to do the door. Removal of the lower panel revealed the usual collection of things

namely 6 tickets that seem to mainly date from 2004, an RBr buffet menu, a 2004 timetable and a 2p piece, now in the departments donation box.

Ken then also left Mike to complete the window and set about reconnecting a vital bracket under 25451. When you have to work directly over yourself a full face mask is a must.
Also dealing with plumbing issues was Peter Holt from the maintenance team. he is in the process of modifying the isolation vales across the rakes so that they all actually WORK! Some haven't been used in so long the inevitable has happened and they have seized up. It was a good opportunity to do the ones on 3132 while its in pieces in the workshop.

There are other job just as undesirable that have to be done. So this is why they are called the dirty gang! An accumulation of grotty grease from a axle box.

Servicing one of the carriage jacks was rather more appealing to John Hamer today. A clean up of the rack teeth and sealing the leak from the cover of the oil reservoir was messy enough.

Mentioning teeth you can see why I don't take many pictures in the woodwork shop. I wouldn't want to distract Eddie.

Here he is setting up the width gauge before cutting the sheet ply. This thing can cut though hardwood like it was soft butter.
well away from the machine Colin is applying more of the hinges to the light covers. Only a few left to go now.

In the upholstery shop John Hill and Sandra were using some of the recently delivered foam having managed to get the rest safely stored. While in the fore ground is a seat base Dave Dron is repairing with new edge strips.
Craig completed the door checks on 25451 today. It just remains to grease the pins once the painters have finished.

Tuesday - trip

Report by Dave Clark

Just 8 in on a very chilly, but thankfully sunny day.

In the Workshop Richard Stone was back on the Skeleton Van, cleaning out two sections of the base frame that need straightening.

The tidied up line of wagons and Toad brake van now looking very much better. Stu and Dennis completed the remaining painting on these during the day.

Another job tackled by Stu was the removal of the remaining outer layer of planking on the LMS brake van in the Barn.

The main concentration was once again on SK 25451, with more varnish removal on the internal veneer panelling. Ainsley and Malcolm were busy in the north end vestibule.

Cheryl (now back in overalls after the war time weekend) and Dennis, as well as Stu and Richard Hoy, were working in the corridor, cleaning up where more sanding was needed. Overall this is a long tedious process, but a fresh coat of stain and several coats of varnish and the coach interior will look so much better after 21 years of use since its last refurb.

Some site, we in C&W, rarely see

Unless of course we also happen to volunteer in another train based group. We tend to spend all of our days in the Works and are not out enjoying the coaches we have spent many hours refurbishing. So today I spent an enjoyable hour and a half of self indulgence travelling the full line in the DMU.

A final check of the Barn before locking up for the day revealed the dramatic change in the weather!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Monday - The Clean Up

The short but highly enjoyable celebration of  'The War in the Cotswolds' is over and after such events the inevitable clean up has to happen.

Not just putting the sandbag et al away but the more mundane but just as vital carriage cleaning.

It happens every Monday throughout the running season. So if you need to get going again after any week-end why not join the merry band and pick up one of the cleaning kits.

And when the jobs done there is definitely time for tea and a chat in the waiting room.

Saturday Music while you work

Report by Dave Clark

A very satisfying day with a good number in despite several of our staff being away and helping out with the Wartime weekend. The weather was thankfully a lot better than originally predicted, and in particular for anyone working outside the wartime songs coming from Platform 2 provided a nice background.

Making a change from painting and looking very much the part for the weekend activities was Cheryl, who helped out as one of the crossing monitors.

The cosmetic tidy-up of the tube wagons and Toad brake van in the sidings opposite C&W was almost completed, with respectively Martin Jauch

and Tony Caulfield working on them in the morning, followed by Pam Brown and myself during the afternoon. The overall result is a vast improvement from the original scruffy line.

During the morning the refurbished vacuum cylinder was put back on the skeleton van.

Paul Ellis cleaned up more of the underframe metalwork on the skeleton van.

Continuing the freight vehicle theme, with the new wooden base plates in place on the LMS guards van, the buffers were reinstated by Ian Stroud and Richard Johnson.

With the job completed Richards greases the buffer shafts.

Continuing refurbishment of the bogie in the Barn, John Hamer carefully removes one of the springs from the Cotswold side.

Progress on FO 3132 is good now that it is in the Workshop. Ian begins stripping the attachments to the vacuum cylinder ready for its removal for servicing.

At the north end James pauses for me to take the shot before adding more spot welds.

Pam Brown, assisted by John Osborn, measures up the size of sheet metal required for this under-window corner. The panel had been recut to square up the cut-out.

Pam later cleans up around the cut-out in preparation for welding in the new piece.

John Squires cuts more sheet metal for the north end of 3132.

While Andy Turner tests the new cut thread on one of the filler pipes due to be reinstated when all the re-panelling has been completed.

Chris Taylor sorted out one of our spare doors to fit temporarily to CK 7221 in the Barn - Chris hopes that the door may become permanent if the fit is good.

Phil Salter services the battery control box on the coach.

Inside SK 25451 the varnish removal and sanding down of the veneer panelling continued, with Alan Baugh working in the south end vestibule

and George Rowland doing any further sanding where required on the corridor panelling.

Steve Barnfield cuts out more bits of the heavy plywood for floor replacement in the north end toilet and corridor area.

Well away from it all in the peace and quiet of the Upholstery shop, John Hill was stapling up another re-covered side panel for TSO 4614.

Jenny Turner sews up more cut pieces of moquette ready for re-covering a seat from the coach.