The effort was evenly spread with the upholstery team starting by removing a lot more seats from 4614 while the weather was good.
They soon settled to the task of stripping the seats off. Penny working on an arm rest, Dave a seat base and in the back ground Jenny
getting the needle from John as they sew the first layer of covering on a seat back. Its one each side and push the 6inch plus long needle through.
Another new sport. Fishing C&W style. Richard and Paul look hopeful have we go one?
With it safely landed and moved to the storage area Paul and Richard could be back to sanding the frame work of the wagon. Paul is actually standing where the cylinder was mounted.
By the end of the day another large section of framework was done and painted in red oxide.
We are determined that the wagon won't remain a skeleton much longer and sections of the new roof support timbers are being prepared.
and there are supplies of the plywood for the sides in stock. ( I actually included this picture as I missed the new storage racks being put in place by Eddie and Phil on Wednesday but it works both ways).
They will have to crack on though or Steve will have used it making new floors for 25451. This having already made the floor supports and fitted them is the section for the Malvern side loo floor
and also the corridor connection entrance floor.
As fast as Steve fitted it Richard was ripping up the lino elsewhere in the carriage. It was for investigation purposes. There was concern about the steel floor supports but the following investigation showed them to be fine. We were replacing the lino flooring in the corridor anyway.
Before Richard pulled the floor out from under him Paul had spent much of the day removing varnish from the centre corridor walls.
Ailsa was working in the woodwork shop on a similar task having tidied up some sections of removed panelling she was also applying the solvent to remove varnish.
Paul also did a session of sanding more if the trim strips
while just behind him Andy was sanding down a door from the carriage prior to it going back on.
John Osborn was welding a new frame
The exterior of 25451 was not forgotten with Dave and Alex completing much of the undercoat on the Malvern side.
We also have a visit from several members of the Great Central C&W department today as they inspected our facilities and swapped notes on how we each do various things. Its always good to exchange ideas and learn from each other.After a tour of the workshops and yard it a quick drink in the Coffee Pot before catching a train ride.
Finally, a final picture of the green DMU first class seats. The refitting was competed yesterday by Stuart when the top trims and side panels were fixed, all the pieces were there and they all fitted; a great relief to all concerned. After that, as you would expect, it was onward and upwards - to fit the replacement seats in the maroon buffet (the other frame in the picture).
Pictures by Stuart - thanks