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.
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.
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!