Report by Dave Clark
Just 10 in today, and a surprise find later on.
Cheryl has now also joined
our Cleaning Team who meet every Monday at Toddington. She sent in this photo
of some of the gang cleaning the outside of the Chocolate & Cream rake.
Our cleaning team do a great job but they do need more help.
So to Tuesday, and we decided to begin top coating where we could on
SK 25451, with Cheryl back in her more familiar painting role, and Richard Hoy working on the upper half of the Cotswold
side, while Malcolm Baker was busy undercoating available parts of the Malvern side.
At the north end Stu Howarth and Dennis Stevens were attaching the back
of the corridor connection to the wooden sections using the special
With this completed they were then able to start painting the metal
panelling in undercoat dark grey.
The final door for 25451 is currently under reconstruction by the door
team. However with the door skin still untouched, we decided to sand this down
on Saturday, and today Ainsley give it a coat of undercoat light grey. At least
it will now be part prepared when finally mounted
on the coach.
addition to working on 25451, Malcolm painted the stands for the new
high level welding curtains. It was quite warm in the Paintshop, and as such
the stands were coated in red oxide, undercoated and then finally top coated
all within the day! So all ready for John Osborn on Saturday as promised.
Tony Barnard initially continued the filling and greying-up on FO 3132.
He then transferred to sanding down more compartment doors from SK
It is amazing what you find inside one of these compartment doors when
the bottom panel is unscrewed. Yes, all this was from the one door.
The "haul" comprised: -
The share appeal "By Rail to the Races" - the appeal to extend the line from
Gotherington to Cheltenham Racecourse - compare this with our new appeal
We had just raised the speed limit to 25 mph and could now have a 23½
ton axle loading. So bigger locos. Good job P&O wasn't ready!
Santa Special tickets for 24th December 1996 - fare £7.00
The buffet car service brochure advertising crisps, cakes, teas and a bar
service. No bacon rolls then!
Various adult day return tickets from the 90s, including Toddington-Gretton
dated August 1990.
A more modern Growler Group membership application
A child's doodle.
in the day Ainsley started stripping the flaking paint from inside the roof of
the LMS guards van. There is a lot to do on this vehicle, and removing all the
old paint will help us assess the degree of wood replacement needed.
In the Upholstery shop Vivien and John Hughes were stripping down more
seating from the former Mid-Norfolk coach TSO 4614.