Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Tuesday - more cleaning

Report from Dave Clark.

Just a few in today, with the main concentration being preparations for the fast approaching "Wartime in the Cotswolds" weekend. John Hamer popped in briefly to complete his preparations on the bogie currently being refurbished to enable Nick Evetts to weld in the new pedestal liners on Wednesday.

Once again a photo from Cheryl showing some of the cleaning gang at Toddington on Monday, this time working on the Maroon rake.

On not such a good note she also photographed a large area of cracking filler on M35308. Another repair to do when we can get around to it.

Back to Tuesday and some of the new panels destined 
for SK 25451 to which she applied the first coat of varnish. Being a quiet day the Woodwork shop was ideal for this job.

Working in the central vestibule on 25451, Stu Howarth removed the old varnish from another large panel.


In the Upholstery shop Vivien and John Hughes were preparing more for TSO 4614. Vivien stripped down another seat while John was stapling new moquette on to arm rests.

The big push today was to get the Third rake cleaned internally ready for the weekend. By the end of the morning John, Malcolm and Richard had cleaned all the internal windows and table tops, while Cheryl had vacuumed the floor and seats for about half the rake.

After lunch Richard continued the vacuuming, and with help from me later in the afternoon, the job was completed ready for Paul to wash the floor the next day.

It's lovely to see all the hard work to rebuild the Wartime Van now put to good use. With the van positioned in Winchcombe Platform 2 bay, John Rogers and Phil Harbron are busy filling "sand" bags ready for the weekend. Yes, it could have been a summer's day - lovely blue sky and really warm too!

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