How to keep the blog 'fresh' is often a challenge when fundamentally we do much the same thing week in week out. Even the carriage numbers only change occasionally.
So this week I am painting the picture by letter rather than number and the letter is 'W'
Malcolm was busy painting the replacement wheel set black ready for installation in the currently spare bogie. The bogie will be going under a carriage very soon.
Paul was doing much the same thing to the skeleton van but with the wheel set still in the frame it was rather more tricky so the axle box got painted at the same time.
Ricard was doing the same thing to the other side.
Having removed the underfloor cabling to the jacks in the barn we have redundant ducts. Not for long. Ken realised that we could run the new water pipe we want down the length of the barn through the now vacant ducts thus getting it a: out of the way b: neat and tidy c: out of the danger of freezing. So he set about routing the pipework. One of the points where a join will be needed as the duct goes through a 90 degree turn.
In the workshop John Squires was recovering some pipe connections from old and rusted pipework. The joints will re reused on 3132 when we get to replacing the water tank feed pipes.
That pipe work can't be done until the welding on the end of 3132 is completed. James was busy on that today and by the end of the day it was almost complete with 2 top corners left to do.
James moved on to the panelling by the door 1. We as a convention number the doors anti clockwise from the North door Malvern side. No idea why its that way round or from there we just do. Having the doors numbered it does mean we know which door we are chatting about in the various e-mails that fly around between groups each week.
Not strictly welding but it will be Pam dealing with the dented north end panelling of the buggy.
Oops it just came off in my hands, honest. With it out of the way we can straighten the internal struts and re plate with a nice flat bit of steel. Interestingly from the inside, which you can see here, the curve of the buffer can be made out where the buggy buffered up to a carriage, Its not supposed to do that as it doesn't have buffers itself, hence a slightly crumpled end.
Early in the day Ken and I re-installed the last window on the Malvern side of 3132. This is a narrow vestibule window not a loo window so clear glass is ok!.
On the other side George was busy sanding round the loo window we put back last week it having since been filled.
Steve continued the trimming of the corridor panelling in 24351
We have decided to replace the corridor and vestibule lino flooring in the carriage so today the old and rather brittle stuff was removed by Richard and Phil
and that's as far I could get with 'W' other than
'other work being done'
John Hamer continued the clean up and servicing of the jacks while they are being rewired. The electricians were not in today so he had a clean area to work in. The teeth of the rack get filled with muck and need regular cleaning.
as do the grooves in the door entrance plates. Inch wide strips fitted to each door entrance to finish off the flooring and prevent it all disintegrating in regular use which thankfully our carriages get with all the passengers travelling on them.