Monday, 9 May 2016

Saturday - Shuntless

With Phil not well the planned shunt for the day had to be abandoned; so hands were turned to other things like vacuum cylinders. This was an opportunity to swap the cylinder under FO 3132. Of course the hard part as usual was undoing the bolts to remove it. Andy and Ian applying the required effort.
With it off and loaded on the pallet truck it was moved to the cylinder storage area, lifted off the truck and the replacement loaded on. 

 The reverse sequence for fitting the replacement cylinder does have its own issues, like holding the nut in the right place as you put the bolt through the mounting bracket. There isn't space to put the bolt through then apply the nut. It has to go on as the bolt goes through! The original cylinder will now, at our leisure, be overhauled and stored as the spare ready to go back under the next carriage.
Ian and Andy moved on to overhaul the axle boxes of the skeleton wagon. The first of the covers removed and being 'cleaned'. Well degreased and regreased.
 Ian saving one step in the process removed the external muck straight into the bin it saved sweeping it up later.
In the paintshop Phil started on the final top coat by painting the window surrounds and was followed by Bob who did the panelling

Steve was making great progress on the new panelling of the corridor sides.
He also installed the window framing along one half of the corridor.
 Paul was busy keeping the supply of varnished section of panelling flowing first a light sand to create a key for the next coat of varnish

then the varnish

the painting of the skeleton van frame work is still progressing and plans are being made to start on the flooring soon.

Now the painshop has been in use for a while we are getting used to the flow of carriages through the workshops as whole. The art, or problem depending on how things are progressing, seems to be getting the next carriage ready for the paintshop at just the right time. George and I were busy progressing 3132 today by focusing on the filling and sanding.
Others were in more destructive action. Andy and Ken at various times finding exactly where the good metal is on the corner rather than the fibreglass.

Pam was preparing a new section of metal for James to weld into the north end while he was actually welding in the previous section. She was kept busy as she also had a similar process going with John Osborn who was working on the side windows. We now have another one ready to reinstall the window frame. Just one more to do on the Malvern side now.
 The little Bagnal engineering 'bus' has now moved over to the C&W side of the tracks and is parked outside the barn.

We have taken a look and made an assessment of the things we need to look at.
The north end cab front which is rather bent.
The doors .
The lights which appear to have Morris Minor origins,
and the paintwork.
There are some arm rests for the upholstery team to look at as well.

 I can't help feeling we could offer some rides in at special events. 'See the rail head for £5' trips from Toddington right up to the rail head beyond the DMU working limit. Not sure where we go to once Broadway is open of course.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A magnet should sort fibreglass from steel