Friday, 27 May 2016

Thursday - Just another double header

As you will have realised the C&W workshops are in an ideal spot to watch the trains go by. The problem is at times its more interesting than doing any restoration work.

After a few problems with 'Foremarke Hall' yesterday and loads of work his morning word came down again that a double header was departing Toddington. So work pretty well ceased until it had passed. To keep this different today 'Erlestoke Manor' was on the front with 'Foremarke Hall' as the train loco.
Notice the different camera angle for a change! This was due to some minor remedial work to 2 vans being collected from Winchcombe for use at Toddington during the Gala.
Did anybody mention we are having a gala this week end? The freight set and three rakes of carriages are running and a few steam locos scattered about to pull them.
The third rake was collected during the afternoon along with the 2 vans. Here leaving the Malvern side siding at Wichcombe.
The Rail Car won't be ready for this gala but maybe it will join one soon. The crumpled north end is gradually being straightened out. The radiator cover is now off ready for Neil to start work the power unit.

The orange light, not original, has been removed by Malcolm and the hole sealed and painted.

and after some more rubbing down, here by Pete Lucas,

 a first section of grey undercoat has been applied.
Our next project was duly shunted into the barn and onto the jack road today TSO 4614.

 A 'quick' assessment of the work required identified all 6 doors and the door frames need lots of  attention. One door is ali the other 5 steel, ummm! Both ends will require the usual attention of the welders. as will the Cotswold side which is green. The side seen here, maroon, is in much better condition.
With the jack rewiring completed and recommissioned yesterday; the body was immediately raised off the bogies and Tony started removing the pipework for the long since removed air brake system.

Now I do feel I should point out at this point that Tony is a guard on First Great Western. They like to think they were first its just that we now better. So he may know about air brakes but on our railway we don't stop the trains like this.

The bogie has been wheeled out from under the carriage and Tony is 'activating' the brake mechanism while others out of shot are inspecting the brake block hangers. Saved you a trip the gym again a Tony! Oh and by the way I know its a vacuum cylinder but it would fit the good van.

Another struggle was to control the water pipe and feed it through the new ducting Ken and Kevin getting to grips with it.

Others negating the need for a gym trip were, here, John Hamer and myself who raised the wheel set about 3 feet in the air. Even with the differential pulley its still quite a pull. We did it in turns. With it raise the replacement wheel set was moved under/passed it and then this one was lowered again. Its so much easier to swap wheel sets on the model at home!

Back in the paintshop the more peaceful activities were continuing. Bob painting the final top coat on the ceiling of FO 3132.

Robin varnishing window trim sections ready for the interior team to fit next week.

Ainsley, Cheryl and Jeff completed the lining out on the Cotwold side of 25451 and did most of the Malvern side as well.

Today theinterior team were fitting the panelling under the compartment windows and completing the toilet wall re installations.

On 25451 Ken was starting on the re attachment of the communication cord system. The first step being to drill the mounting point holes.

If it all seems to much of struggle have a thought for this little plant striving to survive in the ballast of Winchcombe yard. Lovely.
Over the week end for the Gala the carriage works will be open to visitors Dave here starting the preparations. Dave is there all week-end. I will be there on Sunday. Come along and say hallo.

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