Thursday, 19 May 2016

Thursday - pick your spot

A goods gathering of volunteers again today enabling progress on a number of fronts....  backs, sides and ceilings. Oh and doors. Its a case of choose what you want too do and crack on with it!

Alan started on cleaning up and sanding the interior of the inspection buggy. Being basically a small diesel this could be the front or the back. Its the south end.

However, Dave Hancox was definitely working on the sides

Its hard to decide with a carriage which ends which but this is the communication chord apparatus end, the north end of 25451., as Ken is here reconnection the linkage from one side of the carriage to the other.

He was followed by Roger with the patent cord retrieval tool, yes a long bit of wire, to retrieve the chain from inside the carriage where it had to be disconnected for internal repairs to be made.

On the sides of 25451 Cheryl was starting the lining out on the Malvern side

while Ainsley and in the distance Jeff resumed work on the Cotswold side.

On the inside Roger,

and Ron were back to restoring the toilets. Both are here working on window trim. They are almost finished

but not quiet. Don't worry the proper facilities are coming
 once Michael has finished painting the floor plates.

Bob finished the day undercoating the south end vestibule ceiling having applied a second coat of varnish to the whole of the corridor. The panelling in the corridor is starting to shine.

Returning to the buggy, yesterday we replaced the structural frame work on parts of all four doors. A new bottom rail on this one. Today John Varley replace some rusted sections of the door skin and repaired two of the inner plates as well. Between assisting John with that I cleaned up the last window for 3132 Malvern side ready to be re-installed on Saturday.

Our contractors were present in force today installing new wiring to the carriage jacks.

which is why John hamer was focused on the wheel set again today. This is the first to undergo what will become our normal process for wheelset inspections. Inspection over and passed the axle was painted in a protective coat of anti corrosion paint.


HowardGWR said...

I understand that Mk 1 toilet effluent is no longer acceptable on the main lines. Is i acceptable on the GWSR or are the toilets locked? If so, what is the point of restoring them, I wonder. Thanks for an interesting blog.

Alex said...

The issue on the mainline is it being released onto the track, although not phased out yet as far as I know. We have no such rules, and loos in our trains are very much in use, although we still have the age old rule of not flushing whilst in the station! Not all are functioning though, as you say, pointless maintaining too many.

The C and W Dept Blog of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway said...

Close but not totally accurate Alex. All of our toilets should work although some do have issues which are being addressed. 50 year old pipe work and values aren't always reliable. The maintenance team are working hard on the issues.

The situation is that Network Rail is consulting with Charter Train operators on eradicating effluent discharge on the track by about 2020. That will not affect heritage railways.

We are registered with the Environmental Agency for discharge of waste from our trains, so can continue as we are.

Eric O said...

I suppose the problem is that the carriages weren't designed to take an effluent tank underneath, and someone would have to empty and maintain them regularly, which is probably a nasty job. The old WCs probably do not use water very efficiently either, compared to modern systems.

There's a project for someone to design a partial containment system, to suit heritage railways. Perhaps connect the soil pipes to a small holding tank under the floor, which can dump the contents at particular locations along the track, away from stations, with a sump between the rails that can be flushed into the regular sewage system.

Kinda like the reverse of a water trough.

Now I see it written down, that idea sounds worse than the existing system.

I'll get my coat.


Alex said...

Ah close'll do! As long as we have [i]some[/i] toilets on a train, repairing others needn't be a priority IMO, when the maintenence team are stretched enough with the good work they do.

Stu H said...

One of the joys for the maintenance gang is doing the brakes on a bogie under a toilet pipe asa even at 25 mph max the contents still get splattered over the brake rigging.Job best avoided just before meal break :-)