Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Tuesday - Another landmark

Report by Dave Clark

A good day with 12 in attendance, and another stage reached with SK 25451's refurbishment.

We also had a visit from Steve Roberts (a freelance journalist) and his brother Gordon. Steve was visiting the Railway to write an article about us in Cotswold Life. Gordon was once a signalman working in the Midlands for over 30 years, and he knew Malcolm Walker, our Head of S&T, when he too was a signalman, although they were unable to meet as Malcolm was working at Broadway today.

Another landmark was reached with the on-going refurbishment of SK 25451 when the maroon top-coating was completed, with Cheryl, Richard Hoy, Adrian and Ainsley doing the honours. Malcolm painted the north end in black gloss. Where no new wet paint was present Adrian later removed the lining out and general masking tape.

Richard Hoy later moved inside and, with wire wool, carefully took the roughness off the first coat of varnish in the vestibule and corridor at the south end of the coach

Richard Stone was undercoating the inner sides of the "skeleton Van" framework.

In the Upholstery shop Dave Dron was sewing new canvas on another seat base from TSO 4614.

In the Workshop Keith cleaned up another internal frame from a stripped-down seat from 4614. Once done it was coated in red oxide.

Tony began his day by sanding down the one of the toilet doors from FO 3132.

While Dennis continued filling and sanding on the Malvern side of the coach.

Tony later moved into the south end vestibule to strip the interior panelling of old varnish.

Nothing like creating their interest when they are young. Paul Ellis' grandson loves trains and was thoroughly enjoying his visit to the Railway and C&W.

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