The progress of the skeleton van was much admired during the Gala tours but its status as such is rapidly coming to an end. With mush of the floor laid during the morning by Richard and Steve. Steve then set about preparing the roof arches ready for fitting.
Rapidly taking its place as the skeleton is the LMS guards van. Derek removing the old internal planking.
James was working on the final section of metal work repairs to FO 3132. first shaping the sections
and then tacking welding them in place. he just needs to join the dot next week.
On the other side of that end John Squires and Andy were bending and trimming the water filler pipe.
Eddie and the woodwork team completed the set of woods for the corridor connection also for the north end of FO3132. Here Robin gives them a coat of primer
No sooner does one carriage approach completion than the next is being prepared for action.
Ken and Ian removed the corridor connection from the south end of TSO 4614 to allow access for the welders to get at the plating and the crash pillars. They will have to be accessed.
I set about cutting out the lower panel to see what state the crash pillars were in. Ken and I also started removing the veneer panels from the vestibule. While Richard and Ian moved on to oiling the axle bearings.
Richard had earlier applied the carriage numbering and railway logo to 25451 in the paintshop.
Back in to grove in the upholstery shop Dave and Penny (hiding) were working on a seat base
While John and Jenny were covering another seat back for 4614.
With the Ivatt still with us and running the second rake watching the trains go by was still a popular diversion in the sunshine.