Saturday, 18 June 2016

Thursday - A quieter day

Report by Dave Clark

With some of our Thursday regulars away we had just 15 in, but we made some good progress despite the lower number.

Starting off with "Malcolm's Buggy", with three of the four doors now reconstructed, Jeff sanded and then primed one of the door faces. Here he is carefully painting the aluminium window frame with etch primer.

Another of the door faces was corroded at the bottom, so John Varly carefully cut out the bad sections prior to welding in some new sheet metal.

Richard Hoy spent all day on the buggy, initially sanding, filling and re-greying the Malvern side, before working on the north end window frames.

Pete finished his day greying up the main area of the south end.

Pete began his day on FO 3132, adding some extra filler where some minor pits had been revealed by the previous day's greying-up. The area then received further undercoat Light Grey.

George came in today and was doing the same further along the coach.

Ken was busy working on the north end of the coach, initially undoing the left and centre wooden backing plates for the north end corridor connection,

With the plates removed, he carefully measures up to enable the fitting of the cross-rodding for the communication cord equipment.

Inside SK 25451, both Tony

and Pat were fitting more sections of wooden window frame.

Ron and Roger were sorting out usable pieces of framing.

Pat was later drilling holes in the wooden toilet base plate. The toilets won't be secured to the floor until the new lino has been laid.

Later Ron was putting back vent covers in the compartment ceilings.
The Third rake was having another clean in preparation for the forthcoming Thomas weekend on 25th/26th June, when all three rakes will be in action.

While Paul was cleaning, Robin was back to tidying up paintwork and varnish where required.

At last I got around to creating the framed collection of most of the bits found inside the compartment doors from SK 25451. Some of those tickets go back to 1991, and just look at that share offer brochure for the extension to Cheltenham in the right hand frame when compared to the current one for the completion of the line to Broadway!

The sun really did shine later in the day, but not for long with the rain soon back again.

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