Wednesday, 8 June 2016
Tuesday - Finishing off
Report by Dave Clark
12 in today, though I wasn't able to record everyone.
The Upholstery team today comprised Dave, Vivian and John Hughes, all working on seating from TSO 4614. Vivian is busy with a side panel,
while John removes the staples from another internal wood section.
One of the internal seat frames, cleaned up and coated in red oxide, and with a new wood section attached (not all the wood can be saved).
and after. As the tired-looking pile of seats from 4614 diminishes, the refurbished pile increases. When the seats for SK 25451 have be installed and space made, all these will be transferred to the storage area in the south corner of the Paintshop.
In the Workshop Keith prepares another seat base prior to coating in red oxide. Two more await attention for the Wednesday gang.
In the Paintshop, Adrian adds a further coat of maroon to the wooden back of one of the repaired back rests from Malcolm's Buggy. Even the row of tacks in the foam, destined for another back rest, were painted maroon as they were all the wrong colour. We do like to get things right!
More work on FO 3132 with Dennis filling and sanding on the Malvern side. Always a lengthy, repetitive process but the results are always well worth the extra effort.
The primed back plates for the FO's north end corridor connection were undercoated in Dark Grey. The paint trestles are littered with further jobs, everything from coating in red oxide to varnishing.
In the Barn, John Hamer, and later Ken, worked on the current bogie under refurbishment. In one of the horn guides, new pedestal liners are carefully secured in position ready for Nick to weld the next day.
Externally with SK 25451 it is now down to finishing off, with Richard and Cheryl almost completing the lining out, and then tidying up where needed.
Richard then went around the coach black glossing grab handles, door stops, striker plates, locks and drop window bars. This really does add the finishing touch.
There's always one grab handle where the retaining nut has come loose and dropped down inside the internal panelling strip. Adrian carefully removes the latter to retrieve the nut. In this case it was actually the nut and rusted end of the old bolt, so a new nut and bolt were needed to secure the handle.