Report by Dave Clark
Half way through the month already with the jobs continually piling up. We had 16 in on another very warm and sunny day, with work going on everywhere. It was good to see Phil Salter back in overalls and working with us again.
First one in action today was Richard Stone preparing the boards for the south end of the ex-GWR van. After careful measuring Richard cuts out the curved top part of one of the boards
Some of his measurements.
The first board in place.
The state of the interior of the former Strathclyde DMU, which is now stabled on our side of the yard, is variable with some aspects such as the upholstery actually in relatively good condition (a good clean should bring this back up). Chris Taylor was in checking our existing supply of doors to see if we could replace the fibreglass ones, but nothing we have suits, not even the ones from an EMU - unfortunately all are of the wrong profile.
With the carriage jacked up, the bogie was rolled out under the hoist and the wheelsets were exchanged.
The old wheelset with the flats clearly visible. On the main lines the high speed of the trains can in time eliminate these, but when you are limited to 25 mph and you hear the dreaded "dum dum dum dum", you are stuck with it.
It is very useful with Eddie popping in on Saturdays, as well as his normal Wednesdays, as a lot of queries can be sorted out and it keeps good continuity. Here he advises Derek regarding the fitting of the new sills on the former LMS van.
Later on Derek, having coated some newly cut sills with wood preserver, goes on to help Steve by doing the same with the underside of the new south vestibule floorboard for FO 3132.
Meanwhile in the south vestibule Steve is positioning his newly cut sections of floor base.
Before these can be bolted on, holes have to be drilled through the new thick metal base plate. Richard and later Phil got this lengthy job done.
Having mentioned previously that some of the window rubbers on 3132 had in the past been badly cut into, George and I continued tidying up these with filler, after which they looked considerably better.
Getting the north corridor connection on 3132 back in place continued to be a pain, with Dennis, Richard, Ian, and even John Hamer, getting stuck in. However you keep on trying and in the end you succeed. Well done chaps!
Back yet again in the Buggy, Paul started undercoating the ceiling.
We are continually improving our H&S and all our welders now receiving new flame retardant overalls. Pam models her's in the tea room.
Pam, having welded up more parts of 3132's south corridor end U-section, proceeds to clean up the welds.
With everything cleaned up, another coating of oxide is applied all round.
Another important job to do in the early stages of any restoration or refurb, is to test the water tanks. Thankfully TSO 4614 is fine!
One of the last jobs of the day was to grind off the rusty nuts preventing the replacement of two worn footboards on SK 25451. We now have a handy stock of variable length footboards ready for fitting as required.
Finally, a lovely touch to brighten the day was the fitting of the plaque in memory of Grenville Care to one of our benches. Eddie, having just completed the job, relaxes with Ria and enjoys the warm sunshine.
And who can blame him with sights like this!