Report by Dave Clark
Ten in on a very pleasant day, which included a tour of the Works for Jim Hitchen (from the Broadway Group) and two friends from the S&T departments of other railways.
Of high importance today was the vacuum test of the repaired pipe underneath TSO 4772, which thankfully was a success - thanks go to Neil for firing up the 03 shunter to enable this to be done.. Although the welding repair was good, John Hamer tidied up the area with some fibre filler. When a convenient opportunity arises the coach will be returned to the main rake, its place temporarily being taken by TSO 5042 from the maroon rake.
Another problem was resolved by John when it was found that the vacuum hose at the end of the main rake was kinking when the loco crews were trying to couple up. With a replacement hose attached to the end coach, John inspected the one causing problems and discovered that when manufactured the internal wire coil had been cut too short! The hose can however be used successfully when permanently attached within a rake and John marks it up as such.
In the Upholstery shop John Hughes begins stripping down another seat back from TSO 4614. The end is in sight with this project with almost all the seats from this coach now rebuilt, re-covered and stored in the nearby racks.
Vivian found that there was after all enough material to cover the other bench seat from Malcolm's Buggy,
With the old covering stripped off she discovered a hole in the foam where the seat had been cut. This was plugged with new foam.
By the end of the day the
re-upholstering of all the Buggy seating was completed.
Underneath the ear defenders, goggles and face mask is Keith, cleaning up the last of the seat frames from TSO 4614.
The beautifully clean result coated in red oxide.
Having sanded down and coated in oxide the new metalwork at the north end of the Buggy, Adrian begins adding filler where needed.
Further filling and re-greying was done on one of the Buggy doors by Maurice and later myself.
Richard Hoy carried on with the bodywork prep on the south end and Cotswold side of FO 3132. We thought the latter was ready for its final greying-up, but as inevitably happens when taking a closer look, more is found to do.
With the wall panels of the ex-GWR van now cut to size, Richard Stone carefully adds wood primer.
The cut-out sections at the base of one of the boards which will enable it to fit in the slots between the floor and metal frame.
Always very innovative and keen to do the best possible job, Richard created a measuring board to help him.
Stu adds a second coat of GW Brown to the new door for Toddington signal box. A nice easy job to start with, this soon changed!
With the new lino being laid in SK 25451 next week it is important to get all the remaining seating in the compartments. Eight compartments equals 16 seat bases, so Stu, Maurice and I thought we would at least make a start, initially getting them into the coach through the south end corridor connection. Seat bases are worse than seat backs in that they can be difficult to grab hold of, and the metal underframe is always a hazard for varnished panelling and paintwork!
The bases were located but not pushed home.
With the south end compartments done, we thought we might as well "go for it" and complete the job. We resorted to using the hand truck to get the bases nearer the north end and save the struggle along the corridor.
We were two short, so it was back out to the yard to the brake coach in the third rake where more re-covered bases are stored, but first you have to pump up the trolley tyres. I should add that although it looks like Maurice is doing all the work, all three of us were working hard, with me leaping out to take the photos. Moving seats is always hard, heavy and very tiring work, especially when moving in confined spaces, but it was very rewarding to get them all done.
It's just as well we sweat away a few pounds now and then. This is what awaited us at tea time in the Mess Room last Thursday. Diet? What diet?!