Report by Dave Clark
Just 8 in on another hot sticky
day, with quite a bit of finishing off and tidying up being done.
Starting with SK 25451,
Maurice vacuumed the whole roof, removing all the accumulated dust. Although
the weather is supposed to be fine when we shunt on Thursday, we are taking no
chances of having wet dusty streaks down the new paintwork.
His final job of the
day was to re-black the north end buffer beam area.
Today was also the best
chance to complete the internal varnishing, with the north vestibule needing a
third and final coat. Cheryl completed this, leaving just a second coat to do
on the inner part of the corridor connection door frame which so far had
Prior to this she had
given a top coat of GW Grey to the centre end panels for the GW van.
Alex had a
particularly successful day adding the numbering and lettering to the GW van,
in place of the more usual transfers.
He based it all on the same van type at
the SVR, using photos from that as a guide.
Moving along to the Buggy,
Keith gives all the windows a final clean inside and out.
He then followed up
with more touching up with top coat where needed, plus top coating the new
metal plate under the north end instrument panel. That's it - all finished and
ready for Thursday's shunt.
Further on again and
into the north end of FO 3132, with Malcolm sanding the veneer panelling. The
lovely little air sander gained another fan today!
In the Upholstery shop
Vivien was repairing cushions from FK 13337 "Gillian", our Third rake
first class coach. She is pointing to a small hole in the unrepaired cushion.
Dave meanwhile was doing his
usual wrestling match with one of the arm attachments on a seat back destined
for BSK 34929. Always a tricky job with so little space to manoeuvre.
Talking of seat backs,
Maurice and I retrieved the final five for the BSK from the store van, which
Dave winched up to their workshop. The backs are heavy cumbersome things and,
being a hot day, a great way to work off Helen Wood's wonderful lemon drizzle
As for me, it was another
brush cleaning day.
It did have its rewards
though. Working on the trestles at the end of the Paintshop it was easy to
escape and watch "P & O" during her last week of working until