Report by Dave Clark
I was in later today, arriving
as the shunt was in progress, and the empty workshop and barn were being swept
out. Thankfully, it was a warm, sunny day! With the changeover there will now
be plenty of work for everyone.
Gleaming SK 25451
emerges into the sunshine. It's always very rewarding to see a newly
refurbished coach brought out for the first time.
On the next road,
part-refurbished FO 3132 and TSO 5042 await - the latter had been taken off the
front of the Maroon rake ready to be brought in.
Back on its home
ground, and looking very good next to the green Wartime van, the refurbished
Baguley-Drewry Railcar (to give it its proper name).
With the shunt
completed it wasn't long before TSO 5042 was under a "mass attack".
On the Cotswold side, Bob Slater, Tony Barnard and Jim were scraping off the
loose paint and filler from around the windows, along the rivet line, and
anywhere else showing bumps and cracking paint were apparent.
While Pat, had already
added a lot of filler on that side, he joined George and myself on the Malvern
Although there is a lot to do
just cleaning up and generally sanding down, we had made quite a bit of
progress during the day. Tony applies rust killer around the windows he had
look" workshop with the LMS van now in at the south end and FO 3132 back
in the same position as before. It's a bit tighter with the much larger van now
Inside 3132 Tony Baker
is in the central area, hand-sanding panelling where more is needed.
Roger sands down more
of the beading from 3132. All these pieces have been carefully bundled up and
labelled so that we know where to return them.
The Barn with SK 25451
now on the jack road and TSO 4614 fully under cover.
Now able to begin working on
the north end of 4614, initial attempts at removing the corridor connection
failed. Although the right hand side could be moved, the left side refused
to budge. It may mean that the toilets and floor need to come out first to
enable access to the connection that are under the floor. This has given us an idea! More on that another day.
Inside the Malvern side
toilet on 25451. The work in the two toilets has basically been completed by
Ron and Pete, who have done an excellent job putting all this back.
At the end of the day
SK 25451 was shunted out again and moved over the yard to join the Third rake.
This will enable the coach to be steam tested during the "Fire and
Drive" scheduled for the Friday.
Painting inside the new
disabled area in BG 81039 continued, with Robin and Bob Keyte doing more on the
walls and ceiling respectively. Although we plan to refurbish BSK 34929, which
is the normal coach for the Third rake and already having a disabled
compartment, 81039 will always make an excellent temporary replacement should
the brake coach for any of the three rakes need to be removed.
Alex came in on the
last train from Cheltenham to complete his sign-writing on the Malvern side of
the GW van.