Friday, 30 September 2016

Thursday - going forward

Many areas of our work has recently been of a destructive nature. However, we seem to be turning the corner with construction become the many focus now.

In the Goods Van Cheryl has been painting the smaller components of the door locking system. Here they are all hung up to dry.

Pete Lucus was doing some final sanding of the Malvern side of 5042

while John Hughes was painting at the north end

Jeff started on the taping up of the Cotswold side

before Cheryl and I commented on his rather dashing painting smock. Such was the ribbing he escaped to the station café only to be met by similar treatment from his own wife and mine. They were working together in the café. Rumour has it he has now donated the smock to Cheryl. The thing is it really needs a jaunty little black beret to complete the look, but does that count as PPE?
Don't feel too bad Jeff you did a good job on the lining tape, no matter what we said.

Paul continued the clean up in 3132. its now in a fit state to really start on the refit

We are trialling this section of trim with light executive grey rather than the silver original. Its normallu behind the luggage racks. This is the undercoat cream not the top coat. we shall see how it comes up.
Sticking with the silver Robin started on the long task of repainting all the mesh under the seats. The passengers may never notice it but we do.
 Bob Slater was sanding down window frame trim strips for the carriage

Out in the barn a second group stripped out the light fittings and the luggage racks.  Phil seen here has also been rerouting the wiring around the north end vestibule where we have removed the toilets and the walls.

and the luggage racks. They will all be cleaned up before refitting

The light fittings all boxed up they will be modified to single bulb fittings and repainted.

With them out of the way the rest of the interior is much easier to work on.

Also improving things in the workshop Steve Long has started on the task of replacing the original and very large lights with a modern LED system. The first thing is to fit the cable trunking. Steve an electrician by trade usually works with the P'Way gang.
Work is not always confined to the workshops and some times escapes the cameras gaze. Way down the yard Bob completed the repaint of the ceiling in the BG 81039 on the third rake. work on this has been going on for a few weeks. This has mad a much more presentable disabled area in the carriage. Further down the rake and again over the last few weeks Phil has carried out  quite a lot of jobs in the RMB 1808 improving the water system and ventilation in the serving area. 
The maintenance team were also in today carrying various checks and maintenance jobs on the third rake.


St Blazey 1925 said...

Hi again. Had a thought for a project that might appeal. If you have a spare BG or maybe a TSO that needs a total internal refurb but had lost the original fittings. - How about creating a full length BAR CAR, which could be used for your real ale festivals or for regular service trains as you see fit? It would also make for a different project from the run of the mill refurb of a carriage, obviously not to take preference over service set works, but something different. Just a thought.
Great work as always guys and gals. Regards, Paul.

The C and W Dept Blog of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway said...

We have such a carriage set aside a TSO that was the home of the toddington watchman for many years. We refer to it as the Hospitality Carriage. The proposed layout is not fully defined but as it is not at the top of our list that's fine. It will no doubt be debated at length when we get round to doing the work on it.

Alex said...

I seem to remember there was much excitement in destroying the interior though... :)

I too would like to add that Jeff's smock is rather amusing! :P