Report by Dave Clark
Just 7 in today but we made
some good progress with TSO 5042. It shouldn't be too long before we are taping
up the lines and undercoating in cream and brown.
Firstly, the former GWR
van. Richard Stone continued cleaning up more of the door furniture.
Each of the various
pieces is being initially coated in red oxide.
Just a few feet away on
TSO 5042, Dennis was carefully drilling through the back plate of the corridor
connection to reattach the loose piece of metal band that secures the rubber
bellows. The new bolt head is recessed so as to retain the smooth surface of
the back plate. Here he is tightening up the securing nut. He later reattached
another wayward section on the Malvern side of the connection.
Remaining work on the
coach comprised more bodywork preparation. Richard Hoy tidied up several
doorways, adding both ordinary and fibre filler as required.
Malcolm was doing a similar job
on the Malvern side centre door, where a lot of filler had been added on
Stu started off
checking the state of the filling on the Malvern side, ensuring everything that
had been put on was completely sanded down. He then progressed to the remaining
non-greyed area, adding more filler as required.
Stu then greyed
Stu and Malcolm
patch-painted all filled areas on the Malvern side, leaving some remaining bits
to do at the north end of the coach. By the end of the day, nearly all this
side had been completed.
Maurice worked on the Cotswold
side, south end door area, while I completed the filling/sanding on the south
Then after taping up
the sides of the south end, both he and I added dark grey undercoat.
The almost completed
south end of 5042. Just the part above the connection remains to undercoat.
The final jobs of the
day included a good vac around to keep the dust level low, followed by a
itemised job list on the white board ready for the Wednesday gang.