Report by Dave Clark
Coming up to Halloween, there
was nothing spooky about our work, with a good crowd in we got through a lot of
jobs. We also had a visit by Ian Crowder (the GWR Publicity Officer) and author
John Whitehouse, who is rewriting a book in the Silverlink "Recollections"
series. The new book featuring the railway between Cheltenham and Stratford
will cover a lot more of our railway and, having taken a lot of photos, John
said he will be back to take some more to capture our progress e.g. FO 3132.
Setting the scene for
the weekend, "Dinmore Manor" passes with the first run of the day of
the "Spooky Special". The special headboard features a ghost and cat!
Being almost the start
of the new month, we also had the first of the two New Volunteers tours, here
visiting the Upholstery shop. The second tour will be on Wednesday.
current refurbishment of the two bogies in the Barn, Andy Thompson begins by
cleaning up the sides of the axle boxes on this particular wheelset,
over to sand the inner faces of the relevant horn guides on the bogie itself.
Later on Andy and Richard J.
were reattaching the brake rigging on the second bogie, which is now nearing
Progress on the north
end of TSO 4614 continues with James just about to grind down the weld of another
section of new sheet metal.
In the Workshop Ken
uses the air riveter to complete the missing section of capping strip on the
Cotswold side south end door of FO 3132.
Nearby George, having
sanded down a little more filler and taped up the dividing line, continues
blacking up the south end.
Inside the south end
vestibule Steve was busy sorting out more panelling.
Busy helping out S&T again
John Osborn, having cleaned up the cuts in of another piece of rodding,
carefully checks the overall measurement prior to welding the two sections
More work on the DMU
corridor connection hoops with John Squires clamping a hoop to the end of the
wood template, a somewhat fiddly job! Note the corroded area at the bottom left
hand corner, which will be cut out and a new section welded in.
Andy Turner cleans up
the weld on one of the repaired hoops - all these were later taken to the
Paintshop for a coating of red oxide and final coat of gloss black..
The Upholstery team
welcome John Hill back from a well deserved holiday abroad. (so now you know what penny and Jenny were up to on Thursday!)
John staples on a new cover to
one of the refurbished seats from our 03 shunter.
Dave cleans up the
springs and mesh of another seat back destined for the new disabled area in TSO
carefully cuts out new sections of the required moquette,
Jenny carefully sews
up what will be the seat back cover (a photo of Jenny doing this may end up in
John Whitehouse's new book).
Those final snags that need
sorting out are often troublesome. At the north end of TSO 5042, attaching new
rubber seals and the backing strips to one of the doorframes worked well on the
left hand side, but as for the right side it took the insertion of an extra
wood strip and the combined efforts of Steve and Paul Ellis to succeed.
We are nearly there
with TSO 5042, ready for it's shunt out on Wednesday 2nd November. Alex was
tidying up some of the lining out.
While dad Tony cleaned
up and repainted the main electric connections.
Martin continued the
cleaning up and undercoating of the axle box covers. Just a bit more painting,
and a final clean of the windows and interior, and we're done!
Finally, Richard Stone
primed the backs of two of the GW van doors, the reverse sides of which were
done a few days before.