Monday, 31 October 2016

Saturday - A very varied day

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.

Continuing our 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,

before moving 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 completion.

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 together.

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 4614.

While Penny 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.

1 comment:

Ian B said...

Looking forward to those hoops...then the sewing gang will be able to swing into action!