Thursday, 6 October 2016

Thursday - another bright idea

A good number in today and some varied work undertaken. However, first a shot I missed yesterday. The double door frames mounted on the Cotswold side of the Goods Van. My suggestion of fitting double glazed glass to the doors didn't seem to go down to well.

The painting of 5042 moved on at pace today with several volunteers involved. Jeff on the Malvern side along with Richard

while Cheryl was completing the lower section of Chocolate on the Cotswold side.

by the end of the day Bob started the first top coat on the top section of Chocolate that was painted early yesterday.

In the South vestibule John Hughes was washing down and tidying up the vestibule while Richard Hoy was sanding and filling and painting at the north end. The north end panelling is somewhat more battered than the south end.

 The first of the bright ideas. Bob started applying a top coat to one section of 3132 for a special project. We are doing this section now rather than waiting for the carriage to come into the paintshop.

 The central section gleaming.

Inside 3132 there was some more painting, sorry a silly pun, It was Robin Moore who was doing the painting of the heating pipes.

Another but older bright idea. This to reduce the power consumption of the carriages. Ron sorting out the lamp holders for 4614 which he will convert to a single bulb holders instead of the doubles they are at present.

Another power saving bright idea and indeed a brighter light in the workshop lays ahead as Steve Long continues the installation of the trunking for a new lighting system in the main workshop. Just one of the bulb here, and there are 16 of them, is the same power rating as the entire lighting in the paintshop!!!

Still on lighting systems, Richard Bates was hidden deep under the centre of 3132 improving the charging system for the carriage. This is actually installed on the back of the battery box so right under the carriage!

Ken studying the framework of the original water tank supports had a bright idea, it wasn't just the tourch!

Task them out. I jest not. Somewhere deep in the list of carriages to rebuild is a hospitality carriage that may well require a water system which we don't have OR didn't have until we took this one out.

As for the holes in the roof in the above picture. Malcolm has them covered or he will have when he puts this little pile of steel plates in place. Six in all, cut and ready to be curved to the roof profile and then riveted in place.

See working in C&W really is a riveting job.


mack said...

I should imagine that loft like insulation in the carriage walls is rather like a sponge when it gets wet and could keep moisture against the steel longer. Cost again I guess, but celotex is good (other brands do exist!)

mack said...

The wagon looks really neat... Perhaps a before and after shot of that green algae frame as it was before, and the finished article, for comparison:) .. Just wondering, but what would be total cost for that project ? If classified no worries!

St Blazey 1925 said...

Hi to all and a very well done on the progress you are achieving. I know that many are centring their attentions on the relaying of track to Broadway, and myself included - never miss a blog; but without the work carried out by yourselves and the loco dept., the trains would cease to run! Obviously, other departments are crucial to the operations and no detriment to them, but I just want to take the time to put into print an appreciation of all the hard and technical work that you do in C & W. Regards, Paul.

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

Hi Mack, it's an interesting debate there are those who think what you say is the case and those who suggest the alternative insulation proposed will do just that and don't believe the existing stuff does hold the water.

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

Thank you Paul for your kind remarks they are much appreciated.

Ian B said...

The rockwool insulation removed from W55003 was like a sponge when removed. It also is a great breeding ground for flying insects. Our restoration has used modern foil backed solid foam insulation, more expensive but an investment in the long term.