Report by Dave Clark
We had twelve in, a good number for a Tuesday, with four of our regulars away (we'd have matched our record of 16). No upholsterers in but some engineering and a lot of painting. We also had a visit by Glyn Cornish and Michael Draper, who for many years was General Manager of the SVR.
Starting off in the Barn, John Hamer and Bob Slater were working on one of the spare bogies. With the second gantry wheeled in, the bogie was lifted and the north end wheelset dropped for inspection and a general clean-up.
In the Workshop Richard Stone was cleaning up more of the metal furnishings for the former GWR van.
The many fitments for the van in various stages of painting.
There was of course a large concentration on painting the outside of 5042, with the second top coating now well in hand. In the foreground Dennis, having completed the clean up of the sole bar, proceeds to add the gloss black. In the background Stu (panels), Maurice (panels), and Richard Hoy (windows) were busy painting the cream section of the Cotswold side.
On his own on the Malvern side, Adrian completed most of the south end, leaving just the windows to do.
Also getting stuck in on the sole bar and steps was Phil Brown, our latest recruit on his first day.
Painting the underneath of the lower step, he was determined to get those new overalls dirty!
It was good to see Keith Lowe and his wife pop in to see how we were all doing. Keith is recovering from a hip operation, but is very keen to get back with us.