Saturday, 26 November 2016

Saturday - The unseen

With 20 volunteers in attendance there was a wide range of work on the go, that is except painting as the entire painting team seems to have taken the day off. This was fine as it allowed Steve a free run in the paintshop to continue the fitting out of the south end vestibule. Here fitting the draft strip to the corridor connection door pillars
and then re hanging the curved door which houses the water cistern and pipework for the toilet at the south end.

Much of todays efforts were on areas of the carriages that few either see or notice. However, all are vital. At the north end we haven't yet fitted the storage tank in the rood of the carriage. This is because the only tank we have available is from a TSO. This has different positioning of the fitting from an FO tank. Simply it doesn't fit.

So today Dennis cut out the main filler boss and plated over the hole. Then the tank was moved into position while I went on top of the carriage to mark the required positions for the fitting through the holes in the roof. This had to be done fairly quickly as the four or so people holding the tank over their heads didn't wish to do so for very long! Then it was take the tank back out and into the workshop for the boss to be fitted and soldered or braised into position, Not sure which it has yet to be done. Its a job for next week. (there is also the breather pipe to be repositioned as well).

At the other end of the workshop Paul started on the clean up of radiator grills for 4614

which he later painted in aluminium silver

With all our carriages these days the vacuum cylinder is swapped for a refurbished one. The original being refurbished at our leisure. here Andy is cleaning up the mount bracket
before joining Richard Johnson under the carriage to move the new cylinder round and hang it in position.

The difficult job of with the disabled conversion is to correctly position the double doors. or at this stage the hinge pillars. So during the week Phil extracted 2 parcel doors from the 'spare parts store' somewhere down the yard and here Richard started on the strip down of the first one ready a rebuild and measuring.

Like many of our 'spare parts' it will need a total overhaul but without these stores we would have real problems to do many of the thing we are able to do.

Bob was back on the roof today. Note the different style of roof painting Bob prefers to save the knees and sits on the roof while Malcolm goes for the kneeling pad option. This carriage is 24949 in the barn for a supposedly quick repaint.

A task that George is progressing well with some final bits of rubbing down and filling on the Malvern side.

However, like so many quick jobs there is usually a like bit extra to do. One window corner was in such bad condition it had to be replaced. So John Osborn set about making a patch to weld in.

Then duely started on the welding. The patch tack welded in place.

On the adjacent jack road 4763 was brought back in. Something we were able to do because Bob happens to be a signalman amongst the many other things he does for the railway. This enabled a first investigation of fitting the new Christmas tree distributor for the steam heat system on the carriage. (sorry the flash was on the camera but it proves hi-viz works!)

Ken and John Hamer gained a good understanding of the arrangement and now know exactly what extra fitting we need to connect it all up

John Hill and Jenny were busy on the next of the seats for 25743. It was good to seeDave and Penny Dron who popped in to see us. Dave is recovering from a shoulder injury at present.

Finally three buck-eye couplings loaded up ready fore dispatch. They are going away to a firm who supply refurbished replacements fully certified. This is one of the parts that do gradually wear out and are subject to regular safety checks. Its one carriage component where a certified replacement is a good idea.

Thursday - More Opportunities

First as promised a much clearer picture of the steam heat distribution 'Christmas Tree'. Steam in the top out the sides and a drip value on the bottom. the four branches go one to each quarter of the carriage.

Modern business thinking says you don't have problems only opportunities. Being a heritage railway and sticking with tradition our first problem was that while the lorry left with a pair of bogies for turning. The pair it was supposed to bring back were trapped at the wrong side of carriage stuck on the wheel turning lathe in Bristol.

 Also stuck was this post on the flat bed wagon which was needed to transport the sleepers for P'Way who are dealing with a rather larger problem they would rather not have at the moment. After a lot of brut force and WD 40 it was removed and the flat bed loaded.

Other than that it was steady progress on 3132 with Bob varnishing in the south end vestibule

and lots more of the panelling being fitted

in the saloon which is taking on a very pleasing appearance.

There are a lot more sections of trim
 still lined up and being varnished! On the exterior I finished the capping strip on door 1 so we can now move ahead with the door overhaul next week.

The light in the barn on a gloomy day is not great so Ron had to resort to using a spot lamp to see what he was doing, clearing round the windows inside 4614. Item for the budget, new lighting in the barn!
On the exterior Pete was on final sanding Malvern side

while Dave oversaw work on the Cotswold side.
This took us to tea time after which several of the management team gathered to discuss our departmental budget needs for next year.
After a long debate we arrived at a figure LESS than last year!
Yes we included a special item for lighting improvements in the barn.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Wednesday - The mystery

Sometimes you come across things that don't make sense and sometimes things that make you wonder how they work.

First the mystery which I noticed a week or so ago but crept up on me again today. When sanding various sections of wood trim and sorting them I noticed this stamped into numerous section of trim from 4614.
The carriage number 3746 appears on much of the wood trim being removed. Now these are parts that you would not normally remove during any restoration. We have removed many of them because of the conversion. So what's going on?

Then there is this section of pipework from under another carriage. How it kept working as long as it did is definitely a mystery and how it worked exactly a puzzle. In case your still wondering what it is. its actually laying on its side the top is to the right

No help?

Well its the steam distribution and drain boss from under the centre of the carriage. We only have 2 carriages with this arrangement for the steam heating. As you can clearly see it doesn't hold steam any more!!!

So today Nick set about making a new one from various parts we have in stock and some scraps that were around the workshop. here is the new one in the correct vertical position with the remains of the old one at the bottom of the picture. Its a Christmas tree arrangement with an inlet from the top with 4 branches set at an angle, not horizontal, as outlets and the bottom outlet is a drip valve to remove condensed steam.   (I'll try and get a clearer picture tomorrow)

Graham gave him some assistance preparing some of the sections ready for welding

FO 3132 This is the main focus of our efforts at the moment and is a full restore. Steve Smith is making some replacement light unit for the strip lights using LED's.  Just 2 short one left to do!

Phil is here repairing one of the diffusers. He is cleaning up and repairing various diffusers to make a full set for the carriage which it didn't have when it arrived. With the diffusers in place you really don't notice the lights are not strip lights anymore.

We are getting round to the last bits of door furniture fitting with Paul checking and installing the lock plates

Mike fixing a missing door bumper and Craig repairing door lintel. We still have to fix door 1 though. some more progress was made on that today but there still work to do!

Tony was in today to meet up with Eddie for introductions to the woodwork machinery. he went on to prepare a series of vertical window trim pieces, note the curve to match the carriage side curve, ready for fitting on Thursday

There are an amazing number of trim sections when you get down too it. Here Davey and Des work their way through a batch of them with a second coat of varnish

Alan having sanded and rubbed down one of the sliding compartment doors

passed it on to Rod and Davey for staining and re-varnishing. (No there isn't any glass, and yes they did resist the temptation to paint each others faces through the hole)

Also getting the staining attention was this set of panels for the interior.
Underneath, the battery boxes. Dave Ward making a new one for the carriage.

In the barn during the day John Hamer, with assistance from Phil switch a bogey wheelset and shunted another pair ready to be despatched to Bristol for turning in the morning. This wheelset is being marked 'not for use' at the current time why when you hear the bearing rotate you know instantly! It will be fine for running round the yard or under a static carriage.

A quick check on the replacement doors for the DMU and yes they are the correct profile straight at the top have and a deep curve to the bottom, as against a mk1 door which has a constant curve.

In the upholstery shop John Hill was cleaning off another seat base for our rolling program of replacement seat bases for 27543. All that left is pretty well a heap of dust from some of them.

We took the first pair of replacements across to the carriage today and brought back this the next pair to be done. One compartment down 7 to go!

The preparation sanding fro 24949's quick repaint continued with Trevor working on the Malvern side.

While des started on the cream undercoat round the window frames on the Cotswold side.

Having been creative all morning Nick finished his day with a little destruction. Here removing another section of the side of 4614. The next step in the process of converting the carriage to disabled access.

I missed the shot of John Varley repairing the gas bottle carriers for one of the RBr's and Door 4 for 4614.

All in all a busy day

Tuesday - Short report

Report by Dave Clark

Just a short report today with the bulk of the work as expected in the Barn. A large paint order also arrived so we are now well stocked up ready for our planned over-Winter work.

As with all preparation, you feel you are getting nowhere when in reality the progress is very good. The lower brown panel at the north end of  SK 24949 had been undercoated last thing on Saturday. This was lightly sanded by Stu, who then went on to complete the filling/sanding as far as possible on this section. It was then cleaned up and taped ready for cream undercoat. John Hughes and I continued the work on the south end.

On the Malvern side, Bob and Richard Hoy also made good progress. It won't be long before we can begin to undercoat here as well.

Also in was John Hamer, cleaning up another wheelset before applying primer.

In the Paintshop Richard Stone was applying more Underframe Black to the GW van chassis.

More progress for FO 3132, as Phil lightly sands all the beading and other items on the trestles ready for a second coat of varnish.

A bit of work for the Santa preparations. John Appleton, having been busy with a group decorating the rakes, brought in these special chocks for yellow painting. These are used for the temporary fencing on the station platform.