Report by Dave Clark
Yes, it was cold on Tuesday,
with a good frost to contend with and very chilly northwest wind.
With its carriage jack
work completed, SK 24949 will spend the remainder of the season on the other
Barn road to undergo some bodywork patching and general clean-up prior to a
full repaint in the Paintshop in March. Much of this initial work involves
literally knocking out bulging and cracking filler, and then cleaning up as
much as possible prior to painting on red oxide and re-filling. With Adrian,
Malcolm, Alan, Richard and myself all involved at various times throughout the day,
quite a lot was achieved. (too cold to stay in the barn for very long)
The some of the usual Mk 1 corner
"delights" were present, but in this case we were able to
get away with bridging (fibre) filler rather than having to plate up. It will keep prevent things getting any worse and
will keep the coach where we most need it.
Alan later moved on to
some filling on TSO 4614, and a good chance to warm up!
Oh the luxury of a nice
warm Paintshop! Cheryl, and later Ainsley and Richard, continued adding the
first top coat to the Malvern side of FO 3132. There are still some structural
aspects to complete on this side, but we will progress the painting as far as
possible. Such is the demand for our coaching stock, we have to make the most
of all the space we have even if outstanding work isn't really suitable for the
On the Cotswold side Ainsley
completed the south end.
Richard Stone was back
in, giving a coat of undercoat grey to the second side of the doors for the GW van,
before resuming some cleaning up and painting underneath the vehicle.
Finally, Richard Hoy
warmed up from his spell in the Barn and mounted our new board that will list
our Fire Safety Officer for each working day. The FSO will take charge during
fire drills and should a real fire emergency occur. The donations box underneath is not for the FSO cake fund!