Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Tuesday - Ready to go

Report by Dave Clark

10 in today and the concentration very much on TSO 5042 as this was the last day before the coach is shunted out to join the Choc & Cream rake.

Cheryl was first off with top coating the axle box caps in Goldcup Yellow - Richard was able to give these a second coat at the end of the day.

Then into the big clean up with, on the Cotswold side, Malcolm (and later Russ) on windows and in the background Maurice vacuuming the dust off the roof.

On the Malvern side Cheryl and Richard tackled the windows.

In the north vestibule John Hughes began cleaning the inside

Then into the main compartments, keeping both John and Bob busy with windows, tables and a general vac around.

To finish off at the end of the day, Richard and I quickly cleaned the floor.

Also busy was Richard Stone, cleaning up and painting in oxide the coupling of the GW van, as well as working on the van doors.

In preparation for the shunt the next day, we had a good clear up of all the stuff lying underneath the various coaches, including the large insulation boards which now reside in the GW van.

With everything on 5042 now well in hand, we could move onto 3132. Phil applied filler to the new sections of capping strip on the south end door.

While Bob wiped over the paintwork on the Cotswold side before reinstating the main line tape. This is in preparation for top coating when the coach comes into the

In the Paintshop John Hughes began black glossing the hoops from the DMU corridor connections. There is quite a stack of these now ready for painting.

Maurice completed his day by vacuuming part of the Paintshop floor. Hopefully this will be continued during the shunt tomorrow while the area is empty.

The Workshop with everything cleared back from FO 3132 and the ex-LMS van.

With the Barn and Paintshop similarly cleared, the completed TSO 5042 is ready to go.


mack said...

On some older photographs, I've noticed boards on the outside of coaches near the roofs, they show locations of places etc, what are they for? Do any of the coaches here have them, or would any plans be to add any? As they seem to give quite a vintage look

Geoff J said...

I imagine there must be a great feeling of job satisfaction seeing a finished coach ready for traffic. The dedication of the teams responsible is above praise. Just absolutely brilliant.

Geoff J said...

I imagine there must be a great feeling of job satisfaction seeing a finished coach ready for traffic. The dedication of the teams responsible is above praise. Just absolutely brilliant.

Paul & Marion Sucksmith said...

The work you are doing is to such a high standard it makes other heritage lines look shabby in comparison. I have said before that one of my friends worked at Wolverton Works and on a recent trip to you was amazed at the high standard of workmanship you do, it seemed to him better than what the works did! High praise indeed!

St Blazey 1925 said...

TSO 5042 is looking great, as is FO 3132. Well done team. Regards, Paul.

Toddington Ted said...

I remember seeing TSO 5042 at the 2014 Spring Gala when it was in the maroon rake and to say that it looked tired was an understatement indeed. Its transformation is testament to the work that we are privileged to witness on this blog and when we visit C&W on open days. As others have already said, the standard of workmanship is superb. A carriage storage shed is clearly vital to slow the weathering of the stock and give more time between overhauls like this. IMHO a carriage shed at Winchcombe (which has been mooted for a while I know) should be the next aim for the GWSR after Broadway reopens. I would contribute to a fund if one were opened. Well done to you all.

St Blazey 1925 said...

To answer Mack's question about roof boards. These were common on express trains and not only showed destinations 'en route' that the train called at, but sometimes carried the name of a specific train instead - such as the 'Cornish Riviera Limited' - the 'Limited referring to the fact that it was limited in its station stops. Hope that clears up that little issue and I hope C&W didn't mind me stepping in to answer the question. Regards, Paul.

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

Always pleased to here from someone who did it and encountered these things for real. A close look at the pictures on the blog will reveal that one of the carriages in the workshop at the moment has the brackets in place. They tend to come of due to rust setting where they are mounted. The discovery carriage has them.