while Des and Davey were working away in the main saloon.
David continued cleaning window sliders for 4614 during the morning
before starting the removal of the first window frame from 4614. The bottom was easy as most of the screw securing were not doing so any more. Working his way up the side was not to much of a problem but we realised there were issues when in came to the area approaching the small top windows. So we called in John Hamer, our expert on these things, to assist.
This carriage was originally built flat sided, (i.e. no external window frames)
a later modification saw Bardic frames applied. In our previous experience of these the top window lights and the frame for them has been part of the bardic frame. In this carriage they were still mounted as part of the carriage body with the bardic frame being purely the outer rim. An arrangement we have not come across before. Has anybody else? Is it common?
In this case the frame was secured to the carriage using self tapping screws which tend to be very hard and not easily drillable. This was added to by a series of additional screw connecting the frame to the window light framework as well. We eventually sorted it out and fortunately managed to unscrew the rest of the self tapping screws. We can now see why the frame was added. The body side beneath the window being in a poor state. We can now start discussions with the welder about repairs.
With David working on the windows Davey took over the windows cleaning.
Derrick was finding things for Nick to do as he started on fitting a wood frame to the newly repaired door skin for 4614 door 3. The drain cut outs needed cutting into the lower edge and a small tidy up round the window
after which Nick welded in the 2 replacement sections of crash pillar. Just a liitle work still to do round the corner the Z section.
Paul was doing some final fittings to the doors of 3132 Several door guides needed reapplying as will a lock plate next week. Craig completed the liner for door 1 which is now ready for the capping strips to be re mounted.
In the woodwork shop Colin was starting the assembly of the second set of door he is making for the goods van
while Dave Ward started making a new battery box
and assembling it.
Not on the same scale as the drainage team we have now acquired a small camera for inspecting the internal state of the vacuum and steam pipes. We only need to inspect the situation of the first few inches which we can't usually get at. The rest of the pipework under a carriage we can normally get at well enough.
The lovely clean and clear upholstery shop didn't stay that way for long. We have already identified a program of several carriages for them to get to work on. This the first of 4 seats from the BSK that will be recovered and go into 25743 in the third rake. The seats will be replaced on a rolling programme so eventually we will have out 4 seats back for recovering ready to go into the BSK somewhere down the line.
John Hill and Jenny didn't take long to get stuck into in with the first seat stripped off renovated and the new under cover is here being sewn into place. Its that vicious 6inch needle again!!
And finally can anybody enlighten me as to this crest cast into many of our bogie frames? I found several definitions of ESC including in its use on models but nothing the actually says what of who it was. Other than the obvious casting maker I know nothing.