Doors and No Doors.
Colin and Eddie provided a nice pair of doors back to the goods van this morning. These are, I presume, now ready for painting.
Having finished the repairs to the frame of the gas bottle cage for the RBr we now need to locate the doors to go back on the front of the box. In the mean time John Varley moved on to repair the first of the new blank doors, no windows, for the disabled access carriage 4614. Like so many doors we are now dealing with the lower 6 inches of the door are badly rusted and have to be replaced.
In the woodwork shop Paul set about completing the panelling on door 1 from 3132. Now we know it fits the hole it has come off the carriage for completion.
Paul was also finishing the fitting of the door furniture for door 3 on the carriage. here fitting the locking plate.
Phil was again working on the refurbishment of light fittings. the light fitting actually plug into a special 2 pin socket and are then screwed in place. This is handy as Phil now has a neat 'test bed' for the lights. As he completes one he simply plugs it into the bench switches on a and hay presto; job done onto the next one.
Steve was completing the last 2 LED light strips to replace the fluorescent tubes in 3132.
Then it was get them fitted in the carriage. Phil will fit the diffuser and finish the tidy up of the wiring tomorrow. The new lights are about 30 lux brighter that the old tubes but take a lot less power out of the batteries. They are designed to run with the carriages 24v circuitry, so don't need inverters to get back to 240v.
Des was busy completing the staining on the south end wall of the carriage.
while Russ was starting the second top coat round the windows on the Cotswold side.
He did come across a rivet that proud of the frame and was causing the paintwork to crack. John Hamer carefully removed the rivet replaced it and chem mettled over it ready for Russ to deal with later in the day.
In the cold weather its perhaps appropriate that John and Graham were replacing a defective heating radiator from a carriage in the main rake. Apparently the gasket had blown so the compartment became a steam room! It was just completed in time before the rake was moved up to Toddington in preparation for the Santa specials.
Davey and Trevor continued the long job of varnishing the trim sections for 3132.
They had already done this lot during the morning.
In the upholstery shop John hill and jenny were removing the old covers from a seat. This one had an unusual top cover.
but the inner canvass was to the usual state of repair.