Andy with his nice 2 tone woolly hat to keep warm out in the reindeers barn was cleaning off the roof of 24949. I think Santa mistook the roof for a sleigh landing strip. It made a terrible mess. So all the flaking paint will have to be removed before it can be repainted.
Dave, the chief painting elf who is very strict about painting vertically, was painting lots of parts to help keep the rain out of Santa new carriage the open top sleigh is all very well but at this time of year you must be joking.
Richard was busy filling and priming the doors for the goods van, well Santa has to put the parcels somewhere!
One of the more spritely young elves, Alex, needed to be kept busy so he was made to paint all the bottom brown panels on 3132, both sides
While George was preparing another carriage, 24949, for Alex to paint another time.
Ken was busy cleaning up the metal strips as fast as he could to keep Dave (above) busy
John Osborn was busy making lots of little sparkly lights as he completed the repairs to a window corner on 24949
and then hid what he had done with a coat of red oxide. You can definitely tell he painted vertically. Careful John you will be seconded to the painting team next year!
Although I missed the sparkly lights James was doing the same job on 4614 in the workshop
while John Squires was preparing the next window to be done, the one on the left in the above picture. He found that some naughty elf in the past had used his old diet coke can to fill a hole in the carriage side. This isn't the first such 'repair' we have found on the carriage and I have a feeling it won't be the last.
Still following a closer inspection we did discover it was an
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So a correct 'MK1' type can for the Mk1 carriage.
Ian was further along the carriage removing the next window frame ready for another window corner repair. Quite a production line just as you would expect from Santa's Elves.
I was on the other side of the carriage making the doorway wider. Santa will be able to get his sleigh on board next year.
Having inspected the roof of the guards van we decided to remove it. Derek started on the task, open top anybody?
Sometime, all to frequently, we have to make completely new parts. It can involve a lot of gluing and sticking which can make it hard to identify what it is.
Ah yes, a new one of these doors for 3132.
The elves will, be working hard all the way up to Christmas but its rumoured Santa will let them have the Tuesday afterwards off before they start on making the presents for the railway next year.