Saturday, 10 December 2016

Saturday - Success

On a totally gloom day there was some success in C&W that brought a smile to our faces.

Now this may not seem like a particularly important picture but it is. It taken standing on top of the carriage. It shows the top of the water tank filler lined up in position with the hole in the top of the carriage.

To reach this point today there was a lot of checking to ensure all the support bars that hold the tank in position were ready and fitted. You have to remember that when this carriage arrived it had no tank and no fittings. So all the parts have been gathered from our various stores Ensuring that fitted was vital we found that the support stays were of 3 different lengths. So we selected the ones that fitted best. We also had to drill some extra holes as one end bracket had originally been of a very different design.

It was then another team effort to lift the tank over heads and hold it there while the stays were fitted and bolted in place. I was on the roof to ensure the 2 holes lined up for the breather pipe and the filler shown here would fit.

John Squires and I then went on to make the 2 connection pipes that connect the boss which screws in here to the filler pipes.

Totally focused and ignoring the tank fitting Alex on that 63' journey along the carriage lining out. A trip he did twice during the day painting the yellow line top and bottom on the Cotswold side..
Also starting another paint job was Richard as he started on the inside of the last2 doors for the goods van.

While we are on doors Steve was fitting a new pipework door to the south end vestibule of 3132.
Progress on 4614 is good with another job being started Here John Osborn prepares to replace the north Cotswold side corner.

 He builds it up in sections starting at the bottom. Further along the carriage James completed the repairs to the steel work round the first window. So that a frame that can now go back in.

John Hill  and Jenny were busy as usual in the upholstery shop. This is the 5th of 16 seat bases for 25743. During the day and through the rain they volunteered/press ganged,  some additional help to refit seat 3 and 4 and bring the replaced seats back to the workshop. A sterling effort as the carriage is down the yard about 100 yards from the workshop.

When the lights in the barn look bright you know its a gloomy day. However, the barn proved its worth today with a lot of activity in the dry. Bob was cleaning off and later painting the first coat of roof paint to the Cotswold side.

while Dave was working on the north end. The outer end but still in the dry1

 Having fitted the tank the team returned to the barn and brake rigging restoration. Andy cleaning up a section of the rigging. While John's Hamer and Osborn straightened out the mount pin on one of the brake riggers.

With it now straight it was all hands to refit all the components

and give it a test. Yep PULL lads put the brakes on. As can be seen in the back ground that rain continued to fall.
Finally and its always worth a smile, Pam from C&W who is more commonly seen cutting or welding metal dressed as a snowman for the Santa Specials


Anonymous said...

Whilst you weren't doing any on this particular day, when you refit your ally window-frames to steel bodyside, what product do you use between the two materials? I've heard of Mastic (or similar) from some previous blog enteries (maybe elsewhere) but i've never found this product by googling mastic. Any help would be appreciated.

Ken. said...

To answer the question, we used to use a self-amalgamating rubber that came on a roll. Two widths, about 12mm and a wider variant, and 3mm thick. That product is no longer available, and is now only obtainable at 1mm thick.

Hence, we now put a gasket of rubber around the frame and, on the coach body, apply a bead of butyl rubber. Terrible stuff because it gets everywhere however, it doesn't set. It only beads over where exposed to the atmosphere. Excess can be easily removed using any type of paint thinner.

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

We currently use Arboseal GZ, ordered direct from Adshead Ratcliffe & Co of Belper Derbyshire. It is supplied in rolls 12 metres long in various widths – we routinely use TPGZN223SBL and TPGZN153SBL, 22 mm and 15 mm wide respectively, both black. We find each of the 2 widths better for different parts of the job. Especially on later build vehicles where the glass is held in the frame with rubber mouldings and the assembly is therefore heavy, a bead of a good quality silicone sealant (e.g. Dow Corning 791) on the bodyside with the Arboseal strip applied to the frame makes it easier to fit and align the rivet holes without damaging the sealant strip. The silicone sealant also helps where either the frame or the bodyside is not adequately flat, as the Arboseal strip is not so thick as the discontinued Bostick strip we used previously.

Hope that helps

John Hamer

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

The sealent is terrible stuff because it gets everywhere. However, it doesn't set. It only beads over where exposed to the atmosphere. Excess can be easily removed using any type of paint thinner.


Bob said...

Thanks for your help gents. Muchly appreciated.

St Blazey 1925 said...

Phew! What a relief to get back to reading the blogs after the perils of moving house. Yes, I was in that awful weather even here in Cornwall, and what did I get to move house? A flat bed! which of course is open to the elements! Ho hum. Over now (until the next time), but I am nearer to the GWRSA railway club. regards, Paul.