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