Friday, 23 December 2016

Thursday - Still hard at it

Report by Dave Clark

We had a good number in despite getting near to Christmas. In the Mess Room the boxes of biscuits and chocolates, packs of donuts, mince pies and sausage rolls, etc. made sure nobody was on a diet! Hopefully all the hard work going on soon burnt all those extra calories!

Starting off in the Barn this time with SK 24949, Ken reinstated the missing length of capping strip on the repaired south end door frame. Just a bit of filler and undercoat to make this look good again.

Richard topped up the filling I had done on Tuesday on the north end Cotswold side door. 

There was a problem with the top of the door slightly sticking when pulled open (no filling had been done here). As such Jim ran an angle grinder against the door edge, which considerably improved the opening and closing. The door edges and frame are now ready for undercoating.

Jim then completed the filling around the reinstated window and undercoated the whole of the cream area here.

Considerable progress was made on the Malvern side, with Ainsley (in the far background) finishing off the windows at the south end, while with the tape replaced Richard started undercoating the lower panel. Ainsley later joined in and the whole lot was completed by close of play.

Moving into the Workshop and on to TSO 4614, Ken was busy cleaning up the metalwork on the edge of the Cotswold side south window.

Ron and Alan were back to internal window frames, improving the threads of the screw holes in the metal frame using the tiny grub screws.

The new wood section is then pushed hard against the grub screws to mark where the holes need to be drilled.
With so much else on the painting trestles for FO 3132, it's about time we returned to the many lamp shades for 4614, which Ron Bennett has modified for single bulb fitting. Enjoying the warm Paintshop, Michael cleans up and undercoats another batch.

Back in the Workshop John Varley is preparing some metal cages to protect all the new air line outlets.

Now onto FO 3132, with Tony cleaning up and painting the heating controls. Once cleaned, the lettering on each is smeared with black gloss which is then carefully wiped off to leave a neat "HEATER ON OFF". The arrow is similarly treated.

In the Paintshop Martin completes the first coat of varnish on the newly repaneled corridor end door, which now looks really good after the disappointment last weekend when we realised that the veneer was beyond saving. Another two coats and the door will look stunning.

The painting of the second of the new battery boxes for 3132 was also completed by Robin. This box can now be mounted on the Malvern side of the coach.

Inside the south compartment Phil begins attaching the supports for the heater covers.

In the south compartment, with the last bit of veneer panel in place, Pat reattaches the luggage rack support.

Robin carefully paints one of the recess plates for the communication cord.

Finally the big heave ho! With most of today's work force helping out, the second of the two giant luggage racks is lifted and then held in position while the retaining bolts are hurriedly screwed in.

and FINALLY while people will be in on Saturday but I won't be getting any blog post out this side of Christmas so

From Dave and Myself
a VERY Happy Christmas
and  New Year to you all

1 comment:

St Blazey 1925 said...

A very Western Region C&W at the moment and that's fine by me as the GWR and WR are my favoured company and region! Anyway, a great Christmas and a wonderful new year to us all.