Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Tuesday After a very busy weekend

Following the three very successful Steam Gala days over which we had a large number of visitors to the Works, Tuesday was somewhat quiet to say the least, with just 6 of us in.

The first job of the day was dismantling all the displays, signage, and tape barriers after the weekend. Maurice unscrews the direction signs from the trestles.

Cheryl took care of the remaining bits of filling and painting on the door edges and frames at the north end of FO 3132. 

Dennis worked on BSK 34929, initially doing some further sanding (flattening) on the rough edges, where the paint had been burnt off the upper panels, and more of the dug-out craters.

The next job was to continue filling the reamed-out rivet line with the non-porous metal filler.

Finally when the metal filler had been sanded down, a final topping of standard filler completed the job, with Maurice also helping out.

Out in the yard, Richard and Paul were back on the BR Guards Van.

At the moment, much of the platform edges are a horrible mixture of rust, flaking metal, rotten wood and dirt. It's now a case of clean off what you can to see how good the underlying metal plating is.

With his part cleaned up, Paul angle grinds the plate to see how good the metal really is.

The cleaned up and reattached parts of the brake mechanism are now being coated in red oxide.

These will be numbered before being taken off again ready for the grit blasting of the wheels and underframe.

Report by Dave Clark

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Saturday - Gala Day

A very busy day on the Railway for the first of the three days of our annual steam gala. Although spending a lot of time with our visitors, I was able to get some photos of the work that went on today.

We had many visitors throughout the day and, although we couldn't allow them through the Workshop or Barn as it was a working day, they were able to see inside the almost completed FO 3132. We received very many compliments on our work, which was very heartening to say the least, so if you are reading this report, a big "Thank You" from all of us in C&W for your kind thoughts.

Particularly nice was seeing ex-GWR 0-4-2T 1450 pulling the freight train out of the station to go to Toddington to begin the freight runs and brakevan rides. Amongst the consist was our newly outshopped ex-GW grey van.
It's not often that you will see Upholstery doing the work of the "Dirty Gang, but here Jenny and Penny are fitting a new sleeve that they have made to the steam heating valve at the north end of FO 3132.

Today Steve more or less completed all his work in the north vestibule of 3132. Here he is preparing the cupboard door for the toilet pipework. This will need staining and then 3-4 coats of varnish.
With the roller shutter up to allow our visitors to see (but for safety reasons, not enter) the Workshop, there was a good view of the LMS Brake Van with Clive and Andy busy at the south end.

At the south end of TSO 4614 Chris contemplates the next step in his work to ensure the door fits with the new door frame pillars in place.

Back in the Paintshop, Paul is staining what looks like the top cover for a corridor end sliding door, and as he has the "magic mix" bottle, this has to be for 3132 and no doubt the north end vestibule. The nearby tin of varnish sits waiting to be used once the stain has dried.

In the Workshop Phil is making some new gaskets for the toilet filler tanks.
John Squires was in the process of making a new corridor end chequer plate - I'm guessing this is for the north end of 4614.

In the Barn Ken sands down the Chemical Metal filler along the rivet line of BSK 34929.

Briefly back to the Gala to catch "P&O" returning to Toddington. Making a change from painting, Cheryl is helping out on crossing duty and keeping everyone back while the southbound train approaches the station.
Arghhh, what's this?!! Has Hammer Horror come to C&W?! This strange sight of an old glove stuffed into the foam padding inside a seat was almost certainly being used to cover broken seat mesh. It certainly made Dave Dron jump when he uncovered it. Similar stuffing was found further across the seat.

Penny and John were preparing covers for headrests inside the maroon RMB. Three new headrests are in the foreground.

With her work on the sewing machine finished for the day, Jenny kindly sweeps up.

Sadly the pile of expired seat springing grows as more are found with lots of broken mesh. This isn't easy stuff to repair and in this state is difficult to cover successfully, so the metal skip will probably be where they will end up.

On the good side is the foam that is now being used instead, which has a life span of about 5-7 years. Having tried out the "test seat" seen here, I can vouch that it is very comfortable.

A final look at the Gala with our other visiting loco, Standard Class 4 2-6-0 76017, bringing the first of the loaded freight trains past C&W. Judging by the number on the Queen Mary, the brake van rides are again proving to be very popular. The photo also emphasises the sheer size of C&W since the Bill Ellesmere building was added.

Report by Dave Clark

Friday, 26 May 2017

Thurasday - Investigations

Today the work on the freight wagons for the gala was completed. Several of the axle boxes were found to have water in them. So the axle boxes concerned were removed and, taking advantage of the sun, allowed to dry out in the sun before being remounted and refilled with oil.

In the barn Peter Holt was investigating a noisy roller berring. Here is why, you can see the pitting and damage to the rollers, (the dark patches).
The barn follows the ambient outside temperature fairly closely so although you have shade the heat is still there. Jim found in to hot for the full overalls while painting the Cotswold side of the roof of the BSK

as did Malcolm who was painting the other side.
George was making progress on some filling before switching to the rivet line, (the lover long black line in the picture) for some Chem Metal filling which is very much better along this joint line.
Ken set about removing the communication cord rodding across the end of the carriage. He didn't get much resistance fro the rust which didn't bode well for the rest of the end.

So investigations continued with Ken biting the bullet and taking an angle grinder to the north end of the BSKs lower panel. We had our suspicions and they weren't good!

Little to say about this UGGGHH! So that's a new base plate and lower section of pillar then. If you are not familiar with what you are looking at the 3 inch high heap of rust shouldn't be there and the lower 2 horizontal strips should be one solid steel plate.This of course means the panelling out of the vestibule and the floor out as well.

Back to the paintshop for a little recovery time. Robin painting the inner end section of the corridor connection

while Phil was working on the door trims preparing them for final painting.

Final now there is a point. In the workshop David refitted the final window frame to 4614. That's about 14 of the 16 out and now back in with all the window corners repaired.

So its over to this happy pair and their team mates, Ron and Alan refitting the wooden internal trim to the second of the 8 windows on the Malvern side of the carriage

and later Ron with Roger putting the mastic sealing strip round the glass for the third window.

Roger had started the day in C&W, disappeared to do a 'meet and greet' on the lunch time train and was back to help here during the afternoon!

Dave back from holiday found some easy painting to do, first fitting the veranda entrance strip to the Queen Mary brake van then touching up one of the step edges.

Chelsea - Winchcombe style

While frequent references is made to the dilapidated stock awaiting restoration in the C&W yard, stock that also represents our spare parts section. Little, no nothing, is ever mentioned of the extensive garden which is, at this time, a picture.

So here is a selection the various flowers, grasses and ferns that adorn the C&W yard.

I think you will agree a wide ranging botanical collection.