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


St Blazey 1925 said...

A good weekend with the steam gala. Even from Victorian times, lay people have been interested in the operation of the railways and seeing for themselves behind the scenes. Great progress in the yard with the BR brake van, I see. The BSK is also looking a lot better than it did. Regards, Paul.

Anonymous said...

It was good to meet you, Dave, the 'Fiddler on the Roof' John Osbourn and Alex on Monday. Thank you all for your time, it was fascinating to talk to you about your work. For those of you who haven't visited the 'works' it is mind blowing the to see the quality of the work which is going into 3132, it is coming up like new and will be a wonderful tribute to the lady after whom it is being named.


Richard Symonds