Monday, 30 October 2017

Saturday - Another quick job. Join the queue!

When carriages, or wagons for that matter, enter the works they tend to get assessed as being a quick repaint, 6 weeks, a refurbishment something in the 3-9 month range or a full restore usually 15 -18 months but can be longer depending of what we find.

The scope of each of these definitions is somewhat loose. Mission creep is common. While its in it won't take long to ........   is often heard and acted on before it can be stopped.

Thus 4763 was rolled out today after its 'quick repaint ready for Broadway' ans just happened to remove the strip lights refitting the original circular light cluster fitting and repainted the ceiling and ..  So 4763's 6 weeks turned out to be more like 9.

Another, can you just .... This is Rudolf now in chocolate and cream undercoat, not Pinocchio,

One quick job that does have to be completed quickly is the clean up of the works while all the vehicles are being shunted. Sweep up, move to storage or bin bits takes off, restack ladders and steps and move larger things around while there is space, like shunt Santa's sleigh from the woodwork shop to the paintshop!

SDomething that surprises everybody is the curve of the works

So the new carriage in for a quick repaint is BG 81039 The brake coach from the third rake while the BSK the nominal brake coach for that rake is undergoing a full restore that will last probably until the back end of next year.

We have about a 5 week window until 4614 is ready to move into the paintshop. So rather than leave the paintshop empty we are doing this quick repaint.

So Dave's got the message. Thanks to Richard Stone for this picture.

The more conventional approach which has a tendency to lead to the mission creep. removing the old paint and then the revealed rust reveals a hole in the bottom of a door.

We have also taken the opportunity of the shunt to switch the LMS brake van round with the China Clay Wagon. The brake van is almost ready for painting and its also very long. By putting it into the paintshop with the BG, which is only 57' rather than the usual Mk1 63' we have rather more working space available all round.

With most of the wood now removed from the China Clay wagon Paul set about sanding and painting the hinged bars for the side flaps

4614 resumed its original position in the workshop for a little longer. Steve, with his 2 helping hand props, panelled the north end of the enlarged vestibule. The side still need doing that's next week perhaps.

The BSK was also back into its original position in the barn with Ken soon wire brushing round the toilet window

and uncovering an original repair to the window corner. This was tack welded in
place and filler used to cover the holes! How times have changed. These days the tack weld is only the start. Our team of welders join them all up these days.

and paint over the finished work as well. James has just finished the doorway on the Malvern side

before welding in new plate around the corridor connection. Ken and Andy have made great strides in preparing the south end connection ready for removal.
 Tony having cleaned up the window sliders from the BSK gave a hand sanding the recoverable sections of timber for the China Clay wagon. The cloud of dust somewhat obscuring the picture. we had the extraction fans on Max power and it soon cleared.

With all the doors being worked on at the moment we are running short of door plate shims. used to get the lock plates positions properly

25743 has been put on the jack road and the body lifted to deal with a steam leak. This section of the offending pipes leaves us in no doubt of the need for a complete section of new pipe not just a short section repair.

Still well in advance of the rest of the work the upholstery team have started work on another carriage. Dave and Penny removing the old moquette and staples

while John and Jenny, with the sun streaming in the window, start covering the seat side trims and arm rests for the first class section of CK 7221.

This is a carriage we very much want to get done although its a compartment carriage. Being a CK it was originally built with a stretcher window. The fittings for it are still in place so we want to get that working again. Watch out for the first war week-end when it comes into service!

The first couple of trims are done.


Paul & Marion Sucksmith said...

From Reindeer to clay waggons what a variety! Some really good work going on there. When we came to the railway in September we travelled first class from Cheltenham to Toddington and found the quality of the seats very comfortable! so much so we asked to be upgraded for the rest of the day, we were told there is no extra charge so when we finished our day we donated so cash into one of the donation boxes, money well spent! Marion was able to really enjoy her day because the seat was so comfortable! So a thumbs up from us. Great work every one!
Paul & Marion

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

Standards. It’s not just a clay wagon it’s a China Clay wagon. We try hard so glad you had a ‘first class’ ride.


Anonymous said...

Regarding the China Clay wagon.
Can you tell me please the vehicle number ?
Are you restoring it as a China Clay tip as when
it came out of Swindon or when it was converted in
the 1970s in St Blazey.
I worked in St Blazey at the time.
Mike g