Thursday, 5 October 2017

Saturday- shuffle

There was a big shuffle of the rolling stock in the C&W sidings today as 4440 was extracted from the back sidings ready fir collection. The restoration list is such that we would not get to work on this for a long time and it was felt better to send it to somewhere it will be restored in a much shorter time scale.

Ken and Kevin also got to extract some spear fencing for restoration. A project on behalf Building Services. We have currently hung the first panel from one of our hoists. It’s easier to get to both sides of it.

 Also shunting stuff about were Paul and Richard. Having removed some more of the wagon floor it was possible to extract the brake cylinder.

Being on the narrow side of the workshop it was a bit of a shuffle to manoeuvre it out and into the cylinthe main workshop.

James working his way up the end of the BSK in the barn We have removed much of the structural sections of this end of the carriage which has suffered badly

from a large hole in the roof which is still to be repaired. The hole should be round where the water tank filler is mounted!

The Malvern side ducket has been rehung on the LMS brake van. The scaffold tower was just the right height for Derek and I offer it up without the need to lift it into position. That would have taken at least 4 of us not so much due to its weight but there is nothing to get hold of.

In the paint shop George and Husain started on the first top coat working their way round the windows.

On 4614 Chris made excellent progress on the door liners for door 2 its now ready to position and fit the lock plate. a job for next week.


St Blazey 1925 said...

You drew the short straw with the spear top fencing to work on didn't you? Talking of which, with no blog for a week, I was seriously worried for your health. Hope you alright. I know from experience that doing voluntary work all the time can take its toll on you! Anyway, it looks like plenty was done with the 'C & W shuffle'. (Sounds like a new dance craze doesn't it?). Kindest regards, Paul.

Anonymous said...

Much more interesting is the, presumably temporary departure of TSO 4440 for refurbishment. I understand that some work had already been done on this 1957 built vehicle. I guess the workshops at the East Somerset Railway might be its destination? Toddington Ted.

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

The carriage has been sold to a private buyer from another railway in the midlands. While some work had been done by its previous owner there is far to much to do compared with. Number of other carriages we have to work on. We couldn’t see it being touched by us for at least 6 years by which time it would have seriously decayed.

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

Thanks for your thoughts, there is no ill health involved. I publish the blog when I get the chance. With church duties and swimming club duties plus a speaking engagement on behalf of the railway to also be fitted in my life doesn’t always allow time for blog publications!

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

P.S. the cost , so I am reliably informed by those who know, of an external restoration of a carriage is in excess of £100,000. Not a sum we could afford to spend on a single carriage.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for the update on the (permanent) departure of 4440, as you say, not a viable proposition given all the work required on both maintaining running stock and restoring stored stock. Toddington Ted.