Thursday, 5 October 2017

Tuesday - Sequences

With 12 attending we had a much bigger turnout for the "quiet day" than over the past few weeks. More turning up meant more done, so some very good progress and a number of sequences to show..

With some initial window top coating done on Saturday, the priority for both sides of TSO 4763 was getting the cream section as complete as far possible for the first top coat. Cheryl and Bob Slater tackled the Cotswold side.

Phil Brown started on the Malvern side, while in the back ground Stu Howarth completed the first top coating of the roof. It was good to see Phil back after a spell away.

With Phil having to leave early, John Hughes and Rod Wells continued painting the Malvern side.

A view from the south end showing the gleaming first top coat on the coach roof. In the distance Maurice undercoats the tank filler area of the roof - this section remained undone as it was the general access point while the rest was being painted. Then gradually moving towards the south end, he applied a second top coat to the central section, completing a considerable number of panels.

Having completed his Malvern side roof painting, Stu black glosses the north end of the coach.

Looking through the north end corridor connection as Dennis applies paintable sealant to some parts of the ceiling, such as where small gaps showed between the roof panels and the cross-beading.

At the south end John Hughes continues the basic ceiling undercoating.

In the Upholstery shop it was some more non-C&W work for Vivien, working on the chairs for the Weighbridge Hut

It was good to see Steve Barnfield in today, making great progress in the new enlarged vestibule in TSO 4614. Steve initially completed the ceiling support structure he started on Sautday.

Before moving on to the ceiling boards themselves, here applying an overall coating of PVA to act as a damp seal.

The overall result at the end of the day - a job very well done.

John Hamer was also in and back under the south end of TSO 4986, connecting up more of the steam heating system. With the joint in place, a length of auxiliary was put through the hole in the framework and connected to the main steam pipe.

In turn this length will be attached to another piece that feeds the radiator(s) in that part of the coach.

Back to the "sheep's head" or steam chest/trap with the drip valve now fitted. This unit is placed at the lowest part of the main steam pipe and allows condensate to drain from the heating system.

In answer to the query posted at the end of last Thursday's report on how the steam heating system works, the HRA have issued a document entitled "Steam Heating Apparatus", which explains the system for both locomotive and coach. It is at

Report by Dave Clark


St Blazey 1925 said...

The roof of 4763 looks too good to send out into the autumn/winter weather! Also the vestibule interior of 4614 looks fantastic.
I had a look at the detailed workings explanation of the steam heating system by HRA. I read it avidly, although I think the diagrams and terms may be a little beyond some of our readers, not putting them down in any way, but my partners eyes would glaze over if she even got halfway down the second page!
Great photographs and details. Regards, Paul.

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

You like us will be pleased to read the latest boardroom blog with details of a future carriage shed.

Anonymous said...

Yes, that is very good news. Whilst it's always going to be virtually impossible to put every coach or wagon under cover, at least it means that some of the more valuable stock (it's all valuable of course, I know!) can be better protected against the weather and, more importantly, low life oxygen thieves. Toddington Ted.