Monday, 13 November 2017

Saturday seating

The upholstery team were very glad that during the week we took the opportunity to move all the new seats for the RMB to into the carriage. The rain made being out side undesirable. It wasn't a place for nice new seats.

So inside they made the most of it and completed the fitting of the new set of seat. This moquette has already been much admired by members of other departments.


With that carriage finished the team started on 5023; another carriage where they have a complete set of replacement seat already to fit.


Taking a seat of different kind Bob was working his way along the roof of the BG in the paintshop.


by the end of the day the roof was fully undercoated save for a little patch at each end where he identified some repairs are needed.


It wasn't just the roof that was getting attention as Martin and elsewhere\George was working on the Cotswold side


Indirectly this was another seat getting some attention. Derek was fitting the trim strip round the ducket windows on the LMS guards van. Inside the ducket is off course where the guard can sit lean back and look along the side of the train protected from the weather. 

I have tried it its not the most comfortable of places or positions to sit in but it is preferable to standing out on the vans veranda to see what's happening.

Work on the China Clay wagon was continuing as Richard cleaned up some mounting plates for the timbers.

Paul was busy painting some of the other steel work with red oxide.

I think this answers the question of what the china clay wagon number is. Alex was back from university for the week-end and couldn't resist a visit.

He is studying dentistry. I hope he doesn't take any lessons in from Ken when it comes to tooth extractions. I suspect the pipe connector did come off in the end.

On 4614 Steve fitted the sliding corridor door track and door to the corridor connection door at the north end. he then had to remove the door again so that we can get the panelling varnished.

Try as we might its not always possible to get everything done in the desirable order. It so much depends on who is available at any particular time.

Still it is only takes a few screws to hang the door. The main thing is the track is in position.

The door hangs from a pair of brackets that seem to be rather short of. so John Osborn set about making a few extra ones.

That should keep us going.


Toddingtonted said...

Many thanks (as usual) for the update. The moquette that you are using for the seats does indeed look good, even in the photo, so it doubtless looks even better in the flesh!

crossleydd42 said...
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crossleydd42 said...

My understanding is that duckets was not the usual term used by railwaymen: they were referred to as 'Guards Lookouts' or merely 'Lookouts'. They were usually well padded with horsehair, too, to avoid the person looking out to hurting his head as the train swayed!

St Blazey 1925 said...

I can concur on the term 'Lookouts' and also, as an ex Guard at Kidderminster, if you turn yourself on the seat to the direction of travel, (as looking the otherway is purely academic), you will find it a lot more comfortable. Also, when on engineering trains, where not so much was done by the Guard as purely necessary for his presence, and he was able to get some sleep on a night job as he was told to stand off 'till morning, his Guards' bag made a good pillow. I also found it advantageous to take a candle so as to get a decent light in the brake van and save the battery of the Bardic lamp. Another thing I always carried on a goods job was a small bundle of redundant wagon rope, which made an excellent fire lighter to help with damp wood and/or coal in the stove. A small shovel also came in useful to remove the remains of earlier fires where the preceding Guard was too idle to trim the fire. Some used the blank or even the red shade to the side lamps as a shovel!, which did them no good at all. Cleaning of the windows was also beyond some other than using spit and newspaper - a smeary result. A bonus though if you had plenty of lamp oil in your lamps! (and a full set of lamps).

The new seat covering does indeed look good and very like the original 1950's. Well done there. I look forward to a visit to the railway and a trip in one of the RMB's so fitted. Regards, Paul.

HowardGWR said...

Fascinating anecdotes from St Blazey! Another term I heard was 'projections'. I was told that was the official term.

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

I suspect like many things it depends where you come from in the country as to what it was known as.