Monday, 6 November 2017

Saturday - in motion

Another good attendance today with 25 signed in. We were soon spread out around the station site. Pam showed of the progress on the Tim Mitchell Building lamp brackets. These should be ready for painting on Wednesday.

Richard Johnson was working on the BG guards doorway to refit some loose capping strip
while Dave with the guard's door on trestles was dealing with some minor holes that need treating.
 On 4614 Steve fitted the end and side panels in the north end vestibule.

James spent much of the day welding in new section of steel work on the north end of the BSK in the barn. I later started grinding flat the finished welds and sorting some bracing bars ready for work on Wednesday.

Up at the station Paul was completing the Cotswold side wash of the maroon rake.

while Chris resolved the problem with a door locked out of use because the latch was loose. He had it all sorted by the end of the day so the door is back in use.

Further along the rake the upholstery team were doing more seat ends and arm rest fitting.

 The barn was the busiest place today not only with the welding but also spring and brake fitting in abundance. John's Hawkins and Hamer were with Ken (not in picture) adjusted the brake hangers by mounting them with the washers on the other way round. With the much thicker sprung washer to the outside  the block effectively was move inwards thus positioning it in line with the wheel rather than just outside the line of the wheel.

Then it was fit a matched set of brake blocks, lower the carriage body and take it for test up and down the yard.
while that was going on Ken and Ian refitted the re-tempered spring. John Hamer had a long drive of Thursday to get them back, one of those unseen jobs!

and this shows the reason for it. Another very tired looking set that will almost certainly be taken away soon. These do still sprin, just, but the ride in the carriage is noticeably hard.

Paul and Richard Stone continue with the rebuild of the China Clay wagon grinding of the rust from the side door hinges and repaint them

and doing more cleaning and prep work on some the wood planks that are salvageable.

There were 5 wagonson the back siding near the gate to the yard at Winchcombe. None owned by the railway, 3 have now gone. Including this
This one goes next week

and while this one is staying for the moment it is moving to a different location out of our way.


Paul & Marion Sucksmith said...

Those GWR brackets are a work of art! Well done!
Paul & Marion.

Anonymous said...

Are those "GWR" brackets based on an actual GWR design or have they been drawn up by someone to a freelance design?

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

they are to our own design. That is the design used for the platform 2 lamp brackets at Winchcombe. The lights have been up ever since.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reply! Being a heritage railway I would have thought getting an accurate design of a proper GWR lamp bracket would have been the first step to consider

Daily mayell said...

good to see the wagons on the move a few more to go and then roll on the covered carriage sidings to keep the rakes under cover in the winter months .john M.

St Blazey 1925 said...

So much happening. Great work by you all. Regards, Paul.

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

These wagons won’t help the carriage shed for the running rakes much. Getting the running sets in and out of the C&W sidings is a nightmare not to be undertaken you can only bring in, I think, it’s 3 carriages at a time due to the main line connection and the headshunt. It will help S&T gets proper home.

Paul & Marion Sucksmith said...

If you could make more of these brackets would you be able to sell them, if the price is OK I would consider buying two!
Paul & Marion

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

A lovely idea but the brackets are totally hand made and have taken several hours/days of volunteer effort. Our focus is restoring carriages this has been a special project enbracing training and experience opportunities while helping out the development of the Tim Mitchell building. Pam will soon be taking that experience forward to working on the carriages.