Sunday, 31 December 2017

Saturday - Final session for 2017

 A good turnout with 22 in attendance, though getting rid of Christmas excesses was doomed to failure with the amount of food that appeared (and was eaten) in the Mess Room!

After losing two days of running this week because of the bad weather, it was good to see the Christmas Cracker Gala in action, with "Foremarke Hall" coming by in fine style.


For John Hamer it was back to checking and adjusting the bogies on BG 81039.


John Squires was again working on the vacuum testing machine, applying a coat of oxide in preparation for painting in undercoat Dark Grey followed by the same blue we used on the DMU.


Into the Woodwork shop to see Eddie, who was working on the new handrails for the Broadway Station ticket barrier. The posts weigh several hundredweight, so getting the correct measurements wasn't easy. However the template explains all and the end result is looking good. Final trimming of the second one was underway when I visited.

As for Eddie's adorable Ria, it was the usual pleading look which translated means, "Where's my biscuit?".


In the Paintshop Richard Stone was undercoating some of the new primed planking for the china clay wagon.
Sometimes the nuts undo easily, and sometimes they don't. Working on the china clay wagon, Paul Ellis encounters the latter, having to resort to the lump hammer and cold chisel to complete the job that even the angle grinder had problems getting through.
Lettering to be whitened and another job for Alex next Tuesday, having already done the plate on the other side of the wagon.

Clive, who now drives up from near Andover (about 60 miles), was undercoating the new wooden window frames on the LMS Guards Van. It's good to see the cabin glass back in.

Andy, who comes even further from Luton (80 miles), was replacing the oil pads for the van's axle boxes.


Tony was cleaning up the frames for the sliders on BSK 34929. We need to get these painted so that the cleaned and repainted sliders can go back in.

As expected there was a lot of activity on TSO 4614. Chris worked on two of the Malvern side doors, attaching the window and lazy tongs to the end one
and then working on fitments for the frame on the centre door.

Steve checks the fitting of the pelmet board for the corridor end sliding door,
before adding the beading in the Woodwork shop.

Andy later moved on to the north end hoses,
While Richard Johnson (in new bright overalls!) reinstated the step and tare plate at the same end. Now who's going to paint that tare plate - Jeff or Alex?

Talking of Jeff, he was completing the undercoating on the south end of 4614.


Our Works Finance Officer busy with the washing up - well done Jeff!


It was a busy day with still more going on and simply not photographed - apologies to those missed out.

Wishing a very Happy New Year to all our readers. With 2017 about to close, here's to a good 2018!

Report by Dave Clark

Friday, 29 December 2017

Thursday - Working off the Christmas excess

Another bitterly cold start with a lot of hard lumpy ice and snow in the station car park and yard, and sadly the trains had to be cancelled again. However 10 of us made it in on what turned out to be quite a sunny day.

Two views of the yard with the snow crunchy underfoot. In fact the station park and yard were pretty lethal - it was like driving over slippery rocks. Some station staff had trouble getting back out and needed a push. It all turned to slush later on, but by 4 :00pm it was freezing up again - we all decided to leave early.


Braving the cold were Dave Hancox and Robert Wells, eagerly working on their new coach SK 24006. The general aim is to get it in a stable condition, preventing further water ingress and corrosion as far as possible. Robert cleans up the metalwork on this corner prior to coating in oxide, and eventual sealing up. As well as being a station master and signalman, Robert has now also joined C&W.

Inside the coach Dave, with help from Kevin, was clearing out unwanted items.

Derek was fitting the missing glass in the windows of the LMS guards van.


Later he was refitting the hand rails on the Malvern side of the van.

The first job for Alex was putting an initial coat of varnish on one side of the re-stained south end compartment door from TSO 4614.

He then had a field day, varnishing everything on the trestles. As this is probably the second or third coat, all these items should now be ready for fitting.

Steve Barnfield is fitting the top runner for the south end corridor sliding door of 4614.


With the bottom runner attached and the door fitted, Steve carefully tests it.


Back to Alex now working on the Malvern side centre door of 4614, initially filling and sanding, and then adding a coat of undercoat light grey. In the background the ceiling sections and beading strips for the new vestibule have been primed and Alex later undercoated these in white.


A lot more filler was needed on this Malvern side door.


John Hamer, Ken, and Steve Smith were also in, but I was unable to get
any photos.

Report by Dave Clark

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Christmas - wrapped

With Christmas Day almost upon us, we're still beavering away at our various projects.

The first main job of the day is getting the coaches back into the Workshop and Barn now that the new lighting and extra 16 amp power points have been installed. BSK 34929 looks nicely lit under the new central row of LED lights.

Workshop done, and now the Barn as Richard Johnson guides Phil on the 03 with TSO 4986.


Paul Ellis cleans up more of the metalwork on the china clay wagon, with Richard Stone working at the south end.


More cleaned and painted  metalwork from the wagon,
plus some new planking which has been sanded and primed.

Now into the Woodwork shop to find Steve fabricating the framework for the central sections of ceiling for the enlarged vestibule in TSO 4614.


At the end of the day, the three new sections, completed and ready for a coat of primer.


The Caulfeld family painting team, Tony and Alex, making a wonderful job of top coating the entire Cotswold side of 4614, and all one within a few hours.


The completed first top coat Cotswold side, the Malvern side is still to do.

 In the south compartment where the seating has been installed, Richard Johnson applied the heating control identification plates.

Inside the LMS Brake Van, the internal walling is being refitted.

Ken was back working on the hardwood plates for the north end corridor connection of BSK 34929.

Another job done by him was taking the cover off the south corridor connection on TSO 4986.

John Hamer and Kevin working on the south end bogie of BG 81039. The riding quality of our coaches continues to improve with all the attention given to the bogies, wheelsets and general riding levels.

Richard removing loose paint from our new GUV 86828. As soon as we get the chance to do the job, the ghastly appearance will soon be covered up with a coat of fresh paint.
Post Christmas and back to work well almost! We had intended to meet up to blow away the over indulgence we intended to meet up again on Wednesday. However, there was a little matter of snow
and only 4 of us made it in. Eddie from Greet, Nick from Broadway, Geoff from Gloucester and myself from Cirencester.
Eddie continued the work on shaping the Broadway ticket barriers.

The first one done. Mounting them will be interesting as the posts will need to be very precisely positioned or the top won't go on. The match between post and rail is very exact.

All on wood work was Geoff who completed the final trim of the last door liner on 4614.

I took the opportunity of the quiet to put a second coat of varnish on the door panels for 2 of the doors.

while Nick continued with plating up the south end of the BSK. With the welding gas running low, it wasn't a day to go and get more, he tack welded into position many of the remaining plates. they will be fully welded up when the new supply arrives.

With more bad weather forecast for the late afternoon and evening we decide to finish around 15:00. So that we could all get home before the roads refroze and dark descended.

which did give me a chance to enjoy the scenery on the way home.