Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Tuesday - Fair weather maintenance

 We were really blessed with good weather and with 14 attending we had plenty of capacity to enable some good work outside on our running rakes, and in the sunshine too!

However starting off in the Paintshop, Cheryl began her day adding more varnish to the new back panel for one of TSO 4614's double doors, the Broadway Station handrails, and the second drinks shelf for 4614's disabled area (just visible at the back).


Her next job was cleaning up the table supports for 4614 with wire wool.


Keith later continued the job and then moved the finished supports into the Paintshop ready for mounting in the coach.

Stu was once again bouncing from job to job. The last of the new wood blocks for the buffer extension rests was fitted and then given a final coat of black gloss
It was then onto the items alongside the wall of the Paintshop. Initially dark grey undercoat for some new corridor end woods, followed by the first coating of Freight Brown for more new planks for the china clay wagon.
Finally some more tidying up of the paintwork on 4614. Fussy? You bet - we aim to make our coaches look as good as possible!
Not forgetting the communication cord flags with Richard adding the red gloss.

Steve was also in, finishing off the centre Cotswold side door with new rubber seals and beading (Stu soon had this painted up afterwards as well). Steve then moved on to fitting the second of the drinks shelves as Cheryl's varnish had dried.
Maurice cleaned up the remaining hand and safety rails on the LMS guards van, and then primed each with oxide before undercoating in white.
Being such a lovely day enabled us to tackle one of those Winter maintenance jobs that is often left because of other more urgent repairs and that is replacing worn doorframe seals. Those on TSO 4772 were particularly bad. Dennis begins on the Cotswold side centre door while David attacks the one at the north end.

They can be quite tricky to replace with rusting screws often a problem, but thankfully we generally seemed to escape this.  Ainsley completes the attachment of one of the new rubber seals on the Cotswold side centre door.

The easiest way to ensure the replacement seals when on straight and true was to staple them onto the backs of the beading before reinstating them. In Blue Peter fashion Bob holds up a batch he has done for two of the doorframes in SK 24949.

Meanwhile over on the Maroon rake, Richard and Adrian replaced worn seals on three of the doors on BSK 35308.

It wasn't all good news when we discovered that the Malvern side north end door area on TSO 4772 was somewhat wet, with a lot of soft wood and flaking paint. The possible cause may have been the silted up gutter, which I was able to partially clear by reaching up out of the window - the excess water soon drained off. Some work will be required here before replacing these seals.


Another problem was the sticking Cotswold side centre door. Dennis was able to sort this out and began repairing the frame. This was then undercoated.


With most of the seals replaced in 4772 we could begin the tidy up of the surrounding areas. John carefully removes flaking paint prior to some careful sanding and a top up with the Executive Light Grey. This job will be done for all the door areas over the next few days. The other coaches having varnished beading and panelling seemed not to need any repair work.

The good weather meant we could also do some spot repairs to the Cotswold bodyside of 4772, which essentially comprises digging out old cracked paint, priming, refilling and repainting. This in effect is simply a holding action until we can get the coach back into the Works for a quick refurb.


Finally, the status of the new yard road at the end of Tuesday.


Report by Dave Clark

Monday, 29 January 2018

Saturday - Wrecking Crew 2

Yes its not just film franchises that have sequels. Today another wrecking crew gathered to continue the deconstruction of the BSK baggage area and this time to also sort out what was for storage or disposal.

Is the door worth saving? where do we put it? More to the point have we got the energy to move it? Maybe after tea. The luggage rack can go with the others already in store.

By the end of the day the crew of Andy Thompson. Ian Kevin James and Phil had not only removed the rest of the panelling the lighting and wiring had been sorted and the ceiling removed and we had located various components we will need from storage for the rebuild.

The next episode should see the windows removed!

Also in deconstruct mode was Andy Turner under ken's guidance removing the rest of the timbers from the end of the green TSO in the barn.

However, it wasn't all demolition today. Tony was in helping out with some varnishing

It may be the only was to see son Alex 'home' for the week-end working on the door foot of each door round the carriage. Before finishing the day with varnishing  the last large door panel needed. Earlier Eddie had rounded the panel edges and Steve had punch and filled the panel pin heads.

Richard having stopped off in Toddington to drop Christine off for the RCS lunch and AGM came on to C&W to apply the transfers to 4614 before returning the RCS meeting. So much for being Chairman, easy life..... not!

Also on the rebuild path is the China Clay Wagon with Richard and Paul Ellis reconstructing the south end.

and doing some more painting. More brackets ready for painting all lined up

The birthday boy, Bob Happy birthday, was painting the interior of the LMS brake van

while Clive was sealing and priming the running boards.

In the upholstery shop the team were making some minor adjustments to the seat side panels for 4614. They were all made to the same pattern, unfortunately the seats and window frame aren't quite all the same.

Job done they ware soon all fitted

and Penny started on fitting the seatbacks in the north end. It can be quite a jigsaw puzzle to find the right combination and the top mount brackets are not all the same and have to inter link on back to back seats. plus the seat backs are actually handed left and right. One side being slightly curbed to match the curve of the carriage side. Get the seat on the wrong side and won't 'sit' level,
like this one doh.

while this was all going on Paul W was cleaning the south end floors ready for sealing,

and Steve completed the fitting of the coffee cup ledge in the disabled area.

In the barn John H. started on the hole filling now the big paint removal has been completed on the Cotswold side.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Thursday - Sunshine at last

Well we did have some sunshine and very nice it was too, but it was back to torrential rain by late afternoon. However another good number in, and a number of outdoor jobs could be done in the dry spell.

A walk up to the station found Dennis (and Paul Wood) busy with some exterior cleaning on our main rake.

Over the bridge to Platform 2 to find Malcolm adding some paint to the roof of one of our second rake coaches, where flaking had occurred. A big "Thank You" to him for thoughtfully positioning a sheet over the side of the coach because that High Build roof paint is a shocker for drips.

Yes, the sun really did shine. The view from the footbridge with the pretty station, the new Tim Michell Building, our Works in the distance, and the Cotswold escarpment. Paul (bottom right of the photo) looks on.

Tony and Pat were back repairing toilet window frames in the main rake. The Indoor Gang are doing a really great job with all these repairs, and greatly assisting our Maintenance Team with the huge number of over-winter jobs that need to be done to look after our rakes.

A look inside the RBr for Richard Bates to show me the first of the new extraction fan sleeves and fan in place in the kitchen.


Back in the Paintshop Richard Hoy was back on the tidying-up on TSO 4614. It's amazing was this extra effort achieves and is very well worthwhile as we want our coaches to look as good as possible.
On the Cotswold side Jeff was working on the latest door to be reinstated; basically this a catch-up job for the Painting Team. With some filler added where required and carefully sanded down, he applies the Madder undercoat.


At the north end Steve works on the corridor end door to ensure that it closes properly.


Later on he put in the first of the drinks shelves in the new wheelchair area. The inside of 4614 gets better by the day.

Next the LMS van and the first of the doors made by the Woodwork team that Peter mentioned in Wednesday's report. (so that what it was for)


In the Workshop Rob and Bryan were attacking the south end doorways on BSK 34929, removing more unwanted bits. It looks a right mess now, but think what it will look like once the new metal panelling and a window on each side are in place.

On the quieter side of restoration, Paul Ellis cleans up another bit from the china clay wagon.


More of the new planking freshly undercoated and two primed metal bars.


In the Barn Rex and Ken Austin were back working on the south end of TSO 4986. More old and corroded metal was carefully being removed. The new section of base plate sits waiting to be welded in when the rebuild can begin for that side. The red oxide highlights the previous day's rebuild.


Moving across to BCK 21092 with more cleaning up on the Cotswold side. Gerry sands the bared metal panelling after the grinder has removed all the old badly cracked paintwork.


At the north end Ainsley was still involved with the removal phase, but we are just about there with what needs to be taken off.


On the Malvern side Dave Hancox, who owns the coach, is cleaning up with a pad sander. Thankfully the line, although thickly painted, can easily be sanded out.

With almost everyone now gone, Ainsley does the final job of the day and primes the area being worked on by Gerry earlier on.


Report by Dave Clark