Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Saturday - Wrecking Crew

Sorry for the delay - Having problems uploading some pictures they will be added as soon as iIcan sort it out!

Quite an interesting day, with removal and demolition being very much to the fore. I confess I got the title of this report from the film "The Sting", "Wrecking Crew" being the name of one of the horse names used in the "Big Con".

Starting on a gentler note, the old and the new in the form of the tray used in the LMS Guards van. The latter was made by Andy Turner.


The new tray in place - well done Andy and thank you for producing this.


Both the LMS and BR Guards vans will be used during our Galas for brake van rides. Having just rails for security isn't on when you have travelling public, so Derek measures up in readiness for four doors o be made. These will be clipped back when not being used.


At the other end of the Paintshop, Martin did the yellow lining out at the south end Malvern side of TSO 4614. Bar the missing doors, this leaves just the black to do on this side of the coach to complete the lining out.


At the north end Ken reconnects the communication cord mechanism.


Paul Wood vacs out the coach yet again. Frustrating to have to keep doing this, but it does keep the dust down, and eventually he will be sealing the floor, in particular the new lino.

On into the Workshop to see Paul Ellis sanding down more of the new heavy planking for the china clay wagon.

Richard Stone primes the latest batch of prepared planking.

Back in the Paintshop, Richard has given the previous batch of planking and the two heavy metal corner sections another top coat of "Freight Brown"

A walk up to the Platform 2 to find the Upholstery team in the Maroon Rake, busy fixing the newly reupholstered seating. John and Jenny secure two of the seat backs.

Further along Penny (and husband Dave).

A general view showing the seat cushions ready to replace the worn ones.

Walking back in the rain with a very atmospheric view of the yard and running line to Toddington, and the Cotswold escarpment. One wonders whether it will ever stop raining!

Having viewed the gentler side of Saturday in C&W, it's back to the destruction with yet more of the cracked paintwork being removed from the Cotswold side of BCK 21092. Ian, Andy Thompson and Ainsley are all well stuck in with this very necessary job. Ian and Andy later moved on to the BSK, but Ainsley was not left alone as John Osborn also lent a hand.
The new vacuum pump was given another successful test.

Now onto the major destruction of the day, with James discussing with Eddie the plans for the conversion of the south end of BSK 34929 into a larger wheelchair facility. The result of the meeting? Strip it all out!

And strip it out we did, with James applying the required force where needed.

By mid afternoon, the seating stored in the existing disabled compartment had been removed and stacked with covers for protection, while the unwanted double doors, old panelling and all sorts of things gradually accumulated outside. The doors will also be stored away, but thank goodness we recently renewed our waste skip for the rest of the stuff!

By the end of the day, the clearance largely complete and a view of what will become the new enlarged compartment.

"Don't you lot make any more mess on my newly vacuumed floor!"


Report by Dave Clark



St Blazey 1925 said...

I hope I don't sound (look) stupid, but why get rid of the double doors on the BSK when they could be used also for wheelchair access? Also why get rid of the horizontal planking when it could just be varnish finished?
All the rest seems to be coming along at great guns rate.
Re. the LMS brake van: I once worked an ex SR van with doors fitted - seemed very unusual at the time but quite useful, as it helped keep some of the snow off the veranda! Regards, Paul.

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

I think at this point the simple answer is wait and see what we are doing! The whole are is being converted to an open saloon facility. It will mean 4 doors less to restore, only 10 instead of 14, more seating and much improved wheelchair access.