Friday, 19 January 2018

Thursdasy - the final straight

First the catch up shot from Wednesday with the double saloon doors in place.

So to Thursday with more door work. These the panels for door 2 from 4614. Bob gave them a second coat of varnish

and another coat to the table stores.

and then did a third coat on the south end vestibule.

Phil spent the day with the vacuum cleaning the roof of the accumulated dust.We always try and do this before a carriage leaves the workshops.

The suggestion is always leave it and let the rain wash it off. The problem is if we only have a shower the dust only gets streaked down the sides and makes a mess on the nice new paintwork.

The exterior is progressing well with the Cotswold side complete except for the one door still to be fitted. The lining out on the Malvern side has now commenced with Richard Hoy and Martin stripping the masking tape that denoted the lines before cracking on with the line painting.

This puts the carriage very much on the final straight: which is fortunate because all the seats have already been sold in the carriage for 2 of the 4 race trains.

Derek planed the back kick board for the Malvern side running board of the LMS Brake van.

Bryan continued with the filling and sanding round the window frames of the BSK 34929 and also filling all the rivet heads where we have removed and replaced windows.

We hade backed of most of the work on this carriage while we focus on the new arrival in the hope of getting that carriage through for a repaint and into use for this seasons trains. There is an anticipation of great need for all the extra seating we can muster with Broadway opening.

There are also some thoughts on a disabled access modification to the carriage. Thus improving the situation in the third rake. Watch this space!

Being deep in the close season we are also deep into the winter maintenance jobs on the running rakes. Alan, Dave Richards, Paul and here Pat undertaking a number of jobs. This one replacing a section of rotten window wood. and give it a coat of paint.

The next carriage coming through the line is the second green TSO. Ken has started on the mammoth task of removing the rusted south end and cutting back to good steel work. We are consequently also removing lots of wood which also happens to be rotten.


A shot through the cloud of dust as the paint removal from the BCK continues. Another day with 5 volunteers committed to the task.

and what a good job they are doing. We are now about half way through the job and getting back on course to meet our original hoped for schedule of having it ready for the paintshop when 4614 leaves it. The large sections or protective anti-corrosive green paint an indication of progress. More was added after this picture.


Alistair Kewish said...

It might be just coincidence but that anti-corrosive green paint has been around for a lot longer than most of us would care to remember.

Something remarkably similar was used almost ad nauseam across the BR network.
Rumours abounded as to its origins. One line of thought suggested that a certain Beeching might have got hold of a never-ending supply through his many connections.
Wherever it came from we can all agree on one thing. The vile colour thought up by a colour-blind technician/ designer. I wasn't impressed the first time I saw it in the Derby area. I'm still not.

Good job that it is then covered up by layers of subsequent paint and varnish.

Anonymous said...

well done. you have brought to life that old saying Silk purses from Sows Ears!!