Saturday, 24 February 2018

Saturday - another one done, almost

Its always nice to have a bit of sunshine and it brought out a large number of volunteers today intent on making the most of it while it last! So with did today with a big shunt.

Steve was quickly into action fitting the final 2 tables in 4614 thus completing the interior fitting out.

After morning coffee it was on with the shunt and the sun shine allowed us to show off 4614 to its best. Not to bad for a near 60 year old. It just needs final checks on the bogies before going into service. Some of the checks have already been done by John Hamer and things are looking pretty good in that area as well.

In its place in the paint shop came 21092 In theory in for a quick repaint.......

but then we looked at the interior. We knew some of the seats needed attention and the upholstery team were soon looking at the worst one. removing tis seat back for attention in thr upholstery shop. Mean while Kevin went a seat hunt and has located, 'in the stores', a couple of potentially very suitable replacement that may well save some effort.

we also looked at the corridor flooring and  the investigation was not a happy one. We may have to think this restore out again.

The shunt does give us a chance to see just where we are with the work in hand. BSK 34929 out in the sun

as it swapped places in the workshop and the barn with the green TSO 4986

The LMS brake van with Clive waiting for the next move

(Picture Richard Stone)

retained its position as did the China Clay wagon. All be it they both had to move out and back in again during the shunt.
(Picture Richard Stone)

It was another training day for our new shunter driver Ian Stroud.
(Picture Richard Stone)
he did haver the 'L plates' on the O3 under the watchful eye of Phil who has been out sole driver for quite a few years. So hopefully in the future he will have a little help.

(Picture Richard Stone)

A different view of the shunt
(Picture Richard Stone)

With the shunting completed Richard got in the picture himself showing off the latest piece of his handy work. A neatly cut and well fitted corner. that will soon be ready for painting.

 Painting more of the running board on the LMS brake van was the order of the day for Clive

after the shunt James was soon back into action re-plating the south end of 4986 with John Squires cutting and trimming the new section in preparation.

At the other end shunt over Ian, Andy and Ken set about dismantling the north end ready for similar repairs.

The upholstery team occupied themselves during the shunt with some seat covering for Toddington. Well tat will brighten up the office!


Having taken an opportunity during the shunt to move some seats from store to workshop Dave was soon back to removing the old worn covers.

While Jenny and John worked on another of the office chairs.

and Penny marked up the sext section of the chain link mochette according to the detailed plan so that there is no wastage, this is the back of the cloth.

With the assistance of many John Squires was positioning and unpacking the latest bit of kit to arrive in the workshop; a milling machine. This will replace an old and a bit worn pillar drill and at the same time enhance our facilities.

My thanks to Richard Stone for the additional pictures today. Its always nice to get another view of what's going on!

Thursday - Exams to the fore

Another very large attendance with almost 30 signed in, which included our Maintenance team.

Starting off outside, it was buckeye exam time for the Chocolate & Cream rake. Phil (our 03 driver) and John Hamer are in discussion with John Appleton (our Head of Maintenance), while Tony Dowling checks the relevant aspects of one of the buckeyes. 

Another one done. John updates the all important record sheets. With 8 coaches in the rake, splitting each pair and examining the two intervening buckeyes, this is a lengthy job.


Job completed, with the 03 slowly pushing the rake back into Platform 2 ready for any further winter maintenance to be completed. The Maroon rake inspection is scheduled for next weekend.


Having completed the Maroon rake washing, Paul and Dennis also do the DMU centre car and then the Santa coach.

Continuing with the outside theme, a look at SK 24006 which has now been transformed into a red coach with sealed up corners. However it is now well protected until restoration can begin.


Ken Austen was welding at the south end of TSO 4986. On Saturday this coach will be swapping locations with BSK 34929 in the Workshop.

Tony and Pat were back in BSK 34929 working on internal window framing.

Now to the two goods vehicles, with Paul applying more Freight Brown top coat on the china clay wagon.

Bob adds paintable sealant to the many joints in the guards van veranda planking, prior to more top coating inside the cabin.


Seeing Bryan and Gerry walking back to the Works with sheets, etc., I went to the disabled compartment in maroon BSK 35308 to see their completed ceiling. An excellent job!

Finally, into the DMU centre car to find Jeff inside the new counter area, applying cream top coat to the new dividing panel

Phil carefully varnishes the wood surround.

Finally, having the centre coach back enables us to do any painting and other repairs. The vinyl sheet used to replace the original hasn't stuck to the ceiling very well, and with three of the panels now exposed we have decided to do what we have done with the following DMU refurbishments and paint them. Richard carefully removes the old adhesive.

Report by Dave Clark

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Wednesday - 2 teas please

Another day with a good turn out, 23 in attendance. So lots of progress which is fortunate with the days to operations fall fast and the weather predicted to turn nasty.
Today was installation day for the DMU server. The DMU is conveniently parked at the end of platform 1 at Winchcombe, thanks, I think, to Neil Carr and John Hamer for that.
Ed and Geoff with some assistance from various other members of the team took the various components out and set about fitting it all. 

Of course Ed builds things good and square. The carriage is anything but square so there was need for a fair bit of adjustment to make it stand square without any wobbling. The carriage can do that all on its own.

Once that was sorted the counter tops, with opening hatch were fitted.

and the end panel. There is a final bit of painting and varnishing to do tomorrow then we can all look forward to order the tea and sticky bun during a ride along the line on the DMU. I hope there will be sticky buns!

People rave about a ride behind the locos. However, if you want to see the line the DMU is about as good a view as you can ever have without being the driver. Clear views forward or backward and with the long straights we have its a fabulous trip and a chance to admire the work of the track teams, P'Way , lineside clearance and the drainage team as well.

Having a good seat is essential which bring me on the that area of our work Dave Ward was cutting a set of new seat bases for the upholstery team

who were back in production line mode. Dave at this end stripping and rebuilding the base frames Penny at the far end making seat covers both feeding into Jenny and John in the middle fitting the covers to the bases. This set of seats are destined for the green TSO

It will still be a while before the carriage is ready for seats First there is the not small question of repairs to the two end. This the south end where today Ken was in stalling a new horizontal strengthening bar, replacing the rather rusted previous one.

then there was the rebuild of the edges of the entrance door This section has neat curve which we have to replicate during the repairs. The gap at the bottom is where one of the base sections of wood will fit in..
The first objective for us is the completion of 4614. today the door team, in this case Paul and Mike together, were running through their final check list and while they were doing it greasing all the door hinges.
The check again showed there worth as one locking plate was found to be missing. Paul rectified that. and Des applied a quick tidy up coat of paint to finish it off.

 Then it was over to Derrick to right up all the notes.

21092 is due to swap place with 4614 at the week-end. So easy on the trains et at home but try it here. Its not so easy as the main rake is currently stabled in our head shunt. So nothing move until that have gone and there are things to do to it before it moves! So in the mean time Trevor set about cleaning the dust off the carriage

and David sorted out a bit more of the cracked paintwork, this time on thee north end.

The BSK which has now become the long job is making steady progress forward now. I say steady because by the time you have measure 2 checked the plan and double checked  by measuring from the other end as well progress is never going to be rapid. Care in all thing is definitely the watch word. There is a window goes in here somewhere!

Another bit of detail for the carriage. Its never, at least in the last 20 odd years had any support brackets for the corridor connection rain cover at the south end. Thanks to Bryan when it leaves the works this time it will have.

The China Clay wagon planks sanded yesterday got a coat pf primer today.

and so to the final 'point' of todays blog. Another little job from S&T who had been trying purchase a new point locking bar for the ground frame at Broadway. Having had no luck despite it being a supposed stock item the decision was made to visit Nick in C&W who duly obliged with the required modification to the old bar. The old bar was trimmed for a left hand turn out at Laverton but at Broadway it has to fit a right hand turn out so the alignment had to be adjusted.