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.

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