Friday, 30 March 2018

Thursday - Time to refocus

Another large attendance with 26 signed in, so as can be imagined, there was a lot done.

Starting with our two goods vehicle projects, Derek attached another of the new doors to the LMS guards van.

Bob continues the top coating into Freight Brown (Bauxite).

Another fine array of top coated parts for the china clay wagon.

The number of items in the Paintshop is now quite considerable, much of it for other departments. After giving the Broadway bench its fourth coating of Sadolin (hopefully that's it!), Alex moves on to undercoat the new insert for the grey van door that is currently under repair.

We had quite a tidy up in the Workshop with the seats from BSK 34929 now transferred to a better storage, and plenty of subsequent rearranging. Paul sorts out the table holding the filler, spreaders, etc.

There's quite a push now to get on with TSO 4986 as it has definitely overtaken BSK 34929. Working along the Cotswold side Rob is using the air riveter to tighten the outer and inner plates. He later went round with the filler.

Working in the central doorway Bryan uses the heavy angle grinder to remove a strip of corroded metal from the right hand side.

 More metal removal by Gerry at the north end.


On the Malvern side Rex carefully lifts one of the capping strips off the north end door frame.

Ken prepares the south end ready for refitting the corridor connection woods

The base of the Cotswold side, north end door frame prior to Nick and Rex dealing with it. At close of play the new section was welded in and coated in oxide.

Nick cutting another section of sheet metal, this time for a roof repair at the south end.


Assisted by Rob and with the glass removed and safely stored, John removes the rubber seal. All the window seals will be replaced. Extravagant? Not when the old seals are perished.

Moving inside the coach, at the south end Steve Barnfield continues the rebuild of the vestibule floor. The main floor support timbers going in.

In the north end compartment Steve Smith fits another of the new LED strips.

Also there, Pat was silvering the radiator covers.


While Tony was priming the internal framing for this particular window.

After digging out rotten bits of door frame on DMU 51405, we started an overall hand sanding keeping Rob Wells and Cheryl very busy.

Malcolm continued the clean-up and priming on the Malvern side of the roof.

We knew that the Cotswold south area was bad judging by the bodyside holes and amount of rotten door framing. Removal of some of the interior panelling amply confirmed this. There will be a lot to do on this DMU car before it rejoins the main set.

Ken prepares the south end ready for refitting the corridor connection woods.

A tribute to Maurice Norman

Just over two weeks ago Peter received a phone call from Christine Norman to say that Maurice had passed away. He had been unwell for some time having suffered a stroke in 2016 which prevented any further attendances at C&W. Maurice had been with us since 1998 and regularly attended on Wednesdays. He was also a favourite with the group who run our WW2 Evacuation Experience Days for school parties, having himself been an evacuee.

Maurice had actually been on the Railway since the early days and at one time had been a Guard.

 A thanksgiving service was held on Wednesday 28th March at St Barbara's Church, Ashton-under-Hill. It was attended by Craig and myself from C&W, and David Brown and John Mayall from the Evacuation Experince group.

He is much missed.

Dave Clark

Wednesday - Component Parts

When you look at a carriage complete and shiny as its rolled out into service its very easy to forget what goes into it. Today was an interesting reminder and it didn't cover everything by any means! 
Seats - well each seat cover starts as part of a big roll some of which are just visible behind jenny as she sews the cut sections into a cover for the seat base The current set the team have moved onto replacement seats for SO 4798, are slightly wider than the TSO seats and far harder to manoeuvre though the sewing machine.

very comfortable when done as along as John and Jenny don't loose that very long needle they are passing back and forth through the seat as they sew the cover on.

Then there are doors! After 6o plus years the frames are usually in poor condition or roiten. So the woodwork team spend a lot of time making new frames. Here Colin ensures the profile, a 28 footish radius curve to follow the profile of the carriage, is correct. Flat sides would be so much easier!

Then the door team , here Paul, have to fit refit the steel skins. The skins have also been subjust to much repair work by the metalwork team.

The unseen drain channel in the bottom of the doors gets fitted (its the thing that looks like some very short stumps centre of picture). The pipes go through the wood frame and the steel skin has to be cut round then where they come out of the bottom. Derrick has the job of creating the cut out in the new steel skin to get a good fit.

then there is the door bumper bar. All you ever see on the outside is the rubber bumper. Inside the door is a strong reinforcing bar to stop the door skin buckling when the door gets flung open. The bumpers also stop the door handles hitting and potentially smashing the carriage window. Derrick checks the bolt mounts, cleans and rust proofs the bar before fitting. In the foreground there is the door lock mounted on the test rig to check the lock bolt throw and latch are in spec.

Mike, on another door, has progressed to fitting the window glass guides.

 A door that hasn't gone so well. We rebuilt this wagon 2 years ago but 2 of the doors plywood panels have delaminated after water got in. A new panel is being cut and painted before re fitting in the door frame. The weather side, south side,  of all our rolling stock get subjected to soaking in the driving rain intermixed with being baked in the sun with all the expansion and contraction that causes.

Another and non original door. If the guards van is to be used for rides, rather better safety doors are required. The original and only nod to safety for the guard was the single white bar that can be seen just above the as yet unpainted door. Colin fitted the first 2 of 4 today.

Then there is lighting. Phil is busy refurbishing some currently spare old style round ceiling fittings. BR during refurbishment replaced these with strip lights. As we have these spares salvaged from other carriages being scrapped, we are retro fitting them.

There was the more usual activities continuing around the work as well. Geoff completed the pop up noticeboards. They have now been passed to the painters for finishing.

Ken was starting to fit the new woods to the south end of 4986 While, sorry i missed the picture opportunity, Trevor and David completed the removal of the loose paint from both sides of the roof of the DMU and 4986! They did sadly identify some holes in the roof while they were doing it.

At the end of the day Neil was collecting the third rake ready for the week-end All three rakes are now back at Toddington ready to roll on our extended 15 mile railway.

Yes I know it's confusing, the train is facing Cheltenham as it first has to be pulled out of the siding then Neil has to run round the carriages in Winchcombe station before heading back to Toddington.

Direction at this point in the line is confusing as the track lays due East West so heading south to Cheltenham or North to Toddington and Broadway isn't obvious.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Tuesday - All Sorts

A very mixed bag of activities, not only in the Works, but with more preparations for the new season, which included getting more of the Discovery Coach ready and installing a new storage cupboard onboard the DMU for our catering services.

Making a change from digging out rotten door frames on the DMU, Alex started the priming on the tailplane of the "crashed aircraft". What will the "Cotswolds at War" group think of next?! It is now our most popular weekend!

Not forgetting Broadway, Cheryl added a third coat of Sadolin to the new bench.

Now who are these "cool dudes with the shades"? Both Cheryl and Alex trying out the new line in safety glasses.


Back to the wrecking crew with more scraping of old paint and digging out of rotten door frames.

Having "destroyed" the side of the previous door frame on Saturday, Alex moved on to the next door. Although the sides weren't too bad, when it came to the cross-spar ........


sadly it was Saturday all over again!


Inside Stu began removing the luggage racks. We need to remove these to give us more working space when tackling the ceiling, which Bob began by removing all the old vinyl sheeting, much of which was already part peeled away.


In the relative quiet of the Workshop Richard completed the painting of the planking for the north end flap door of the china clay wagon. These planks (on the trestles) are the only ones rescued from the original boarding.


This really is an excellent restoration and something of which Richard, Paul and the Woodwork team can be very proud.


Report by Dave Clark

Monday, 26 March 2018

8 days a week!

Well it certainly has seemed like that this last week. There has been people in the works for the  last 6 days!

Thursday/Friday             Reorganising

The title covers several aspects of C&W over the last few days. The first which started on Thursday was the reorganisation of the Paintshop, and as such not many photos were taken. The second involved the three rakes.

A very busy time with the 3rd Rake on Thursday with initially the buckeye coupling exams, hence the rake split up to allow access and checking. The rake was later reorganised to reinsert RMB 1808 in its usual place as well as providing a rough match with the planned make-up of the two main rakes.

Thank you to Stu Hamilton (in our Maintenance Gang) for this photo of what looks like a heated argument. Thankfully it was a discussion on reorganising the 3rd Rake.

Working at the south end of green TSO 4986 was Ken with more of the rebuild. Not photographed at the north end, Rex and Gerry took down the vestibule ceiling to allow welding to be able to done safely.

Paul cleans up and coats in oxide more parts from the china clay wagon.


In the Paintshop Dave Hancox, and Sue and Martin Yemm cleaned the windows on the Malvern side of SO 4798. While all this was going on, David Ayres and I spent most of the day reorganising the Paintshop layout. It gave us an opportunity to have a good clear out.

Moving on to Friday with Alex and Dave on "overtime" (Alex had returned from Sheffield the day before for the Easter holidays). While Dave spent the day completing the reorganisation and tidying up, Alex spent his day mainly on 4798. Some bits of detailed touching up

and replacing "refurbishment" with "repainted" and the adjusting the date.

The next job was to re-stain and re-varnish the door backs, and what a difference this makes.

With the re-organisation and clear up completed, the final job of the day was adding a second coat of Sadolin to the second Broadway bench.

On to Saturday and it was more re-organisation with the 4798 shunted out to the jack road for bogie and brake checks.

in came the North end car from the DMU  51405.which was soon the subject of assessments for restoration. The first checks are the window corners, doors and door pillars. With all these doors it may take a while.

Or maybe not tAlex checking the door pillar for the second door

what door pillar? oh this one!

Steve was staying well clear working on 4986. Another new vestibule floor. The catch with the welding repairs is that we always then have to build new floors afterwards. Or I should say Steve does.

Another job for B&S, as Andy drills out the holes on some mount plates being used for the fencing near the Tim Mitchell building. Some old plates but larger bolts so larger bolts are being used so larger holes are needed.

The upholsterers continued remaking thee seats of seats for 4986

until a diversion was introduced with the need to recover some seats for 4798 that we have just repainted.So there was an excursion out to the storage vans to find some we can use to do up ready for a rolling replacement of the one in the carriage.
The old seats are somewhat worn out.

2 more of the seats for the offices at Toddington await transfer.

Richard and Paul continued their work on the China Clay wagon all be it interrupted by the shunt. A trial fit of some of the planking for the north end.

the another clean up and coat of paint for one of the flap doors locking bars.

Richard J and Kevin refurbished a vacuum cylinder. replacing one of the rolling rings that create the vacuum seal

Earlier while the shunt was in progress Kevin did some more reorganising of some of our spares. and came across these heating bar grills. We thought we had used all the spares we had. Happy days some more spares that can be restored for use in the BSK when we get that far with it.