Monday, 30 April 2018

Saturday - Another day another battle

It being the Cotswolds at War week-end our numbers were again severely reduced with many taking duties elsewhere on the railway. so it was more of a skirmish today.

Richard was again doing battle with more planking for the China Clay Wagon. This must be about the last few planks! He and Paul are onto the two side doors and sometime was spent today measuring up for a new canvass cover to go on it.

Derrick fitted the securing bolts for the LMS brake van doors. We can't actually run it as  passenger carrying vehicle as we had hoped. The ORR apparently insists that it must be vacuumed braked for that despite being a brake vehicle itself. Has any other heritage railway fitted a brake cylinder to one of these before we start inventing the wheel again?

Having proved all the guides now slide smoothly up and down it was back to one of the axle boxes today  to check out the roller bearing and the greasing of it. On this one the grease nipple seems to be in an unusual place. So it is better check it out. You can'y just lift a cover off these things its another small hoist job.

With the cover out of the way and bearing fully exposed all seems to be well. Everything works and its all well greased.

with the cover back on the wheel set re-installed its just down to refitting the keeps before this bogie is ready for service.

Steve was back working on the intricacies of the panelling supports at the end of 4986. A lot of hidden work here.
Also hidden is much of the welders efforts. Ken Austin and I agreed to replace the badly rusted door lock pillar at the north end of the carriage on Thursday. This is the new pillar in place Ken having done a grand job.
 and even started on the new section of exterior skin as well. Today James progressed the job and completed another section on the end while John Osborn did some more skin replacement on the Malvern side.

Penny had the big upholstery bench to herself today so was able to spread the cloth out, mark it uo and cut it out in peace

That is except for the hammering sawing etc Hubby Dave was making on another bench while preparing a base frame.

Janes with his new welding mask that Joh had just brought in! i think he was pleased.

John Squires kept well out of it working on the battery box repairs.

Such was the drain on C&W numbers that Dave was left all alone in the paintshop. Still it did mean he got to do some painting.


St Blazey 1925 said...

The Bluebell do a lot of brake van rides. How about you contact them and ask how they get around the issue of vac. brakes on the brake van? Hope you are on good speaking terms with them!
Looks like despite the lack of numbers of workers, you got a lot done. Once again, lets hear it for the unsung heroes of C&W!
Regards, Paul.

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

That could turn into rather a trawl as most heritage lines, us included, do brake van rides but we use vans that are already vacuum braked.

Anonymous said...

The vacuum brake issue on the brake van shouldn't have come as a surprise. The rule book will say that vehicles carrying passengers should have an automatic brake. Basic safety principles. I'm always impressed by the level work your team manage to turn out. Keep it up. Brian.

Unknown said...

Why don't you look at your Shark to see how to fit a Vac cylinder as I think the Queen Mary was based on old SR carriages.

Simon said...

Also the IOWSR do run brake van rides using the class 05 diesel shunter during the diesel gala through their passenger stock are air braked only. Maybe ask them too?

Unknown said...

They use Air brakes on the IOWSR not Vaccum.

Simon said...

Alex, I know that but the 05 shunter isn't air braked as its vac braked only. They use a brake van which is used in works trains on the railway to run rides up and down the yard.

Unknown said...

Only the Shark on the line is Fitted which, GWSR have one.