Monday, 16 April 2018

Thursday - First things first

What happened to Wednesday I hear you ask.  I wish I knew!

A combination of granddaughters staying with us for the week while their parents swanned of to Milan for their 20th wedding anniversary and church business kept me a away from C&W all week.

so we move rapidly onto Dave's report for Thursday.

It was busy day with much of the action on the DMU.

However, the most important job initially was getting the main line through the Works clear of rolling stock to enable the annual checking of our high safety wires. Thankfully everything - the three wires, and associated lanyards and harnesses - passed and we are now clear for another year.

As always when the three buildings are emptied, it's all hands to the brooms, shovels and bins for the big sweep up, with Paul and Phil on the vacuum cleaners.


And what a motley mix of rolling stock, in their various levels of restoration and rebuild, waiting to be pushed back in when the contractors have finished their checking.


Once back in place, we were soon off again with Rob grinding down the spot welds on the new edging for the centre door of TSO 4986.

On the Malvern side of DMU 51405 Dave Hancox continues the filling and general sand down of the bodyside. With the safety wire now cleared to use we can make a start on the roof.

A very different picture on the other side as, with the gutter removed, Gerry cuts away more corrosion.

Gerry and Nick offer up part of the new metalwork that will be used for the repair, to assess the level of cutting out still required.

Nick was also busy on the third door frame, repairing the corroded section of top hat bar.

Phil was back on lights, repairing some centre pieces.


Alex was in his element again, adding further top coat to the LMS van. It's his last day in for a couple of weeks so he was making the most of it. It was nearly 6 pm by the time we packed up for the day.


Many of the trestle items were also given further coats of either paint or varnish. In the foreground are the tops for the seats in 4986. The two corridor connection back plates are for BSK 34929. The footboards are spares for the Maintenance Gang. Numerous bits of corridor connection metalwork hang off the hooks in the background.

1 comment:

St Blazey 1925 said...

Yes. When half restored vehicles get pulled out of the works, it's like airing dirty underwear on the line (railway line in this case).
However, Saville Row suits start out from little pieces of cloth that don't look anything; but when put together they make a thing of wonder! and safety checks, must these days, be carried out.
So well done with the works carried out.
Regards, Paul.