Monday, 30 April 2018

Thursday - pass the baton

Another less than perfect day in Winchcombe. Well we like sunshine during the day and rain overnight after all. The weather seems to have forgotten the sunny bit AGAIN.

Still we were all inside today anyway. The Upholstery team cleared all the old covering from these seats ends on Wednesday and delivered them to the paintshop. I guess that's a sort of hint then.


Martin was soon sanding them off ready to be painted this time round. Originally they had a Formica style covering, which has badly faded, with wood trim. Then they were fabric covered,; the material has both faded and worn. Now we are going to paint them.


Some of the last bits of planking for the China Clay wagons got a coat of paint.


As did the new storage box for one of the brake carriages.

At the other end of the pasintshop Alex was doing one of his favorite jobs.

Rather beyond painting is much of the window trim in the DMU. This lots turned to a soggy wood pulp. That probably we need to investigate the roof and the outer skin further in this area!


while some of the trim on the doors needs re-attaching.

Then there is the welding of the frame work to sort out This is starting to come back together but it is clear some of the outer skin will need replacing as well.

Some of the wood trim has been found to be ok. Alan was so shocked he had to sit down. Well maybe not but the seats are still very comfortable.

Were possible the sanding and prep work for painting is still continuing.

Inside as well as out. The ceiling, again in places, is starting to be painted.

In the barn the bogie overhaul is continuing. Just position the hoist its only a very small move about 3 inches to get over the end of the frame other wise it all tries to run away sideways when we lift despite being well chocked.

With the frame a bit higher it was possible to remove the springs and spacer plates for some TLC and adjustment to ride height.

The interior trim of 4986 is progressing well although the glass still has to be removed for new sealing rubber to be installed. That won't affect the internal frame luckily.

Pat (above) and Tony (below) both progressing the job.

And naturally there was the regular inspection of the running rakes as they passed. What you say there was steam engine on the front, was there? Oh was there.



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