Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Tuesday - Topping out

With 16 attending it was quite a busy day, with as expected for a Tuesday nearly all the concentration in the Paintshop.

Beginning with the guards van, it was topping out day with the canvas at last going on. Firstly the roof is vacuumed clean and then the canvas is laid out along the length of the van. The next stage is rolling it back. Felt adhesive is added for a few feet and the canvas rolled back the same length and firmly pressed down. This is repeated until the roof is covered. Holes are then made in the overhang and ropes tied on and pulled down tight. The next stage will be done on Thursday.

The roofing team then tackled the lower half of the van, with three of the top-coated doors rehung, handrails and vacuum pipes re-top coated and a start made on re-blacking the footboards and main frame. The vacuum pipe is painted white because it is through-piped i.e. the van has a brake setter but no vacuum cylinder.

The fourth door from the guards van is given a final top coat by Stu. This will be hung on Thursday. On the right are four more heavy planks for the wagon that were undercoated by Cheryl earlier in the day.


Maurice then moved on to the china clay wagon to paint in matt black the two areas for the wagon number. These had been taped off by Richard Stone on Saturday.

Moving across to DMU 51405 to find Keith working on the front, sanding down more filler.

Davey removes more of the warning labels of the inside of the doors - and yes, literally labels on the same door, because it's not uncommon to remove the top one only the find another painted over, and beneath that even another! Obviously this leaves a large area to be refilled but the effort is worth while as it takes away the scruffy appearance of the doors and fresh labels will be attached once the backs have been repainted.

Richard J and Tony tighten the loose framing on this door back. All the door backs will be similarly checked and re-secured if necessary.

Inside, while John undercoats the lower roof panels, Dennis rechecks the ceiling panel fixing.

In the Workshop Bob Mac cleans off the middle section of TSO 4986's roof before adding etch primer.
In the quiet of the Upholstery shop Vivien removes the old moquette from the seat side panels for 4986.

Ainsley is working on another H&S document for C&W.

We had a very pleasant visit by our lady metalworker Pam Brown and two friends. They enjoyed a tour of the Works followed by a ride on the train. Unfortunately I forgot to photograph them in the Works, but later joined them for the journey to Broadway and back.


The tail plane for the "crashed aircraft" has finally left the Paintshop. Where has it gone? We discovered it this morning, all ready for the Wartime event this weekend!


St Blazey 1925 said...

The LMS brake looks better ad better.
The DMU DMS looks like a long job, but is coming along well.
Likewise 4986.
Regards, Paul.

Nozumi said...

I see in the locomotive blog they are using the DMU for a fourth rake during the steam gala. Does that mean eventually you will have a fourth rake of coaches ?

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

Eventual is the correct word. We currently has 23 operational carriages and about 8 waiting restoration. Simple restorers 8 and you have a 4th rake. However, this is were reality kic \ks in a full restore takes us 15-18 months and an RBr perhps 2 year’s. They have fin between he rolling program o overhauls, reprints and low level restorationsof current 23!
Add to that the now 60+ year old carriages available for restoring are ALL prone to the same ravages of the rust mite you will understand eventually could be a long way off.

Shortening the existing rakes isn’t really a solution. the trains are frequently running full or fuller than we think is ideal fo a good passenger experience. Plus currently we only have 3 operational brake carriages and 3 catering vehicles. We will need 4 of each.