Thursday, 31 May 2018

Wednesday - Wood and Weld

Forget WWW - World Wide Web
what really matters is - Wednesday Wood & Weld

So we start with a cross over its Wednesday the welding has been completed on this door skin and Trevor was busy fitting the skin to the wood frame. Only about 40 screws to drill holes for and put in. The door is for BSK 34939

Mike has reached the next phase with his door put the window guides into position

Preparing for the next phase again Ed and Geoff discuss the making of the wood trim panels for the door.

Dave on the other hand was working on a new battery box for 4986

Late in the day it was delivered to the paintshop for painting

Tony came to do a little light painting first applying sealant to the end woods for the corridor connection of 4986

followed by the roof trim strips for the Fruit C wagon

Along the Malvern side of the DMU car several of the door thresholds were in a bad state so Colin is working his way along replacing them Most are new woods bolted on the original holes. Howeverthe odd one has other underfloor paraphernalia that gets in the way so Phil helped out on this one drilling some new holes.

Des is working his way round the drivers cab

while Bryan is investigating the state of the indie of the steel skin. There are 2 areas of concern at present!

Ken Austin has completed the roof line join of the original issue area.


On 4986 Nick has completed the repair to the roof and a small section of repair to the side.

That done the north end is now ready for rebuilding of the corridor connection.

Ken Reeves was replacing the window rubber along the Cotswold side and apart from the original trial window all the trimming is done

Ainsley and David continued with the sanding and filling which getting close to completion.

After some diversionary work of seats for another carriage the upholstery team are back to the red chain link moquette set covers for 4986. Dave

and Penny on covers

while John does a little freehand carving on some foam for the headrests.

During the afternoon I was pleased to welcome and show round Dewi Jones head of C&W at the Gwili and a group of the C&W team.

Tuesday - Back to business

After a spectacular Steam Gala, with nearly 6000 visitors and hence many touring our C&W Works, it was more or less back to normal.

Well not quite normal, with both P&O and Oliver Cromwell running. We have the latter for another week before it has to be returned, so occasional mad dashes outside were the order of the day whenever that chime whistle sounded.

Unless of course you were already working outside. The "graffiti" on the Cotswold side of the 03 shunter, reading from right-to-left, says it all. However at long last we were able to make a start on its desperately needed repaint. Being outside (there is no room in the Works) and often in use, it will be very much a start-stop job, but we will move on as fast as we can.

Two doors were sanded down and undercoated, but the good clean down by Adrian was already a distinct, albeit short-lived, improvement.

With the Fruit C van now inside the Works we could make a start on sorting out all the leaks. The roof was the primary concern, so Richard, Stu and Derek firstly removed the old canvas. With that off, what a sight greeted us - you could put sliced bread through the gaps in some of the existing planks. No wonder we were having problems.

The cowls were removed and they are staying off. We aren't going to make the roof waterproof, only to punch holes back in it!

The end of the day with all the old roofing planks removed. Some good quality T & G will be on order to replace this.

Back to the Barn and some more excellent progress on the GUV, with Cheryl starting the top coating on the Cotswold side.

She was later joined by Keith who almost got to the south end. Another hour should see the job completed.

Meanwhile on the Malvern side at the south end, Alex was continuing his magic.

The end result and what a job he has made of it.

With the correct rivets now available Dennis and Bob could make a start on reinstating the missing gutter strips. Bob drills out the necessary holes

With holes drilled ready, Dennis applies sealant to the gap between the body side and roof.

With the strip in place, Bob uses the air riveter to secure it (sorry about the blur).


The Malvern side was completed and a start made on the Cotswold side.


Report by Dave Clark



Saturday, 26 May 2018

Saturday - Gala

Being a Gala day the C&W works were open for visitors today. So the first job of the day was to put out the direction signs

During galas there is still some work going on. The visitors restricted to the entrance to view the woodwork shop, the paintshop to view that and and the workshop and viewing area to see both the barn the yard and the passing trains.

My first trip to the view area missed the first train down this morning but you never miss the S160 passing it seems to blow off the safety valve at the slightest whim. It also makes even more noise, if that's possible the its partner loco for this trip P&O.

In the tranquillity of the upholstery shop penny Dave and John hill were busy with a few more seat section. These the side head rests for TSO 4986

A couple of th clearly visible job being done today were Ken working on the end woods for TSO 4986

and Tony doing the next stage of restoration on the recently donated window frames for BSK 34929 in the barn. The window slider mount bar and the inside of this frame are now ready to use.

Further long the workshop Dennis and Ian were replacing broken rivets round the Cotswold side windows on 4986.
and later with Ken replaced the rubber seal round 2 of the windows. With the technique perfected or close to it they got the job down to a very nifty 20 minutes for a window.

On the interior Steve was making some great progress with the panelling of the first toilet compartment.


I started on cleaning more window surrounds on the Malvern side looking for any broken rivets that will need replacing. and removing loose paint and the light rust coating from the roof. Sadly I found this small hole that will also need repair.

John Squires was busy painting, in the workshop!, the battery box frame he helped to make last week.
By the end of the day it had progressed to black.

The 'rescue' train the pannier pulling the supposedly broken DMU.

while the King went by in the other direction.

while were out there a visit to see progress on the 'other' brake van in the yard was rewarded with some really good progress. Richard and Paul having hung another 2 of the 4 brake riggers
were moving on to the last one.

Further down the yard P'Way were removing what remained of the old back siding. So that didn't take long!
They very kindly supplied 'new' sleepers, ex Chicken curve, ready planted with flowers to add to the C&W gardens.
while inspecting the progress another double header passed Dinmore and Foremarke together this time. So much nicer than topped an tailed trains.

Work in the barn was interesting with James doing some more work on the BSK. To interpret the picture and what we are doing the 'ladder section on the left is ex doorway being filled in a n panelled over. The yellow template shows where the first of the new windows is going in and the void to the righ is wahts left of the old window which has been removed and will also be panelled over.

On the jack road Dave Hancox was painting the south end of the GUV E 86828

 just to show we didn't totally ignore the DMU car 51405 today; Martin continued with the clean up sealing and repaint of the guttering on the Malvern side away from where the visitors were to avoid any unfortunate paint splashes.
Kevin sorting a stack of nuts and bolts resorted to sitting on the floor while matching them up
and finally Alex got these excellent picture of Oliver Cromwell passing C&W