Friday, 11 May 2018

Wednesday - Deliveries

There was a busy day scheduled. A wood delivery and a steel delivery were expected and then there were special visitors to escorted around. Oh and some work on the carriages.

As I arrived the wood lorry was already in position and ready to start unloading.

Only half of this stack was for us but on top were about a dozen large hard wood planks. Each of these planks takes at least 2 people to just lift without any thought of moving them.
So it was a case of clear the decks stand well back and let gravity unload them. Not really the way to treat hard wood planks but without a forklift it was the only 'safe' way to unload them. Then of course we had to pick them up and get them stored away. With the need to move other stuff around to make the right space available the job took us very close to morning coffee. However, not quite so we did have to get on with some carriage work as well.
Bryan continued the prep work on th DMU getting it ready for some new steel to be welded in and cleaning out all the rivet holes ready to put the capping strip back on (eventually)


At the other end of the carriage 2 other areas of excessively wet interior has been found. Clearing away the panelling not only revealed rusted structural bars but daylight shining through the exterior skin.

Ainsley working on the removal of the other dodgy panel


The end result more repair work needed.

In the workshop Eddie was getting to grips with a short section of one of those hard wood planks. And YES IT IS HEAVY!

At the door team end of the shop Mike and Derrick were working on window runners

while Colin or was it Geoff was busy making a new battery box.

At this point the Steel delivery arrived several sheets of steel and another heavy unloading and storage job and my visitors arrived. They were from a railway modelling company come to measure up some wagon for their next projects. The Syphon G was easy. Its just outside the workshop and is  easy to access.

The other vehicle, a wagon, is at Cheltenham somewhere towards Hunting butts Tunnel. So having photo'd and measured the Syphon we set off.
Now I should point out 2 things
1. I have no idea which wagon it was they wanted
2. I have never been down to Hutting Butts Tunnel and the sidings there.

So having informed the duty staff at the station what we were doing and were we were going we set off.

Needless to say after a few shouts of glee 'we have found it' followed soon by a 'no that's a 20 ton version' Apparently the 16 ton version we were looking for  is supposed to be very different.

Just as needless is the requirement to guess where the wagon actually is, no not at Winchcombe, it was in the middle of the tunnel at Hunting Butts were there is very little/no light!

Fortunately the visitors managed to get the flash in the camera working and with a bit of a struggle the use of the torch mode on mobile phones much 'OOH look this is different' and 'How have they built that bit?' the required data was gathered.

We returned to Winchcombe just in time to see the double header arrive from Toddington.

Having said farewells, I returned to the work to see what had been going on in my absence.

So err guys what's happened?


They had all gone home! Save for a note from John saying there had been ANOTHER delivery. This time the last 2 replacement buckeye couplers ordered about 6 weeks ago. I had almost forgotten about them.

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