Friday, 28 September 2018

Wednesday - Back to the normal stuff!

Being Wednesday we had a full compliment of the 'Trades' in today.

The upholstery team were in full flow with the staple guns blazing. Rambo has nothing on this lot when they open fire!

The woodwork shop was a hive of activity with a lot od smaller sections of wood inserts being produced to trim the doors on 4986.

We have had to replace a large veneer panel in the centre vestibule of 4986. Here Des is resealing the g;lass and trim in the panel.

One small problem is that the new panel is thicker than the original.  So a small modification has to be made for the doorway protection strip. This would normally clip over both side of the panel by now has to be padded out and can only but up to the edge.

Des back in the south end vestibule with another coat of varnish.

while Colin installed some beading trim in the toilet area.

Not quite the normal stuff for Ken today. Here working on reducing 3 gate posts to 2 taller ones.

Some more of the finishing off bits. shuttering being put round the base of the pillars before concreting in. Thanks to the newly named Construction and Maintenance department who are doing this bit of the job for us.

Tuesday - Celebration

Quite a day for C&W with the completion (almost) of another project and a considerable enhancement to our Works.

However before the main story of the day, there was another highlight with the canvas going on the completed china clay wagon. Initially it was all the fun and games of getting the canvas up onto the frame. These canvases are not only heavy, at times they have a life of their own especially when you try to unfold them!

No doubt wishing Barbara Windsor was around in this "Carry on Camping" scene, the main part of the canvas is at last in place.

Maurice carefully drills holes in the plywood end sections. (a bit of a cheat on our part to keep the canvass from sagging).

With the end pieces in place, the canvas is complete and the wagon really does look good. Well done Richard, Paul, Maurice, Stu, Alex, and everyone else who had a hand in the rebuild.

Dennis earlier fitted the new main step for the Fruit C van. Two more are required to complete the van, but in a cosmetic sense only so there is no rush to get these done.

Derek was busy working on the hard wood swivel disks for the handle of the GWR platform trolley.

Back to the DMU, with initially Cheryl, and later Dennis, cleaning up more of the aluminium strips ready for reinstating.


Ainsley was back inside fitting more of these. He later started top coating the south compartment ceiling (another apology for some wrong info in a previous report when I thought this had been completed).

Some more preparation work was done on the Cotswold side of BCK 21092 by Alan (and later by Maurice and myself). Meanwhile Dave Hancox and I exchanged two of the bench seats from 21092 with two from SK 24006, which are in better condition - it is unlikely that we will have time to reupholster all the seating in this coach.

John Hawkins, another member of C&W enjoying the sunshine in his other role as signalman.

The main highlight of the day was the structural completion of our Barn extension. All that remains is the fitting of the extra internal lighting and electrical extensions for the roller shutters. The sheer benefit of this extra length to the Barn and the protection from dust, rain and cold will be greatly appreciated by us all. Many thanks are due to Peter Bennett for both organising and seeing through this very well worthwhile project.

Report by Dave Clark

Before you ask!

If you happen to arrive at Winchcombe by train you get this view of the new end to the barn at C&W.

The end of building does look a bit Heath Robinson.

Here is why from this angle you can't see the cut back on the left hand corner. (look at the picture above from the other angle and you can see it).

The cutback is so that the roadway does not get any more restricted than it already is. As can be seen the picture above the roof line does actually follow the original line for the barn roof which in turns matches the original goods shed roof.

So the sign is still under the centre apex of the roof.

Yes the roller shutters doors are different sizes and offset from the centre. The track, which was laid long before the barn was constructed, is actually on a curve and not central to the end of the barn. The doors are the maximum width possible to give us better access. We could have spent A LOT MORE MONEY and tried to square it up. P'Way would have to have spent quite a bit of time changing the track layout for us first as well.


Saturday - all sewn up

There are many jobs in C&W that are easiest done in an unusual position.!

Today was Penny's turn.

This has to be the most luxuriously upholstered one person bobsleigh ever and sitting at the gate ready to launch as well
is the biggest saddle ever on a bucking bronco waiting for the release?

well No.

With some many carriage seats being processed at preent the first class seat from 21092 had to stay on the trolley in the landing and to repair the stitching on the side of the arm rest required a little careful positioning to get at it easily.

Dave, Penny's husband, did what most of us would do kept his down and stayed well out of the way.

Jenny and Penny preparing to stretch some new foam over this seat base..

The inner end of the barn has always been dark, its just since the roller shutters went up, so a flod light helps drilling out the old studs on this corridor connection.

We recently received delivery of this wagon brake shaft from the Great Central. Having not been used for a large number of years our first jib was to clean it up and de-rsut and get everything moving again that should move. While it took some effort it proved to be fully serviceable by lunch time. We will need to do some adjustments and repairs but it will definatly be in use before to long.

While the work was continuing on 21092, lots of sanding and filling going on,

we did find that the base of the pillar between passenger and guards doors on the Cotswold side were not satisfactorily secure. Call in James and the welding gun.

The base of the pillar steel work 3 sections of top hat, were cut out and new steel was welded back in place. After a check round we decided that a similar repair should be done to the BSK in the barm. That's a job for next week

 While the exterior of the DMU is looking complete the interior still has a way to go. Ainsley working of the panelling round a door.

Monday, 24 September 2018

A major distraction

This week has seen a major distraction at least for me which has caused the blog posts to get even more delayed than usual.

Monday - A start

Yes Monday! However, it was only for me and the contractors who started work on the construction of the extension framework. First there was the removal of the original end. this will be reused on the extension.

thn is was the construction of thr new end framework

Tuesday - Excellent progress

Quite a large group and some excellent progress on the current long running projects.

The extra faces appearing today were some of the Door and Woodwork team having refresher training and hence recertification in the use of the various bits of equipment in the Woodwork Shop.

There was excellent progress on TSO 4986 today. Ainsley completed the greying up on the Malvern side north end.

Bob Slater finished off the filling and sanding on the south end and then he too started greying that up. Ainsley then took that over and by the end of the day just one window remained to be painted. Almost done at last!


Bob Mac was back in and did more second top coating of the roof, leaving just the Cotswold side to complete that job.

John Hamer had moved over to the Malvern side of the coach with the slider reinstating and that too was proceeding well. The final set was top coated in the Paintshop ready for putting back the next day.

Another goal achieved by Stu and Maurice was the completion as far as could be done of the ceiling top coating in DMU 51405. Just three new ceiling panels need to be made and put up. We can then get the job finished and the aluminium beading and luggage racks can be put back.

Richard Hoy began working on the final doorframe, adding filler as necessary to fill the gaps.

John Hughes and Phil Brown (nice to see him back) were doing more sanding and filling on BCK 21092.


On the Malvern side, Dave Hancox (who owns the coach), and later on Richard, sanded any bad sections. The greying up on this side was a cosmetic tidy-up when the coach was outside, so we need to check that any bad areas are uncovered and properly treated.

The Barn extension is gradually taking shape with the new framework now in place. The cladding arrived during the day.

Finally, it's nice to see the lamp brackets made by Pam Brown, and fitted to the coners of the Tim Mitchell Building, now complete with the lamps fitted.

I wasn't in on Wednesday this week as the strong winds in the area precluded any attempts to install the roof but I was back Thursday (it was only raining).

A quieter day for a Thursday with a number of our regulars on holiday or doing different things.

The DMU is moving on to the next stage. With the ceiling now top coated as far as currently possible we can think about reinstating all the related fittings. Roger begins the lengthy clean up of what is a very large pile of aluminium strips and beading. After a reasonable number had been done these started to go back up. Rawlplugs were once again needed when screwing the thin beading to the old hardboard ceiling panels.

I was mistaken when I reported that all the internal window framing that could currently be done had been top coated on Tuesday. It turned out to be undercoating, so Cheryl did the honours and got most of this top coated.


Pat and Tony fitted more of the wood backing on another of the un-rebuilt windows. A number of windows remain incomplete and cannot be progressed further until the internal panelling is replaced.


Moving up to the BCK for more general sanding and filling where required on both sides.


Now who's legs are those?

It's actually Rex, who with Bryan, is replacing the wood floor support bars for the corridor floor boards. the wood is bolted to the steel top hat framework.

On Tuesday Dave Hancox found that the base of the centre section between the passenger and guards doors on the Cotswold side of the coach was not firmly attached. Cutting away the metal panelling soon revealed why this was so. Not only have the z sections corroded, the connection to the top hat cross section under the floor was also gone.

Moving into the Workshop for more good progress on TSO 4986. On the Cotswold side Malcolm completed the roof top coating before I could photograph him. However I did capture Jeff who completed the greying up on the Malvern side by doing the final window and nearby door.

John Hamer was back on the slider reinstating.

Later on cleaning one of the slider tracks. The job is almost complete and once done we can begin getting more things put back inside the passenger compartments.

Ken checking the fitting of a step prior to working on the one in the vice. The latter is now in the Paintsop for repainting prior to going back on one of the ends of the coach.


Me cleaning up the raw edges of the panelling round the Cotswold side centre door ready for fitting the capping strips.

More re-covered seating being taken down the yard to TSO 4763.

On the construction front The safety rails and netting went up along with most of the roof cladding.

Friday and back to just me and the contractors.

the wall cladding went on today

followed by the roller shutters themselves.

There is still some cladding capping work to do along with the electrics and the guttering. That's for next week!