With 14 in, a very good number for a Tuesday even with two regulars away at the moment, we made some very heartening progress.
Towards the end of the day the DMU began to look more like its old self. However there is still some way to go yet with the refurbishment and, until the missing ceiling and side panelling can be reinstated, the fitting of all the remaining beading and luggage racks, and the completion of the internal window frame rebuilding, will have to be put on hold.
Inside TSO 4986 Bob was putting back more of the re-varnished beading strips on the Malvern side.
One of Stu's many jobs was putting a fresh coat of oxide on the cleaned up parts of the communication cord mechanism from 4986.
Ainsley, Keith and Richard once again working on the doors, frames and edges, which have been quite a trial with 21092, with many having to be majorly sanded down and a lot of filler applied. The Cotswold side double doors and Malvern side Guards door in particular are still undergoing considerable work with parts of the capping strips removed and underlying wooden liners reduced. Hopefully this should enable the removed strips to be reseated so as to allow the doors to work properly
This was followed with a well painted cream undercoat.
With more sanding, cleaning and vacuuming in the guards corridor and compartment, to the point where you wonder just when to stop with all the cupboards, desk, gauges, brake column, pipes, hooks, various other bits, and endless nooks and crannies, you declare that enough is enough, and with sanity returning we get back to undercoating.
Stu repaints some of the undercoating at the south corner and door on the Cotswold side. Unfortunately some further necessary work on the door frame and sides had unavoidably messed up the paintwork
Another useful job done by Stu was giving the brown undercoated panels a light sand in preparation for eventual top coating (we need to get the roof side top coating completed before we start this of course).
Report by Dave Clark