Thursday, 31 January 2019

Tuesday - That's better!

A generally good day with a lot of very good progress.

Bob and Pete, our lino contractors, were back in to do TSO 4986. With the required pattern marked out by the heavy paper, Pete cuts out the lino accordingly.

Bob fits the lino required in the centre vestibule. The job was completed and the result looked very good. They will be back when DMU 51405 returns to have its refurbishment completed.

Meanwhile, the gang were back to complete the lining out on 4986. Cheryl adds the black to the lower line on the Cotswold side. In the background is Alex, blacking the top line. He works incredibly quickly and had already got to the centre.

Stu and Maurice were on the Malvern side doing the yellow lines.

Alex again, with his trademark of used dangling tape. He works in short sections, using two tape rolls (sitting in the gutter). As soon as a reasonable section is done, the tape is off, and he's into the next section. His speed is amazing. By the late afternoon the yellow on the Malvern side had dried sufficiently and he then got all the black done too! All that remains are some bits of inner doorframe which we left because of the lino laying.

Job done!

Stu glossing the charging point and fuse box.

Last job of the day, painting the communication cord flag.


Into the Workshop and BCK 21092, with Richard Fairhurst preparing the north end toilet compartment for painting.

John Hughes repositions the bottom block on the back of the guards door, which had to be raised to enable the new lino to be fitted.

However 21092 was about to bite us yet again - it really has been a problematical coach to say the least! The door still would not open fully, the left hand side hitting the lino a few inches from the wall. Dennis tries to clear what he can, but in the end the door was removed to see what we could do to resolve this.

Back to the Barn for more filling and sanding on BSK 34929, with Cheryl and Keith working on the modified south end. Further work was being done on the Malvern side.

Job completed with a further coating of red oxide.

Moving over to TSO 25488 and our cosmetic tidy-up. Phil Jones on the Malvern side and Richard Hoy on the Cotswold side.

That's better! Two sections of the Malvern side tidied up - Phil's door, and further along done by Richard earlier.

The couplings are completed and are now ready to hang on the new rack in the Barn entrance.

Vivien, with her FOWS "hat" on, redoing the station exit sandwich board.

Report by Dave Clark

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Saturday - making parts

A frequent cry all C&W departments across the country have to contend with is why have you got all those old coaches laying around you will never restore them. This somewhat misses the point that most of them are either waiting to be restored, are full of spare part or indeed are the spare parts themselves.

You can't buy many bits for a Mk1 carriage or any other heritage carriage off the shelf. Although I have just ordered 3 exchange buckeye couplers at around £1000 each!

So for most of the bits we need we have to overhaul or make new ourselves. The upholstery team are adept at this. John and Penny working on replacement side panel arm rests for 21092.

while Dave prepare the next one for 21092 we need 18. yes it would normally be 20 but the carriage has an unusual arrangement where 2 compartments have been merged together..

some extra padding for the edge of the armrest so that is wont wear out quite so quickly.

Now the flooring has been laid the seats that were already prepared have been retrieved for those storage carriages and are now in 21092 ready to be installed.

and the compartment door tracks are being reinstalled. We won't put the doors on until the seats are in. Its a tight enough squeeze to get the seats through the doorway without the doors in place; they reduces the opening by another inch.

Steve was making some new supports for the small shelf that fits in the corner of the toilet compartments.

While Richard was busy making roof beam supports for the LNER wagon

Not original but they will support the old roof bars which have rotted away at the ends. Replacing the beams is way to expensive for what is in all practical purposes a garden shed on wheels. The wagon having a wooden chassis will never be used in a freight train. so is a static exhibit and makes a great shed for the Friend of Winchcombe who look after the station. 


The last threshold for 4986 in place ready for the flooring screed and floor next week.

Alex back it time for some lining out.

I think he only come to make big balls of masking tape!

On the other side Jeff was also lining out.

In the barn checks on the under side of 25488 continue now the bogies have been exchanged. we have to trace the steam heat leak. Yep its over the bogie as indicated by the chalk mark on the sole bar.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Thursday - Concentrated effort

Quite a day with a large attendance.

There was a lot of attention given to SK 25488 now that it is in the Barn for a week or so, and the chance to do more cosmetic repairs and give the inside a good clean.  Starting with Richard Bates putting in more connections in the Malvern side battery box.

Both sides of the roof had considerable amounts of flaking paint, so Malcolm and Richard Hoy got going with scrapers.


Bob Mac had already cleared his side and was applying the black high build roof paint. At least from platform level this will considerably improve the look of the coach in the short term.

Various parts on both bodysides need more filling and sanding, keeping both Robert and Dave Hancox busy.

With the wash-and-vac in full flow Paul soon had the seats spruced up.


The clean certainly paid dividends - just look at that water!

On the other Barn road, Pat and Tony continued the fitting out of the inner window frames in BSK 34929.


Also Barn-related, Ian paints more couplings destined for the new rack.

John Squires machining another pivot connection, this time second GWR trolley.


What a very kind gesture! When Derek enquired about springs for the trolley, the firm he contacted sent him these - just the what he wanted and no charge!

Derek makes a start on the FOWS trolley from the station to assess what needs to be done. Looks like quite a lot - well, may as well do the job properly.


Meanwhile the steady rumbling outside was the 03 shunting coaches from the Chocolate and Cream (Main) set. Always the most frantic time of the year as we get coaches in and out for all the necessary repairs and maintenance.

Bob and Pete, our lino contractors, were back in completing the new flooring in BCK 21092. Here Bob is cutting the carpet for the two first class compartments.

The new lino with views down the corridor and into the saloon. The next jobs? Reinstate the seating, compartment doors and toilets

Finally TSO 4986, with Bryan completing the Malvern side centre door threshold.

Later Bob Mac gives a protective coat of varnish prior to final fitting on Saturday. The lino is being laid in all three vestibules and toilet compartments on Tuesday.

Cleaning some of the screeding off one of the threshold strips is Fred, from the Cotswold Steam Preservation (2807) group, who has recently joined us.


Bob Keyte begins the masking tape removal in the toilet compartments.


Finally, inside 4986 Phil Jones continues his careful blacking up of the seat legs.

Report by Dave Clark