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