Monday, 14 January 2019

Thursday -A whole lot going on

A third of January gone already. Time passes too quickly when you have a lot to try and do in our short closed season. Another large number in thankfully and so a lot of work done. Not photographed was Richard Bates working on more electrics underneath new SK 25488, and inside FO 3122 "Mary", Dennis Richards and others working on loose centre headrests on two of the seats. The latter may well be a perpetual problem which we could well do without.

Starting with TSO 4986, the final two little bits of capping strip were fitted the day before, so after a bit of filling and sanding down Cheryl was able to apply an initial top coat to another large panel. I love that hat!

In the centre on the Malvern side of the coach Richard works on yet another of the doorframes. Sanding was done very carefully and gently with that wet panel close by.


Inside 4986 Phil Jones had several jobs including painting the seat legs black, and later using fine wire wool to clean up the metal window frames. The frames came up very well with much of the tarnish removed.
With three restorations on the go we need lots of new footboards, even for the temporary bogies underneath 4986. Robert Wells primes another batch [mental note: I must check my supplies of dark grey undercoat and black gloss!].


Amongst the jobs done by Martin was more sanding of the table top edges for BCK 21092. When stripped back to bare wood, the edges are re-varnished and come up very well.


Tony takes a break while sanding the old glue off the back of another section of Formica panel from one of the toilet compartments 21092. In the background is the reinforcing section of hardboard that will be stuck on the Fomica. I didn't make it down to "Mary" where Dennis was doing a great job fixing the loose headrests, but at least I have him in a photo.

Having carefully glued on the hardboard, Tony adds weights to ensure a good seal. As well as old brake blocks, borrowed wheels from one of the GWR trolleys come in very handy for this job!

Over on the milling machine Bryan is creating some new circular connections for the metal flags used to indicate the pulling of a coaches communication cord.


When possible we like to set up things in readiness. To this effect Nick is cutting new lengths of box tube which we use to replace corroded underfloor cross spars (as was done on BCK 21092). Nick has already surveyed underneath BSK 34929 and identified some that will need replacing. 

John Varley then cuts the ends of the tubes to the required shape.


Climbing into BCK 21092 where Pat is completing the rebuild of the inner frame of the window that had to be removed for the panel repairs.

Bob Keyte adds more "Executive Light grey" top coat to the disabled compartment in the BCK.

- In the Barn it was wheelset changing following the arrival of the re-turned wheelsets from St Philips Marsh GWR Depot.


John Hamer is replacing one of the spacer plates above a bogie spring.

Ken Reeves cleans up a bolt from the bogie.


Our new 03 driver Ian dismounts while shunting one of the bogies. Judging by the shine on the leading wheelset, this is one of the ones returned.


John and Ian survey the remains of a flat on a wheelset.

Fitting the wheels and brake blocks on the second of the two GWR trolleys. What a really great job this is, especially as it was originally intended as a background fill-in that usually falls into the "when we can get around to it" category. Well done Derek!

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1 comment:

St Blazey 1925 said...

What can I say? So much done! Well done to you all.
Can't wait to see that GWR trolley complete and painted.
Regards, Paul.