Thursday, 28 February 2019

Wednesday - bits and bobs

On a wonderfully sunny day and with a good attendance there was lots of bits cleared up.

We have decided to replace 2 of the door panels on 21092 not with new but reclaimed ones from the 'Stores'. Colin was charged with sanding them down ready for re-varnishing.

Des was doing some final varnishing the centre vestibule of 21092 and found a bad section of panelling trim beside the door. As its Wednesday and the woodwork team are in Eddie was soon persuaded to cut a new bit which Des then fitted (the light coloured section on the right). He also gave that first coat of varnish.

Rod starting a little snagging painted the missing section of yellow lining out on the edge of door 4.

Bryan continued his fitting of new floor supports in the BSK.

While Rex and Gerry removed the battery boxes to allow access to the underframe for more welding repairs. nit also showed how rotten the boxes were.

By the end of the day Dave Ward was well on in the making of 2 new ones.

On 4986 the trimming of the door entrances continued the rebate has been found to be too shallow  to get the draught excluder rubber in position and allow the door to shut smoothly. A minor adjustment but rather fiddly to do.

While taking pictures for the blog and discussing progress I know exactly why I take various pictures. However, there are the odd occasions when I get home I wonder what the heck is that aboy? This is one such picture. It took me a few moments to realise its the inside of a door (door lock top right). However, I still haven't got the faintest what I was trying show.

So I will just tell you about a couple of door issues dealt with today. This door is from 5023. During the summer there was window failure. the result was that the bottom stop for the window was sheared off the door leaving a hole in the aluminium cast door. We removed the door stripped it down ready for repairs on Thursday, The only thing is we had to rehang the door to make the rake of carriages secure.

Ah worked it out but it doesn't really show well in the picture the glass it totally out of the carrier. Its amazing the glass didn't break considering the mess it made of the door!

The other door dealt with the originally non working door 6 on 13329. The lock mechanism was sorted by Chris on Saturday. Today John Hamer completed the cosmetic side of the repair.

Ther upholstery team are as usual well ahead as they get back to working the seats for 7221 which should come into the works very soon.  John Hill and Dave Dron were having a real battle with the arm rest on this seat back. They have to come off to be recovered but are mounted in a way that makes there removal difficult at the best of times let alone after many years of being in store.

It was welcome to David Hewitt who joined us today. With some experience of upholstery he was soon at home working on an end panel and getting used to the staple gun.

Penny was working on the head rest it will all come together soon one more seat ready to fit if only the carriage was as ready!

The 'and finally' today geos to Ainsley working on some war week-end boards.

Tuesday - Scratching around

Another gloriously sunny day with just ten attending. We are beginning to scratch around for jobs now on TSO 4986 and BCK 21092, Hopefully the latter will be able to be shunted onto the Barn jack road this weekend and the BSK can come into the Workshop. The BSK had been lowered on the jacks to enable more bodyside preparation, but in the end nothing was actually done on it.

As I was in later today I missed Cheryl adding the first top coat to the undercoated south end of the LNWR van.

Literally just a few feet away Richard Hoy was finishing off the lining out on this door on 4986.

Moving onto BCK 21092, yet more work had to be done on the Cotswold side guards door which was still slightly sticking. Maurice does the repair filling and painting.

Towards the end of the day Richard completes the job.

Back inside Dave Hancox reinstates a table leg prior to fitting it in one of the second class compartments.

All the tables have now been installed, this wider one inside one of the two first class compartments.


Window cleaning is just as important. Alan works on those for the compartment doors.

John Hamer discusses the problem at the north end corridor connection on FK 13329.

Derek carefully clamping the latest new piece of framing for the Winchcombe Station trolley prior to drilling more of the pivot hole.


Vivien still busy with the Winchcombe Station sandwich boards.

Report by Dave Clark

Monday, 25 February 2019

Thursday - Lovely spring-like day

With a lovely spring-like day it was hard to believe that we are still in fact in winter, especially with the very fickle month of March rapidly approaching. It was bliss for anyone working outside, and unexpectedly more of us had the opportunity to do just that. A half empty mid-day Mess Room meant a number of us enjoying lunch in the sun.

Where better to start than with an excellent job completed. Mark Young's rebuilt trolleys stand outside the Works awaiting collection. One will be signed over to the Railway, the other will be retained by Mark, but loaned for display.

Now well into rebuilding the Winchcombe platform trolley, Derek contemplates the heavy framework and ponders the next steps.

Into the Paintshop and TSO 4986 progress. Although with taped up lines and part undercoated, Richard Hoy decided that more filler was needed on the centre section of the Malvern side south door.
Jeff worked on the Cotswold side north end door, initially doing the yellow lining out and then reattaching all the back panelling and window bars.

With the Cotswold side centre door now in place, Bob Keyte adds the top coat.

On to BCK 21092, but actually starting outside with Dave Hancox and Phil Salter "enjoying" the delights of cleaning up two toilet pans. These will replace the originals, both of which were found to be cracked. I refrained from putting the very obvious caption for this photo!

Job done, and what a smart toilet compartment this is turning out to be with the nice new paintwork and lino, and cleaned and repainted furnishings. Bob Keyte had earlier coated the window frame with fresh varnish.

In one of the compartments Alan was fixing more internal window framing. 

Phil Jones repairs the paintwork on the Cotswold side guards door. We had to do a bit of work on the frame and sides as the door was sticking. It now works perfectly and just needs a bit more painting to complete the job.

 Bryan measures out another piece of shutter ply ready for reflooring the corridor in BSK 34929.

With 34929 up on the jacks, Nick had another survey of the top hat cross-spars under the corridor and found some more corroded ones. As such John Varley was busy creating more pre-cut sections of the square box tube ready for Nick to weld in.


Nick assesses the result of his welding-in of one of the box tube sections underneath the existing top hat spar.

Further along Rob checks the next section to be treated.

In the new seating area, preparation for the new wall panelling continues as Pat and Tony fit more wood batons.

Just the place to be on such a lovely day. Malcolm tackles more of the problem areas on the Cotswold side of FK 13329. Behind is the Cotswold escarpment itself

After some shunting to get the main rake back in its correct order, with carmine and cream SK 25488 now added, it was discovered that the latter had a vac cylinder problem.


So there was little else that we could do other than drop the existing cylinder down and replace it with a serviced one.

To do this the 03 pulls the coach over the crossing to provide a level surface for the pump trolley. The cylinder might come off relatively easily, but putting one back is definitely awkward to say the least, and eventually required the removal of the DA valve before it could be fitted correctly.


A number of us had an unexpected spell in the sun when Richard Hoy said he had noticed flaking paint and filler on the Cotswold side of FO 3132 "Mary". After the initial groans of "Oh no!", we set to with new filler, very carefully applied and sanded flat, and then fresh top coat applied in descending stages i.e. first the cream, then the black and yellow of the lining out, and finally the brown. The end result was pretty good and should last until the coach is repainted.

In a posed picture as the job was now finished, Paul and Dennis had been doing more cleaning on the side of the main rake. With its partial repaint and clean, SK 25488 is now looking quite presentable and makes a fine addition to the rake, which is due back in Toddington the next day. It is being replaced by the Maroon rake.

Despite all the hard work restocking the rake's RBr, Christine Johnson (Head of Railway Catering Services) always remains cheerful and smiling. (that's not one of our platform trolleys!)

Report by Dave Clark



Friday, 22 February 2019

Wednesday - bits and pieces

With 2 carriages both reaching completion we are running out things for some to do.

The normal cycle of work would have one carriage in painting, one mid progress and one starting out with structural repairs. With the Jack road providing under frame access and bogie restoration space.

Currently the jack road, as tends to happen at this time of year, is being used for quick in out fixes and running gear checks.

So in the paint shop we have some bits of painting, skirting boards to complete vestibules in 21092

and varnishing of door panels for 4986

We re-hung 2 doors on 4986 today. so there are just 2 to go now.

Eager for things to do Rod was straight away measuring up and taping up for the lines.

In the workshop, on 21092 there is the odd bit of snagging that needed doing. the door edge lining out got missed. It was soon sorted by Des.

Even the platform trolleys are completed and looking for a home.

The upholstery team have moved on John practicing for the Easter turkey or maybe profiling the foam for a seat head rest destined for 7221. When we manage to get some workshop space to bring it in and start welding repairs.

He and Dave fitted the cover to one of the first class seats for the carriage. I kept well out of the way while the big needle was out to sew the stuffing sections to the frame work

We often get asked where do you get your spares. This is one way!

We recently acquired a scrap carriage end (free, just transport costs) and Ken spent some time recovering parts that will be useful. The gangway dampers, U section (only minor repairs needed), gangway rubber and out gangway plate. We may well be able to reuse for the steel frame work that is in good condition. A quick add up and we are defiantly in profit having easily covered the transport costs with what has been recovered for re-use.


There was a lot of shunting with the BSK moving to the jack road so that the through barn road is available for some roof work and a roof painting on another running carriage. A quick job ready for the start of next season in just 3 weeks time! It also meant the LNER van moved into the paintshop and the horse box to the workshop

All that meant there is some space for stripping the bits down.

Derek was asking what next, Oh yes another platform trolley.

Eddie and the woodwork team completed the installation of the Broadway counter. Pictures of the completed counter appear elsewhere.