Friday, 29 March 2019

Wednesday - a busy day.

I think there is some saying about the management get to carry the can. Well today I did! I delivered a load of empty cans ex marmalade making for the church. These are an ideal size for paintbrush cleaning. There seems to be a fairly good balance between the amount of marmalade consumed and the number of brushes for cleaning.


Having just about reached the end of door work on 4986 Craig was checking the records.

While Paul moved on to stripping door 8 from 34929. Here cleaning up the window mechanism

Trevor has picked up on a door was made a start to some time ago. So it has progressed to the panelling already.

Des was back to staining and varnishing a panel for Broadway . Ed didn't like the exposed side of the chiller cabinet, which tends to grab the attention as you enter the refreshment room, so he has made a concealment panel to blend in with the counter and reduce the impact of the cabinet.

The main focus of work has shift to BSK 34929 in the workshop and CK 16221 in the barn.

On the BSK one section is now ready for greying up so after a wipe over to remove dust David started on the window frames.

There is still some structural work going on. Ken welded in a new door pillar and started the replacement of the associated body side.


Welcome to Richard Pratt who joined us today.

He was soon assisting Geoff with the flooring edges to the new saloon area.


Tony has started on the window clean up for 16221. A slider with broken glass dismantled and the frame cleaned up.

He moved on to clean the glass in this window , also for 16221, and replace the rubber which has largely perished throughout the carriage windows.


At the south end of the carriage Nick and John Varley  cut out the rusty sections of both outer crash pillars and the base plate welding new steel back in place. The inner pillars and the inner section of the base plate will have to wait until the gangway connector has been removed.

Bob Mac completed the base coat of red oxide on the roof where it was appropriate to do so.

some patches were NOT worth any attention until some metal work repairs have been done.

Dave was working on this first class arm rest and side panel for 16221

while John Completed the seat back arm rest.

and Penny and Dave measured up ready to cut the next set of pieces of moquette for another set.

In the wood work shop Colin was making a ceiling panel section

and in the barn Derek lined up the planks for the deck of the platform trolley.

While checking out a set of shelving we are currently storing for David  (shops Dept.)  I had the opportunity to stop and admire the C&W yard wild garden. Things are growing well again this year. Beside the mass of primroses we already have a dandelion seed head (extreme left) fully formed.

Having completed the day it was home change and out again to give a 90 minute talk on behalf of the railway to a group on Gloucester.

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Another glorious sunny day with our usual Tuesday attendance.

On such a nice day, the roller shutters were up and those in the Barn could enjoy the lovely spring weather.

 Bob Mac was back on the roof of the CK 16221 applying red oxide primer. A lot of the galvanised steel has worn away which left whole areas of rust.

Having recently free'd up the sticking Cotswold side guards door on BCK 21092 we found that the Malvern side one was also sticking though not as bad. Dennis once again sorted this out and is reapplying the relevant top coat.

Derek has mounted the rear set of wheels on the Winchcombe Station platform trolley.

In the Workshop Tony cleans up a window frame from the CK.

There was another concerted "attack" on the bodysides of BSK 34929, with Richard H and Keith on the Cotswold side and Ainsley on the Malvern side.. This is the frustrating part of preparation when the filling and sanding seemingly goes on and on. However Tony and I stayed late and we managed to complete the north part of the Cotswold side. It was very satisfying to be able to stick on a note to say that the greying up could begin on this section.

During the morning we had a visit from Richard Fairhurst and his daughter Jessica. Richard, one of our regular Tuesday gang, has recently had a knee operation but hopes to be back with us soon.

Having discovered on Saturday that the skirting in the toilet compartments in TSO 4986 had not been given a final top coat, it was with some relief that I found that the toilets had not yet been plumbed in. As such they were removed and Stu was able to add a coat of gloss black. He then went on to give further coats of silver Hammerite and varnish where needed in the south vestibule.

It was back to adding more top coat to the LNWR van for Maurice, with Stu later assisting. It had been suggested that the buffer beam and buffers should also been in grey so this was duly done at both ends. We did however decide to leave the sole bar as it was.

On such a lovely day, it had to be lunch outside in the station play area. 

After lunch Dave Hancox was back in TSO 4867 sweeping up now that all the seating had been removed from the north compartment. Everything is now neatly stacked in the south compartment, ready to remove and store when the coach eventually comes in for restoration.

Both our Steam and Diesel Departments are delighted that they can now have four rakes of coaches to run in their respective Galas. With the two loan coaches from the NYMR and BCK 21092 soon to be ready, the 3rd Rake can be split and two temporary rakes of 5 and 6 coaches will be available. While SK 25488 is now running in the main rake (until TSO 4986 is ready), we need to get SK 24804 in a usable state. As such Richard Johnson, Dave Hancox and I had a good look inside 24804 to assess what needs to be done.

The first and most obvious is to replace the water-damaged back of the Cotswold side south door and surrounding panelling. One of the other doors also has a damaged back panel but isn't so obvious.

The corridor ceiling will be repainted.

The luggage rack netting in some of the compartments needs repairing, and all the seating needs a good clean. Otherwise the coach looks pretty good inside. Externally the paintwork on 24804 is the better of the two coaches. There is a steam leak at the north end, which we may be able to sort out when the bogies are checked, but with the Gala at the end of May heating is unlikely to be needed.

Report by Dave Clark

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Saturday - Space at last!

A smaller attendance today and a mixed one from the success point of view, but the good parts really were good!
Beginning with TSO 4986, Chris is sorting out the striker plate in the Malvern side centre doorway which needed some adjustment.

 On the opposite side Steve was working around the centre doorway during the rebuild of the centre vestibule.

Setting up the north end of the LNWR van for the roof fittings was Paul Ellis. Both he and Richard Stone had a very successful day with more good progress on the roof rebuild.

Making more good use of the cedar planking with the new end supports for the roof. The plywood template for the curved section lies below.

Note also the very robust fittings for the curved roof beams. The new roof will be extremely firm and strong to say the least!

In the Workshop George was back on the bodywork preparation on the Malvern side of BSK 34929.

One of the important jobs for today was testing the water tanks in BCK 21092. With the coach shunted out, Dennis and Malcolm took on the job. 

At the south end all was going fine except for a leaking joint at the back of the pan, which Malcolm tightened but to no avail. Then disaster when the tank was close to full, with water pouring in through the ceiling. Something definitely wrong with the top of the tank, which may mean that it has to come out.

Malcolm checks the filler pipe fitting at the north end before beginning. The tank was ok with no leaks, but there was a leaking joint on the back of the pan, the same as for the south end. Water did however pour out of the large filling point on the top of the roof. So a bit of work to do to sort all this out.

The pipework in the south end toilet maintenance cupboard.

As recently reported our vacuum cyclinder area has been overcrowded to say the least, leaving very little room for maintenance and refurbishment of these very important items. The new storage frame made by John Osborn was moved into position with the top level floored with more of the heavy cedar planking. 

All the old pallets were disposed of and new ones made again out of the cedar planking.

The crescent shaped sections are screwed on and help the cylinder to remain vertical.

The new vac cylinder area, with compact storage for both cylinders and pump trolleys, and a nice spacious section in which to work, marked out with a yellow box i.e. keep this area clear! 

Report by Dave Clark