Maurice adding the first top coat to the Cotswold side of the van.
Stu undercoats the remaining unpainted half of the Malvern side.
Each part of the van has a tick list attached - U/coat, t/coat 1, t/coat 2, t/coat 3. As is now the norm, all our refurbished goods vehicles receive a lot more paint. After quite a considerable effort Stu and Maurice were able to increase the number of ticks.
Many small jobs were done of course, too many to photograph, but all part of getting BCK 21092 completed as far as possible before it goes out to the jack road. John Hughes kindly donated the pin board for the guards compartment.
Another job was gluing new felt strips to the end sliding door frames, the old felting having crumbled away leaving bare wood.
Another job done by Ainsley was cleaning up and painting our bogie puller, which enables the 03 shunter to haul bogies around the yard as required. This will be completed in top coat yellow.
Both Keith and Ainsley did some more filling and sanding on BSK 34929. Hopefully this will be in the Workshop very soon and we can then make a concerted effort to get this completed and in a coat of light grey paint.
Derek's latest trolley renovation is coming on very well. Although he says this is the last one he wants to do, I can see someone appearing at our door, cap in hand, and saying "We have a trolley that needs fixing, please can you help".
We frequently have deliveries of wood, but not usually when its pouring with rain. A large consignment of tanalized tongue and groove planking, some of which will be for the new roof of the LNWR van, was literally dripping and leaving puddles on the floor. The only solution was to stand it vertically to drain off and eventually dry out. Some of the planking was very long - thank goodness for the upholstery hoist shaft!
Unfortunately I missed photographing either of the race specials, but did capture "Dinmore Manor" undergoing some new season test runs. This is probably going to haul the 3rd Rake on Gold Cup Day, the main rakes being hauled by "Foremarke Hall" and "P & O".
Report by Dave Clark