Thursday, 14 March 2019

Tuesday - Very wet and windy

The first day of the Races and what a miserable rain-soaked start. Thankfully the sun did come out in the afternoon. Not everyone was in with several regulars helping out on the race trains. Otherwise we carried on as normal, with the main job of the day being the painting of the LNWR van.

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


St Blazey 1925 said...

Having at one time been a keen railway modeller, I was quite lucky to see the layout by Crewe grammer school which featured, naturally enough, a large LNWR layout in pre grouping days. On this and, other layouts seen in the model railway press, I noticed that LNWR vehicles had diamond shaped devices on their sides. whether these were metal plates or painted on for some reason I am not sure. Would your LNWR van have had these? Maybe you could check with the LNWR officianados.
Regards, Paul.

The C and W Dept Blog of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway said...

I am told that the diamonds were originally applied because most of the staff couldn't read or write, and the diamond identified that it was an LNWR van. It was only later that the diamonds were replaced by letters. The date at which that change started to happen I don’t know.

Alex said...

The diamonds weren't necessarily an "illiterate mark" but more akin to a logo allowing easy identification, even before the 1870 education act most children got their "three Rs". I think there were a mix of metal plates or painted on.

They were phased out from 1912 with the LNWR large letters coming in around 1908. Our wagon wasn't built until 1920 so no diamonds for our example.

Alex (someone who knows an LNWR aficionado!)

Anonymous said...

That man Derek is the best trolly renovator we have got!!!