Monday, 29 April 2019

Thursday - Cloudbursts

Yep, we had a few of those all right. Going outside had to be planned! Otherwise a very good day with more like the usual Thursday attendance despite a number being away.
Starting in the Paintshop with Paul polishing the new paintwork on TSO 4986. 

For Richard Hoy it was back to the north vestibule, Cotswold side (Steve still has work to do on the Malvern side). It was more varnishing and painting, plus a further layer of sealant in that annoying doorframe gap. However he had a complete change later on as you will see.

Welcome to our latest new member Roger Gooden. After a tour of the Works, he set to sanding down the secondary filler on the Cotswold sie of BSK 34929.

Into the Barn and CK 16221. At the north end Rob and Derrick had been removing some of the badly rusted plating above the corridor entrance. Rob now carefully cuts away the next section.

Derek investigating typical under-window corrosion. Another window to be removed.

With my eyes on the ground to avoid the glare, I aimed my phone camera hopefully and to my delight got the perfect shot! Nick welds in the base of another window section on 16221.

All done and ready for the angle grinder.
Later in the day Ken is inserting a very large replacement section of panelling.

Moving over to the jack road where BCK 21092 is now located to find Alan improving the working of the straps on the south end Cotswold side door. Small wood blocks have been attached to the interior panelling to which the base of the strap has been re-attached. This improved the reach of the straps enabling better opening of the door.

The completed north vestibule ceiling in 21092.

Now across the yard to see how things are going in SK 24804. Well maybe when the deluge stops - that blue sky belies what was actually above us!

Tony and Pat were working on more luggage rack replacement and netting repairs.

Another compartment ceiling receiving attention with Phil Jones sealing some edge strips.

Bob Keyte apples undercoat to the ceiling in the first compartment.

Bob Slater applies top coat to the centre vestibule ceiling. As we said when we received the on-loan coaches from the NYMR, they will receive the same care and attention as our own stock.

Back in the Workshop Dave Hancox with the table legs out of BCK 21092. L-shaped metal brackets have been made by Nick and rivetted to the feet to enable the legs to be secured to the floor.

Nick again, this time having welded a broken rod on S&T's rail drilling machine - it has two drills to cut parallel holes in the side of the rail.

And what was Richard Hoy's enjoyable painting job? Yes, he's doing an "Alex" with the newly painted bucket.

It can barely be seen, but the "F I R E" really is there in the French chalk. 

He should be smiling because he made a very good job of it. The bucket was a mystery as it had been in the Paintshop quite some time, and it was likley to become another emigrant for Broadway. That was until we had another look at the requirements list for the Guards area in 21092 and discovered that the sand bucket was missing. Sorry Broadway!

Report by Dave Clark

Friday, 26 April 2019

Wednesday - one door closes

Attendance was a little low again today but we did make some good progress.
Just as we thought the Broadway refreshment room was finished Eddie decided they needed some swing doors to shield the kitchen area.

Colin has been tasked with making the doors.

The door team are fully devoted to the doors for 34929 with 10 to restore in total and none of them in good order at present. Trevor and Mike and below Paul all working on the timber frames and strengthening them.

21092 has been moved over to the jacks for the bogies and ride heights to be checked by John along with an inspection of the underframe pipework

I spent much of the days replacing the door restraining straps on door 5. The originals did not allow the door to open sufficiently.

34929 now in the workshop was subject to much sanding and filling on the Malvern side.

Des on the mid height level

Tony on the lower and Russ on the high sections.

16221 having swapped with 21092 now has its Cotswold side better positioned for work. The window corners are much worse on tyhis side with most needing attention. Rex set about removing the rust section on thos window opening. We removed the window itself a couple of weeks ago.

He then cut and prepared new steel work. Not just the skin but in this case also the horizontal rail beneath the window opening. He left it all clamped in position for the welders on Thursday.


The removed window got the Tony Barnard treatment. it was soon cleaned and reglazed and put back on the rack ready for reinstallation.

Tony then set about doing the same with the Stretcher window. Intriguingly this window was made by a different company to the rest of the windows in the carriage. This results in a completely different set of window glazing rubber.

Spot quiz: How many different rubber types do you think were used on this window?

The lower opening section glass removed. Fitting the glass in this type of window in interesting. You put the rubber trim round the window and then lower in complete into the opening. The trick/difficult bit is the get the lip on the rubber trim to 'pop' into position. 

Penny's latest count up means they only have about six seat cushions and some side panels left to do for 16221

Quiz answer ; so far we have identified 3 different rubber sections the same number as the other window type. The only thing is they are all different across the 2 type of window in this carriage.

Tuesday - Contrasts

A busy day with a more usual Tuesday attendance. Quite a range of contrasting activities today.

More excellent progress with the LNWR van re-roofing. Stu and Maurice attaching more lengths of T&G

after they have been measured and prepared by Richard.

Richard has cut thin strips of wood to glue into the groove of the edge plank. Note also the deliberate overhang at the end - although not normal for this type of van, this will help with keeping the wet out.
A view inside the van at the end of another successful day.

Cheryl giving a final coat of black gloss to the central vestibule skirting in TSO 4986. I love that hat!

More careful paint repairs to the doorway.

Richard Hoy was working on the north vesitbule, here adding sealant to the gap in the door frame. Despite the gap being somewhat larger on this particular doorframe, we decided it would still be better to do this rather than leave it.

The skirting here also had a repaint, including the extra bit added by Steve on Saturday to cover the gap at the base of the corridor end door frame.

Tony works on another window frame from CK 16221, cleaning the one of the quarterlight glasses.

Meanwhile inside the CK Derek is removing the old worn panelling from the corridor.

Inside the north vestibule of BCK 21092 Dave Hancox is putting up the ceiling beading strips prepared by Steve on Saturday.
A very different job for Cheryl, cleaning out another fire bucket. I later repainted it. This was going to go to Broadway, but it is in fact the bucket from BCK 21092 (sorry Jo!), which had been left in the Paintshop and ended up full of bits of wood etc for paint stands.

Ainsley and Alan, having defected to the War effort, are busy shifting sand bags to Platform 2, I suspect to protect the Waiting Room.

Inside SK 24804 John top coats the north vesibule ceiling.

Later on he is undercoating the ceiling in the first compartment from the south end that had been prepared by Michael on Saturday.

Tony cleaning the outsides of the quarterlights on this Malvern side window. 24804 is going to be a very nice coach by the time we have finished all the repairs and cleaning.
TTI Graham Westgate watches the fireman of 2807 preparing to give up the token on the 1247 train to Cheltenham.

Report by Dave Clark