Friday, 10 May 2019

Thursday - Getting there


Nineteen in attendance on a very wet day, but the outdoor jobs carried on regardless. We are getting there with our pre-Gala preparations.

It's always good to watch the first train of the day. In the pouring rain "P & O" rounds the curve with the main rake, and the consolation with wet weather is that steam trains always look great.

It was buckeye examination day for the 3rd Rake. Bob Slater approaches the 03 to give Phil some more instructions. The rake is gradually pulled apart to allow the examination of each coupling. Rain or sun, this essential work is carried on regardless.


The team from the Works have taken on this extra maintenance role and in so doing are considerably helping our full time team who unfortunately are now down in numbers.

Paul was busy inside TSO 4986, here ensuring that this door security lock is homing fully.

 
A further tidying up job in 4986 with Bob Keyte adding silver Hammerite to the table securing brackets where needed.
 

Moving quietly round the end of 4986 I managed to capture Phil, without the usual grinning gestures, as he waits the next move instruction from the buckeye inspection team.
 

It's too wet to paint, but the rain is a help when cleaning the green mould off the windows and body side. Dave has another go at tidying up TSO 4869 to make it a bit more presentable to our passengers as they pass through the yard on the main line.
 
 
The two restored coaches, 21092 and 4986, are almost ready for the Gala. The former will be the brake coach for the temporary 4th Rake of 5 coaches, the first time we have been able to run four proper rakes.


John Hamer's notes on SK 24804 following final underframe checks after the quick shake-down run up the yard and back.


 
On to progress with CK 16221. Having taped up the area of corroded panelling underneath the toilet window, Rex begins cutting it out.
 

With the removed section clamped on top of new sheet metal, John Varley can cut out the exact shape.
 

The new section is then clamped in place to check all is well before welding it in place.


 
With a coating of red oxide another job is completed ready for the window to go back in.
 

Inside 16221 Derek was removing the old inner wood framing around the windows on the Malvern side.






With DMU 51405 back in the fold we lost no time is getting on with the remaining jobs to get this completed and back out to replace the blue DMU. Rob and Martin got cracking on removing all the stored seats from the south compartment, where a large part of the remaining work is located. New lino will also be laid in this compartment.
 

Rob then vacuumed the floor throughout the whole of 51405.
 

 
The Indoor Gang got cracking on the prepared interior panelling to replace all that removed as part of the extensive metalwork repairs.
 


Tony replaces the old and missing draught excluder on the door frames in this area.

 
 
Alan and Pat were sorting out one of the window frames in the north compartment. Several windows in this part of 51405 had water damaged frames.
 

Plenty of jobs elsewhere too, with Martin adding oxide to some chipped out bubbles that were spotted on the south end either side of the corridor connection. I later filled and sanded these ready for repainting.
 

The left hand side of the connection door frame had been damaged which meant removal of the edging strip. Martin nails home the replacement length of wood. Some sealant was added to complete the job. This is now ready for repainting. 
 
 
With very commendable patience Jeff cleaned up every door stop on both sides of 51405, removing any dirt and bits of paint. Well done Jeff!
 

Finally catching up with some trestle painting, Bob black glosses the reverse sides of the new corridor connection wood plates and gives the ends of the electrical connectors a second coat. With the 3rd Rake coach separation completed to provide access for the buckeye inspection team, Phil takes a break from the 03 to add green primer to the cleaned up covers for the electrical connectors.

Report by Dave Clark

20 comments:

Gordon Smith said...

I don't know if it's just me but there are no photographs in this blog.

Ian Styles said...

It’s not just you.

Equinox said...

Rain stops pictures too

Toddingtonted said...

Plenty of pictures. What's your problem? Many thanks for the update again C&W.

Dave Denscombe said...

It was broken last night, but pictures are back today.

Adrian said...

Brilliant transformation of 4986. Well done everyone

Mark GWSR Contributor said...

This is a truly amazing department, not only restoring carriages, maintaining them and building other additional GWSR railway artefacts as well.

Thanks for the pictures showing the repair on the corroded paneling underneath the toilet window.

Mark GWSR Contributor said...

RE: " The former will be the brake coach for the temporary 4th Rake of 5 coaches"

Just a thought, could you not attached the three coach DMU on the temporary 4th rake to make up the eight carriages?

Just a suggestion.

Alex said...

Would look pretty naff, and the fourth rake is to be hauled by the Caley tank which can only manage 5 coaches anyway, so it works out quite well.

Mark GWSR Contributor said...

Alex,

Thank you for replying and offering your thoughts.

Whilst it may look ‘naff’ to the aficionados and purists of steam, which I don’t wish to upset for that truly magnificent Bank Holiday weekend, it was just a thought, in case they were all crammed in like a ‘tin of sardines’ in that rake of five carriages.

Alex said...

Apologies if I came across a little short, perils of the internet! :-)

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

there will be plenty more picture of rust under windows being replaced on 16221. every window on the Cotswold side and most on the Malvern will require some work. Perhaps not as much but it makes little difference!

On the 5 coach rake its very easy for us to overlook the load capacity of the locos doing the work. We had to do a special check on the load to ensure the five was ok. We are so used to the BIG locos we normally have.

I rather suspect there will be crowding on that set as so many will want a trip behind the Caley. So sneaky trick could be to show up on the previous Thursday when it will filling the DMU timetable slot. Wink Wink!

Alex said...

Ooh you'll get into trouble for revealing that Peter!! (I usually do anyway!)

Mark GWSR Contributor said...

Alex and Peter,

Thank you for taking the time to comment and reply. All being well I am coming over to visit the Tuesday after that Bank Holiday Weekend.

A question if I may.

RE: "On the 5 coach rake its very easy for us to overlook the load capacity of the locos doing the work. We had to do a special check on the load to ensure the five was ok. We are so used to the BIG locos we normally have."

What would the maximum coach loading capacity be for the BIG locos?

They are currently pulling 8 coaches. Can the load capacity reach 10 or 12 coaches? Just asking out of curiosity.

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

A short search on youtube will find a several videos of P&O, Foremarke Hall and the visiting 9F with 14 plus a loco in tow. This was part of the gala a couple of years ago. Its not something we are doing again.
In there heyday and being a Southern person myself, I can remember seeing 14 up behind Marchant Navy's on boat train out of Waterloo fairly often.

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

try https://youtu.be/KU3j0PwhT6s

Mark GWSR Contributor said...

BIG thank you Peter,

I enjoyed watching that You Tube link that you have posted.

Another question if I may;

If the platform lengths on all the GWSR Stations were lengthened to accommodate, what would maximum coach length for trains be advisable for the normal timetabling of GWSR operations?

Maybe I am putting you on the spot here, but I am just curious as to the maximum possible for the normal services operated by GWSR.

I don't know whether you have considered that question before.

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

8 is our maximum not due to platform length but what is practical for us to operate. That is already a train with over 300 passengers when full.

The only reason for the top and tail in the video was because the run round loops are to long enough. Its not just platform length that dictates things, loops signalling etc would all need massive work. P'Way recently changed the loop at Winchcombe to handle the longer trains. The signalling had to be altered as well

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

Another limiting factor is the number of carriage we have! this week-end for the Gala everything we have that is fit to run IS DOING SO. 27. the rest look more like 16221.

Mark GWSR Contributor said...

Peter,

Thank you for your additional comments and feedback.

Much appreciated.

Mark.