Thursday, 9 May 2019

Thursday - Good news day

A very satisfying day, particularly so with the good news about Ian Stroud and Tony Barnard .
Firstly a flashback to December 2017 with TSO 4986 entering the Works having recently had the underframe and bogies grit-blasted and coated in primer.

As 4986 is today. It has been a long trawl but it is almost ready to join the main rake in time for the Steam Gala at the end of the month. 

In the north vestibule Richard continues the tidying up after the rebuild, with a further coat of black gloss on the skirting board.

Not sure how we managed not to top coat the south vestibule ceiling. However Phil does a very careful job, especially with all the lovely varnished veneeer panelling and doors surrounding him.

Richard finished his day with some fresh gloss on all the step boards.

In the Barn Malcolm is giving a coat of Underframe Black to the bogies under CK 16221.

At the north end Ken is welding in new sheet metal above the corridor entrance.

The emergency window frame from the CK being given quite a clean by Tony.

Ian and John fitting the dynamo belt under BCK 21092.

Now placed over the pit 21092 will make a fine addition to the 3rd Rake. 

Dennis cleaning inside the 3rd Rake. 

Tony Baker and Alan repairing window frames inside FK 13337 "Gillian".

Into FK 13329 to find Pat doing the same. All this maintenance is very useful in that it keeps our coaches in as good a condition as possible. Both these coaches, particularly 13337, could do with a full refurbishment.

With a lot of checks and some adjustments carried out on the bogies of SK 24804, John lowers the body back into position.

Phil cleaning up the contact pins from the electrical connectors.

Saving the good news until last. From the brake van Neil watches Tony Barnard and Ian Stroud as they undergo their final examination as shunter and 03 driver (stage 2)respectively. Both successfully passed. The 'stage 2' means Ian can now drive the 03 anywhere in the Winchcombe station area. Well done both!

To clarify what is I know a slightly confusing job title situation the 'Shunter' does not drive but directs the manoeuvres while walking round the yard

Report by Dave Clark

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