Another small group in with more holidays being taken by the regulars.
After the Tuesday painters' part external repaint of DMU 51405 last week, we returned to the inside. The internal cab door had been removed on Saturday and was being given a sand down by Maurice.
The cab side of the door was then given a fresh coat of Silver Grey. The metal kick plate was also cleaned of paint and once more gleams.
Richard Hoy completed the compartment side of the cab window and door frames, and new beading in the corners, with the Executive Light Grey. This blends in better with the BR blue period interior than the Cream paint that we used on one of the other DMUs.
I continued the underseat vacuuming, with Keith (and Alan) following on with white spirit and rags, cleaning the lower parts of the dusty seat frames.
The next job we have started is carefully sanding the seat framing and very carefully repainting it in Rail Blue. A lot to do, but it will be quite an improvement overall.
Peter was in and working on CK 16221 as Jane (his wife and a member of Railway Catering) was doing training in the station's Coffee Pot Café. Peter is drilling out holes in the latest cleaned up window frame prior to riveting it in place.
Earlier in the day he gave a tour of the Works for Upholstery's Penny Dron who had brought in a group of friends. Penny comments on their continued use of horse hair filling, all of it reclaimed of course during their refurbishment work.
Derek proudly shows his formal "Thank You" letter from the Friends of Winchcombe Station for the superb restoration of one of their platform trolleys.
Meanwhile, it rained and rained. "P & O and 2807 were worth watching as they passed by as steam always looks good in the rain, but where has summer gone?!
Report by Dave Clark