Bob Slater having "fun" removing some very reluctant screws from the support for 51405's corridor entrance side panel. This will enable a clear run for Bob and Pete Webb, our regular lino contractors.
It was then on to cleaning up the side panels, though old Formica never really cleans up very well.
A final clean of the corridor door area with the side panels placed nearby.
Also going on inside was some more floor cleaning - we must remember to put sheets on the floor as well as the seats when ceiling painting! Richard Hoy (not pictured) was painting Silver Hammerite on the discoloured bolt heads for the luggage racks, a big improvement.
Maurice gave the compartment side of the cab door a coat of the Exec Light Grey. A second coat will complete the job.
Keith and Richard were back on seat frame painting in Rail Blue. This is another big improvement.
Stu found a "dry" bit that somehow was missed on our quick repaint of the lower Cotswold side panels a couple of weeks ago. This was soon rectified!
Under the sole bar the general state was dirt and as such we originally abandoned trying to do any sprucing up. However some parts really needed highlighting, so Maurice got cracking with a clean up and then the relevant undercoats applied. Much later in the day this had dried so Bob Mac added the top coat.
Even though the south end is between coaches, and again we weren't going to bother because of this, Stu decided that some of the pipework needed painting. He is a very quick worker, literally bouncing from job to job. That notice is well placed as anyone soon discovers if climbing into the unit via the corridor entrance!
A happy smiling Cheryl having a field day with painting or varnishing everything on the trestles, from new bits of ceiling for 51405 to light fittings for BSK 34929.
I love her wet paint signs!
The wooden light fittings - sanded, re-stained and then varnished.
Stu deals with the numerous items that had been hanging on the hooks behind the trestles - all having a second coat of paint.
Normally something I regularly do, but today Dennis was doing a grand job of emptying all the Works bins and looking after the recycling. Thank you Dennis.
With nothing more that could currently be done with 51405 and more of our Tuesday regulars turning up, it was time to expand to BSK 34929. John Hughes and Richard Fairhurst (good to see him back) undercoated most of the Cotswold side window frames.
This is something that we could get on with. Further undercoating with lining out tape will wait until the missing doorway capping strips have been re-instated (and that can't happen until we get some door liners made to fit first).
Useful work continues inside TSO 4867 even though this is not due to come in until after we have started the green RBr restoration and space is available in the Works. Dave Hancox and Bob Mac continue the cleaning up of the south compartment ceiling.
The north end compartment ceiling, now undercoated by Bob Keyte and looking very much better.
The two bogies have returned from St Phillips Marsh, Bristol, with the wheelset tyres gleaming after their turning.
Oh yes, it was raining again!
The blue King looking superb as it pulls away towards Toddington with newly restored TSO 4986 at the head of the rake. I, no doubt along with many others, will be sorry when the King has to return to Didcot - what a magnificent loco!