Thursday, 6 June 2019

Tuesday - A successful day

Ten in attandance, which included John Hamer who has done a number of extra hours sorting out some of the post Gala maintenance on SO 4790 in the Main Rake. We had hoped to do more cleaning up and protective measures on the Malvern side of RBr 1675, which is way down the yard and very visible to our travelling public, but the somewhat heavy rain put paid to that.

Sometimes things don't work out so well, and one of these, that had been bugging me every time I walked past, was the top coating on the Cotswold side lower section of DMU 51405. The Malvern side is great and well up to our usual standard, whereas the Cotswold side was lacking in lustre and had numerous "dry" patches. So a blitz was called for and the entire lower section was carefully sanded, mainly with 240 paper.

It's amazing just how quickly the repaint can be done, and done very well, when you have some of the best on the job. Overall it was a great improvement and heads can be held high again. Just some extra cream on the lining out will finish it off.

Some of the team then went round with the black gloss, repainting the sole bar and step boards. Earlier on Alan and I had polished the lower section of the Malvern side, making the already good painting there even better.

Keith finishing off the second coat of black gloss on the corridor end plates for CK 16221.

Back inside TSO 4867 Dave and Richard (now that the DMU painting was finished), were back to scraping the loose, flakey paint off the ceiling panels.

Report by Dave Clark


St Blazey 1925 said...

Yes. The DMU power car DOES look good!
I'm sure you will get round to the RBr when time (and weather) permit.
There will come a time when all carriages will only need minor remedial work, (one can dream).!!
All looking very good.
Regards, Paul.

Aardvark11 said...

The DMU had lost it's shine, but do you not varnish your vehicles?

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

No although we could perhaps try it on the DMU’s.

We did try it on the Mk1s but a combination of the cylinder oil and the length of the tunnel had a detrimental effect. Namely really bad streaking of the cream in a matter of only a few weeks in service so we stopped. The we tried cleaning it off but the oil eats into the varnish. It doesn’t do it to the paint.

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

One of the RBrs is next in. A shunt to extract it is being worked out. It will then have to have the Asbestos under the floor and round the pipework removed.