Thursday, 24 October 2019

Tuesday - Wednesday

I was in on Tuesday this week to meet up with the Cleaning team. The team work out of Toddington so some had never actually been to the works at Winchcombe. We did the grand tour for them all. It was also a chance to see the Tuesday gang who I haven't meet up with for a while.

Tuesday is largely a painting day at present So there was a combination of planks being primed and undercoated in the fore ground for the Shark south end undercoating on the carriage behind.

First top coating round window frames

and roof painting. 

What I didn't expect but was delighted to see was a group fitting the new roof planks to the Shark. Intriguingly they discovered the centre section roof arches are about an inch lower that the ends. So some improvisation is being employed to level things up. 

Back in for the normal busy Wednesday. We normally have all the trades represented but today we were missing the welders. The upholstery team were in full flow with Jenny doubling up; seat back sewing with John and cushion corner trimming with Penny at the same time. 

Dave was staples by the hurdred the removing the two arm rests from the next seat He then prepared the arm rests ready for recovering.

while David was working on the set of 32 set ends. Its a case of steady progress and keep going.

Bob and Richard were completing the ceiling trim in the saloon of 34929

What Bob with a Hammer!!!!

Arrgh that's better with the trim strips all in place he was soon back with the paint brush and the ceiling with its priming coat applied.

The door team were well pleased having rehung the pair of doors on the Cotswold side. The lock is still to be fitted but the match up between the doors looks very good whenb they are both closed.

Also in progress is the rebuild of a compartment door to make a pair for the saloon entrance from the vestibule.

Some forward planning is well in progress with several sets of ends wood being made up. 2 for 4772 and 2 for 34929

There was also a shunt to switch the bogies round to get another pair in for overhaul. Although as always the first job was to open up the axleboxes to check the axle numbers.

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