Sunday, 15 December 2019

mid-week workings

At the moment the blog is as far as possible an update on a vehicle by vehicle basis rather than a strict time line. 

The first pictures are from Thursday where the interior team of Alan, Tony and Nigel (Pat has broken his leg and we wish him a speedy recovery) fitted the last o the new ceiling panels

and Bob followed on painting.

However the day before on Wednesday The door team, here Craig working on door 2. When hung it almost shuts. The door liner needs a bit more shaved off  yet. 

Paul was fitting the veneered panel to one o the double doors.

On 4772 Bryan was itting the end loor beam and the chequer plate floor plate for the gangway connection.

a lot of the floor panelling is reusable but its all got a new coat of protective bitumastic paint before fitting.

Gerry on the prep work and preparing the supporting wood work

It all goes in here somehow!

The finishing work continued all around Richard Hoy on the end section

Rod on lining out

Phil was working on the restoration of some more heater bars after we found some leaking one on the main rake last week.

Rex was doing the same on another work bench.

Ken and Bryan are also working on making some new corner brackets or the sliding windows we need some restored one or 16221 which has some missing.

Having taken a safari down the yard to extract some sheets of ply from a storage vehicle they were soon being cut to make new seat side wall sections.

while with the new rolls of moquette that arrived on Wednesday stored on the racks John was back to making up new seat covers.

Relaxed at his work Richard from the maintenance team was taking advantage of the warm and dry environment o the workshop to install the electrical charging system on 34929

We had a visit from the loco department with a sign for the new loco department facilities. Some sensitive restoration is required

As they were with us I handed over one of the new de-fib unit that have kindly been donated. The other is to be installed around C&W

Friday, 13 December 2019


With the winter shut down approaching we are deep in prep for the busy period of our year.

The bogies returned from wheel turning were soon the subject of axle box overhauls and wheelset swaps.

Some times its the small things that make a difference. A handy little mod to our mobile vacuum pump. A pair of support brackets for transporting the connection hose. 

 We need to get 4772 out of the works as soon as possible to make space for the winter work so there are several things rather overlapping to get things through faster than usual So a big thanks to everyone for the efforts being made. The south end Gangway connection being prepared by Ken.

while John Squires sorted out a new section of pipe for the vacuum release pipe at the end of the carriage.

in place and ready to painting

A bit more sanding first

Despite all the end work continuing Alex was able to focus on some lining out.

The Shark is ready to outshop but Paul still found some finishing touches to apply.

It soon got to be hot work so Hat and coat off.

in 34929 the panelling, and there is a lot of it is progressing 

Lining out over for the day and Alex got to paint another bucket

Its actually quite tricky if your not careful the taper and curvature of the buckets makes the writing turn up at the ends. No problem for Alex though.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Tuesday and Wednesday

With my wife out for lunch on Tuesday and the garden fence being replaced on Thursday. It was a good week to to do a Tuesday at C&W.

Tueday is still a quiet day at the works with mainly painters in attendance. Well there are very few others to make any dust. Phil Jones and Richard Hoy were working on the Malvern side of 4772 respectively painting the south end section with under coat and the top brown line with a second top coat.


having a coat of one colour, I suspect almost any colour, does let you see more clearly where further filling and sanding is needed. So quite a lot then.

The Cotswold side is very close to finished again just the south end to go.

By Wednesday Rod was able to remove the tape the lower black line having been painted.

while Ainsley, late in the day got the first top coat applied to that southern Malvern corner.

With the sun low in the sky David has found a very pleasant spot to do the seat head rests for 34929

The sun does stream in to the upholstery shop in the afternoon. as Dave and in the background John Hill continue the seemingly never end line of seats for restoration.

Rex and John Hamer took a trip to Toddington to investigate a steam leak in the NYM carriage on the main rake. Having effective way to test the heating before a carriage goes into service we try and do a test as soon the carriage is put into the rake. This time that was thwarted by the rain causing the cancellation of the first race train for the November Cheltenham meet. 

We had no reports from the Saturday run and nothing until a vague report of a carriage being filled with steam on the fist Santa train. This was not all that helpful as there are 2 heaters to each  compartment (total 16 heaters) so which one or more are leaking. By the time we had found out and could investigate the 2 compartments affected were saturated. The heaters have been removed and pipes blanked while we sort the heaters out back at Winchcombe.

While we should be able to refit the heaters on Thursday the compartments seats are not going to be dry by the week-end.

Here Rex is stripping the end plates from one of the heaters. The seal clearly blown.

Another of those background jobs the twice yearly inspection of the lifting gear.

and just for variety today Foremarke Hall arrived to be loaded onto a transporter for a trip to Tyseley. The loading road at Toddington is currently blocked by scaffolding.

Last Saturday Steve made some more progress with the disabled access to the salon by starting the installation of the runners for the double doors.

Derek has almost completed the corridor floor for 16221

while Bob Mac has undercoated one side of the roof.

Sorry about the picture quality. I seem to have got some grease on the lens.

In the Background

As a department the work we do is largely in the background with the only the resulting vehicles being on show and in use. However, some of the work is even further hidden and never seen by the public nor many of the volunteers. 

Such is the paperwork!  Ainsley is making great progress in setting up the computer stored documentation for the department. The promise of warmth in the departments office may just be the attraction. The difference in temperature between there and the barn is is I suspect at time around 20 deg C.

Another area of the works that tends to be warmer is the upholstery shop where progress on seating is frequently out of step with where the carriage rebuilds are. This does give them the opportunity to do rolling replacements of seating in the carriages where the moquette is well worn. 

There is a noticeable difference in the repair and replacement requirements of the seating to the carriages as a whole. Its all about the 'passenger miles' rather than the 'carriage miles'. Or in basic terms bums on seats wearing them out. We are seeing a noticable increase in the need for all internal maintenance with the increase in passenger numbers.

David has very much become master of the side panels and head rests

While Dave strips and prepares the base units

before they pass on to John Jenny and Currently poorly Penny, get well soon  Penny.

Tony one of our 'senior members' gets through a lot of parts painting on the painttables. In the foregrouns a new set of rail plates to bribges over the wheel flange trenches in the workshop floor when moving trolleys and hoists.

with finishing touches to the end repairs on 4772 being made

rebuilding the floors in starting. while we have to strip the ends down for crash pillar repairs its the reflooring and panelling afterwards that takes the time. 

Panelling and doors continue to be the main focus of work on 34929 at present. Colin fitting a window frame in. This area of the carriage originall had thick placking being part of the brake and goods area of the carriage. So adjustments are having to be made to accomadate the rather finer veneeered panels that will be installed.

 The Shark now has its new roof which has been painted and is just about reasdy for out shopping. Just a bit of trimming round the edges left to do.

In the barn Derek is relaying the floor along the corridor of CK16221.

while the vertical strip of steel that backs the gangway connection woods it replaced. along with window corners and crash pillars its another of the areas guaranteed to rust on a Mk1.

 The door team continue to focus on the double doors for 34929's disabled access. Trevor working on one side with Paul doing the other.

In an attempt to make it easier to enter the carriage via the double doors we are fitting internal grab handles. These will be backed by these, soon to be hidden, steel plates and bolted to them. A solid mount point.

On Saturday Eddie and Steve sorted some ceiling sections for the Thursday gang to fit. The 'post room' trolleys are proving to be incredibly useful. carrying doors sheet panels and numerous other things they are easy to manoeuvre round the works.

After several coats of varnish over the last week the glass has been fitted to the partition door.

Another coat of paint for the floor plates. 

and the ceiling in the entrance vestibule of 34929

On Thursday Alan and Tony grabbed the floor space in the salon area of 34929 to trim and prep the ceiling panels. The cut outs round the light fittings etc.

Before starting to fit them.

Joining them, and the railway for the first time was Nigel Eavers.  He was soon getting into the action desaling with the trim strip round the panelling. 

We will let Nigel keep his nice new overalls clean for a little while before he getting to close to this lot. The Dirty Gang. Here removing the broken spring from 9000. The top leaf is broken in the the central shackle. A new top leaft will be needed when John takes it away for repairs.

Revelling in the protection of the barn Richard from the maintenance teram sorts out a circuit fo rthe guards trackside light. We have installed a delay switch that leavs the light on for 5 minutes allowing the Guard to alight from the carriage after dark and still see where they are going and putting their feet

The shunt started ok but the weather didn't hold up they curtailed the moves for the day.