Sunday, 9 August 2020

what is it?

 Oh yes its a train!

However, That was Saturday and earlier in the week, actually way back to Tuesday the painters were getting close to completing the spruce up of carriages for the second restart rake.
a spot of lining out still to do.

In the paintshop work on 1808 is at a more basic level. sorting out the cracked paintwork.

and having removed the damaged door pillar on Wednesday the new one was put in place on Wednesday.

all painted in red oxide.

a slight alignment adjustment! 
Next weeks job return the square hole created when we cut out the rust back to a circle round the water tank boss. Must remember to check that breather pipe hole alignment before we go to far.

With the woodwork machines all service last week the team were back in on Wednesday. The first job for Ed was to rout the corridor end wood for Ken.

Then it was cut some new door liners for the door team.

Rex cutting a section of replacement metal for 1808

while Bryan was cleaning up radiator grills for 34929

When the carriage came in we were aware of a reported roof leak. After Bob removed the fan and its mount from this hole an area of the mount was found that appears never to have been sealed. Steve has now started  rebuilding the water damaged section of the ceiling.

On the exterior the painting team have continued with the clean up of 1808

Steve also cut the wood sections for the vestibule floor support in 17221. Derek is now setting about the final fitting.

A section of pipework from 4772. repaired and ready to be refitted.

The upholstery team are now back on their favourite job of TSO seat seat rebuilding with Chainlink moquette.

Yep another new roll now in position and ready to go. Fortunately we had it in stock before the shutdown ready for this job.

As so the return trip from Cheltenham. Looks so much better the right way round.

Then some more axle box back seal replacements for the dirty gang.

Oh and did I mention there was a train running backwards

and forwards. Not just C&W spectators we were joined by members of the PWay gang.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Getting into the swing

As the railway slowly comes back to life various departents are returning to work. C&W being a somewhat diverse collection of skills are returning in stages.

The he upholstery team were back in Wednesday. The first job was to finish of the seat back that was left half completed before the shut down. 

then decide on what to do next. The carriage they were focused on is being pressed into service on the restart trains. So they have switched back to another carriage they were part way through doing a seat upgrade on.

So extract the the set of tired seats

and seat ends

cut out a set of new seat covering sections

Oh and collect the generous donation tucked away down the side of the seats. Another £4.82 to departmental funds.

Sadly not enough to pay for the servicing of the woodwork machines. They has all now had their delayed overhaul.

Also back are some of the engineering squad. 

starting on the must do repairs to 1808. This door frame section needs complete replacement.

along with the roof corners at the south end.

This is the Malvern side before repairs.

Thursday the door team restarted working on Door panels

and assessing where we are up to with door liners and lock mounts.

The painters who have been back for a while working out side are making great progress on tidying up the carriages selected for the restart rakes. Many coming from the third rake have rather tired paintwork. So as many as we can arer having a spruce up.

The 2 Richards have been replacing a faulty charging system and in the process upgrading it to the latest configuration we use.

The not quite so 'Dirty' Gang have started work on the bogies from 4772. having given them a through steam clean last week. 

Socially distanced one on each side.

The new mess room facility. we just need a train service now.

On Saturday the Upholstery team were back and in full swing on the open carriage seats.

Chris was sorted out the final issue with a door on 13337 on the restart rake. 

a major step forward was the refitting of the water tank in the north end of 34929. 

I found and started cleaning up the last 2 radiator covers needed for the new saloon area at ther south end of 34929.

and the patching and tidying continued outside.

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Getting Ready

Getting ready is something going on on all fronts at the railway. In C&W there are 2 main fronts. Identifying what there is ready for people to do and preparing the restart rakes.

On the wagon front we have 3 jobs now lined up The LN&WR van we a paint job on last year has actual decided drop some planks. They looked ok but rotten mounts points were not evident at the time. So these 2 new sections have been cut and are now getting painted.

 There are 2 P'Way wagon that also has door issues to have sorted. I am just hoping we have the right wood in store. This wagon from the P'Way train has, some long time ago, had the door bottoms  replaced.

However, that repair has now produced the effect of a cat flap. Novel but as the door now has 2 parts and each part is hung by one hinge we need to do some more repairs,

With no catering vehicles required for the restart rakes we have decided to bring one of them, RMB 1808, into the paintshop for a fast overhaul and repaint. Bob started checking out the roof before anyone else comes back. its best to get the roof done first.

He identified some roof repairs we can't avoid. The scaffold towers were soon in position.

So is this where the waters getting in ? Probably!

The art for this carriage is to the make repairs without welding. I don't want to strip all the inside out and have to rebuild it all again. we have plenty of that to do on other carriages in the works.

So Nick is fabricating an end section to be riveted on 

We knew this door has been out of use for a long time. so an inspection was made.

Err it just came off in my hand Guv!  Its actually in such a bad state that a new door is unquestionably required. 

That door pillar is going to need replacing as well.

Phil came in to check out where he had got to with finishing 4772 now on the jack road in the barn having been transferred from the paintshop. The end door was missing a lock but Phil located one serviced it and fitted it.

The next job for 4772 is a the replacement of the cork seals in the back of the axle boxes. So shunt was organised to fetch some accommodation bogies out fit them 

have taken the bogie ride measurements first!

Then remove the carriage and bring the original bogies

back into the barn ready for an overhaul to start next week.

Chris came into sort out where we are with door liners on 34929. 

and fitted one to door 1.

On the restart rakes Dave along with several of the painters have been doing a great job of tidying up a number of the less used carriages that have now been promoted to front line running.

and when the rain stopped play outside, well what do you expect there is a test match on, they took shelter and did some prep work on RMB 1808 

and somewhere in all of that a socially distanced tea break was taken. Its not the same tho' no trains to watch Well except when we did the shunt.