Friday, 31 January 2020

Rapid turn rounds

The rapid turn round of carriages continues with the Royal Mail carriage leaving the works. The Discovery carriage replaced it. 

An inspection of the roof found that it was largely in good order with a coupe of spots where the driving rain could get in A clean up[ and application of a flexible paint with another coat over the top of that should keep the weather out. The end plate was given a quick clean and repaint while the roof work proceeded

No time for a coat of varnish so out came the polish to brighten up the dull brown.

On the adjacent jack road after the stream leak has been fixed along with the vacuum cylinder the body was lowered and the brake rigging reconnect ready for shunting out. While the carriage was waiting to be shunted Stu got in with a clean out of some flacking body filler and paint. then new filler under coat and top coat. All very quick but good preventative work in the time available.

4772 has not been forgotten amid the winter work The corridor connections are back on both ends and finishing off painting is under way.

These panel still need to be fitted in the toilets but they are painted ready for fitting.

On Wednesday Geoff was fitting the Malvern side panels. Here the insulation is going im.

 Colin was doing the same on the Cotswold side.

One of the panels was only primed so on Thursday Richard was on with the undercoat.

Phil was doing top coat on another panel.

Jenny and below Penny were doing remedial upholstery work on seats along the Maroon set.

while David was making some new side panels for another carriage that is under going a fast refresh. All this work keeps the cariages going and looking good until they reach their turn for a full restore some time in the future.

Skirting boards for 34929 are lined up for base painting. 

while at the north end the door 1 entrance gets a little adjustment.

Internally Bob is almost finished painting all the compartment ceilings. 

 The CK although outside is not forgotten with Derek working on the floor panels for the corridor.

Richard in the final stages of making the draw for the vac cylinder bench.

The rotation carriages as we went through the week with Discovery carriage shunted out and the main rake RBr brought in.The Communication cord mechanism has been reported as stiff so the first job was to free it up John hamer soon had it in hand.

 Internally the floor in front of the sinks has become very springy and needs stegthening.

The picture is somewhat confussing you are looking verticall down through the floor where 2 new support structs have been inserted and painted with red oxide.

we decided to do the same fix by the other sink again an ariel view with the floor removed and awaiting the new support bars. However, it was to late in the day to weld and the cross member we wanted to attach to is little more that rust. So it will need repairs first.

A new wood panel has alreadty been prepared ready to go back in.

While we are waiting on that there may be time for a little patch repair on the Malvern side although the carriage will almost certainly end up in the yard by Saturday. as 1876 nwhich has also come in for a steam leak check will be swapped to the through barn road for roof checks under the hire wire safety cable.

The jack road should be getting the discovery carriage back in for a wheelset swap.

Now are you keeping up with which carriage is were? No - join the club!

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Spruce up season

Its not just the carriages that are having a spruce up. James (left) spent several years with us starting in the youth group before joining C&W and training with us as a welder. He remained with us while taking training into employment and becoming a very well qualified welder. Last autumn he joined HMS Raleigh. 

Everything is happening which is not really surprising for C&W in the closed season.

There may not be a carriage to paint as such but there does seem to be a mass of parts needing attention.

Grills from a carriage into the yard that Dave Hancox is working on. A door from the toilet of 4772.In the background sections from the LNWR van and to the right table legs.

 Flooring panels from the CK 16221 being worked on beside the workshops.

A sliding Door from 4772 and beyond panelling for the same cut trimmed and now painted ready for fitting.

 The ceiling of 34929 is now almost complete

 Phil reconnected the electrical leads on the 4772 south end.

while Bryan Rob and Jerry installed the gangway U section.

The interior team are working there way along the corridor of 34929 with backing batons to fix the panelling to.

Alan trims the next section of insulation.

On the shutdown maintenance front the RMB from the Maroon rake is getting a new auto fill boiler.

Due to the connections required it has to move position from right to left of the sinks. Some extra insulation will be needed and the sink needs strengthening.

So out the sink come and Dennis Brown stripped it down for new plumbing a the same time.

Dennis Richards and Paul are working there way through the Maroon rake dealing with some issues and referring other for attention/ The gutters get a clean. The rake will have to be moved to the other platform to do the other side.

Carriages are in and out of the barn in rapid rotation. This one had a steam leak. The bad section of pipe, which was over the bogie, has already been removed while further along John Hamer strips the vacuum cylinder piston and sealing collar. The collar was so worn it could slide down the piston un aided. So not much of a seal then! Fortunately a new supply of seals arrived the same morning and one was installed. 

Thank heaven for our vacuum test pump and test showed that a better action and we have left it to see how long it stays on the old one leaked off in minutes. It should be more like days.

John Squires made a new section of pipe that was also fitted do 2 issues dealt with in the day the carriage back on its bogies brakes reconnected and ready to go when we can organise a shunt,

Another cylinder under test on the vac cylinder rig also under going a test after another new seal was installed.

John Osborn remaking a window droplight carrier.  While we have a good collection of spares this particular one is of a type we are short off.

Panelling repairs to the LNWR van is well advanced with Paul inside and Richard looking on.

a couple of patch repairs

The upholstery team are continuing the rolling program of seat refurbishments.

Another job on 34929 Chris starting work on the door 1 wood pillar 

Pam returned to the department after her season as the Snowman at Toddington for Santa.

After the barn extension last year we had some sheeting sections left over, We are measuring them up 

and Pam is cutting them into suitable lengths to replace the plastic cladding along the side of the original barn side.

This week also saw us strip the seating from 24929 ready some contract work next week and Dave was back in the paintshop for the first time since his health scare.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

3 combs 2 tickets and 50P

During the mwinter shutdown there is a lot of attention given to the operational carriages. This requires a lot of seats to lifted. There were carriages getting the attention today one with all seats out the other with just one section of the open carriage. The net haul; of thins found under the seats amounted to

as the title suggests 2 Tickets 3 plastic combs all black (and not with dirt) 2x20p and 1x10p coins
an inhaler 5 crayons of various colours and a biro.

The emergency repair to door 6 from 3132 is complete with Trevor and Paul refitting the window and scissors mechanism. Late on we got the panelling bacvk onb as well so the door is rerady to be rehung on the carriage. 

The panelling in the toilets of 4772 in the paint shop is being refitted.

and the gangway connection screwed in place with the U section having been inserted. 

Rex and Bryan were busy with that I can never remember but something like 45 screws into the wood and a similar number of bolts fastening it to the rubber section. 

Bryan with the section ready for the other end NOT AGAIN! Yep. Ken got the woods all on ready.

Varnishing and painting were in full swing in 34929 Des and Dave on varnish with Bod Keyte doiung the ceilings in the 4 compartments.

Another not so little job on the side for Nick. well he had nothing else to do!

A new signal post for S&T. The art is to get the base plate on square to the post from all angles and attach the support fillets to keep it that way. Welded and painted all in the day. 

Another advantage of the roller shutters on the barn. It wouldn't have been possible outside. There was far to much wind to keep the gas shield round the weld.

We just have to wait and see how well it stands up now.