Tuesday, 25 February 2020


Suffering with a large bout of sneezes - a stinky cold! So a couple of days doing very little after a very hectic week.

4772 is getting much closer to completion. On Wednesday Geoff was cutting an upstand for the floor edging in the toilets.

and fitting it

ready for Thursday when Bob and Pete Webb arrived to screed the floor in both the south and north end vestibules

they also did the new saloon area of 34929

they returned on Saturday to fit the Marnolium to 4772 and will be back hopefully next week to do the same to 34929. That is dependant on the selected Marnolium arriving.

4772 can now have the toilets refitted at the south end and the sliding doors at the north end.

On Wedneday working on 34929 Craig was fitting a door liner. Saturday Chris was in doing the same to another door!

Derek has started sorting flooring boards for the north end toilet 

Wednesday and more wood panelling work for David. By the end of th day there was quite a pile glued and clamped

Ainsley painting at the south end of 34929. The painters currently with only small bits to do are making some good progress with the prep for this carriage.

On Thursday Tony and Alan sorted this set of strip panels for 34929 

they were sanded 

and with Bob around they were soon varnished 

The new footboards were also painted.

Nigel and Brian are working on rebuilding some slider for the windows. we have lots of bit and a shortage of complete one available.

Phil refurbishing taps. He had to make his own washers they just don't come it this size anymore.

Its not an official departmental standard but Richard Hoy and Phil Brown just happen to match up.

A delivery just! getting the old phone box in the side entrance to the barn was quite a feat by Steve. There simply isn't any turning space in this area.

Rob set about stripping the old paint off. Sorting the method isn't so easy that paint sure sticks on in some places.

Another deliver this a batch of new steelwork collected by Nick and |Ken from the South Devon. we will needs much of this to the RBr restore that's just about to start.

An alignment issue is revealed by this brake block with a distinct lip on the right hand edge.
New blocks required and an adjustment to the washer positioning when mounting it.

Jenny, here, and Penny spent much of Saturday refitting the seats in 24949

a couple of seats were sent to the upholstery shop for recovering

and the week contained yet more carriage moves. The timing wasn't wonderful as the rain was particularly heavy as this move took place.

Friday, 14 February 2020


Not exactly chess but at times it can seem like it. With the wheelset work on 5023 completed it was ready for a shack down and checks while the shunter was running and it was a fine day the opportunity was taken to extract the Syphon wagon from the siding next to the yard side of the works as its wanted at Toddington by the 2807 group who own the van. The RBr 1675 was moved closer to the works ready for further work before the full scale rebuild starts on it. 

Work on the RMB 1876 is just about complete after some more patch repairs and painting on the sides

the roof being cleaned up and repainted.

and the hole in the roof repaired. It does still need this last little bit painted. then job done.

with the shunting going on a few rarely vehicles sites were more visible.

unfortunately not always from the best angle as the sun is always in the wrong place for pictures when walking round the yard.

work on 4772 is drawing close to completion with the toilets just about ready for flooring, we have it scheduled for the end of next week. then the actual fittings can go back in

one little mod an updated round the edge to create a wet room effect it was done by BR in the past but isn't always there now when we come to overhauling the carriages

and the north end vestibule painting is well advanced

The floor repairs in the RBr1672 have been completed

 Some more lengths of skirting board are also being prepared.

Richard has completed the draw for the vacuum cylinder bench. Here Ian is starting to fill it with the seals and rings for cylinder overhauls. Previously we had them stored in the office at the other end of the building. not exactly convenient!

Welcome to David Deacon (the 16th David in the department?) who joined the woodwork team last week gets stuck into making door panels.

Ed was starting work on the trim edges for the new saloon area seat ends in 34929. He is making new ones for the area to match up with the light oak panelling we have fitted.

The heading pipes have now been fitted both sides so we are ready for the flooring to go in. Work on that is starting next week.

Trevor recessing the locking handle back plate for one for one of the double doors to 34929.

While Dave progressed more seat side trim panels in the upholstery shop. Some of the team were, with much assistance from others around the department, refitting the seats in 24949. 

Still a way to go but a lot of seat backs and basses have been transferred from storage back into the carriage. They just need fitting!

Monday, 10 February 2020

The Swan

The department can at times resemble a swan in the way things work. On the surface all is smooth and controlled ,at present that's the Wagon section of the department..

Richard and Paul got the Cotswold side doors refitted on Saturday.

However, you don't have to look far to find the under the surface there is a lot of rapid paddling going on to apparently stand still. The carriage - work where there is a lot of activity squeezed into the short closed season to keep the operational fleet up together and fit to run.

Sections of skirting painted ready to fit

And Tony doing some finer lettering highlighting on a makers plate.

On Wednesday Dave and Dave were making repairs to the paintwork on 24929. Fortunately it was a dry and sunny, though not warm, day.

It was finished off with the lining out by Dave and Ainsley on Saturday.

Russ repainted the counter in the Maroon RMB.

while on Saturday Den fitted the new water boiler.

before moving on to working on the C&C RBr. During the week the welders with various assistance rebuild the floor structure and refitted the floor .The lino still needs to be sorted.

In the workshop Den was also working on a modification to the water boiler to take create a double take off point.

Back to Wednesday and Tony having a little walk round to see what was going on stopped to talk with John while he prepared a wheelset for a swap with one under 5023.

5023 was shunted in on Thursday  and the wheelset was swapped by the two Andy's with some assistance from Ken. The swap was completed and the body lowered but the brake rigging still needs reconnecting.

More work on the Maroon RMB. a small window for a little skirt line repair work while the roof was been patch painted. It still awaits the roof repair next Wednesday.

In 34929 the heat insulation has been put into the saloon.

while John Squires cleaned and painted the heating pipes

One dried in time to put moved back ready for fitting.

Work on 4772 in still progressing with the fitting out of the toilets by Colin (Cotswold side)

and Geoff (Malvern side)

followed on by Rod with a paint brush

Steve completed the panelling at the other end

just the sliding doors to be fitted now

Another area of apparent calm until I asked for the seats to be refitted in 24949

Pam back with us after an absence with a shoulder injury. So back to practicing the welding skills again with John tutorledge . Ready for active service soon.