Saturday, 21 March 2020

then nothing .... almost

With the sudden change in government policy the Railway has stopped running trains. One week-end and the race trains then nothing.

we except for the odd goods train delivering supplies to the team working on the land slip at Gotherington. That repair is still continuing, so when we do get to run again maybe it will be all repaired.

As is the background work of those willing to turn up for the non operational departments like C&W.

The works are big enough that we can maintain social separation while still providing some social interaction. Some physical exercise and fresh air especially if we leave the barn roller shutters open!

Numbers are naturally way down as many of our team are well into the at risk category. However, there are those who can't stand staying cooped up indoors and need to get out.

So Wednesday saw a group of 8 sign in. 2 to collect some wood to work on at home. Yes we really do have homeworkers even in C&W. for the rest of us it was almost which workshop do you want you can have it all to your self a new variation of lone working for us.

Steve has started installing the seat frames for the the sdaloon area of 34929. I suspect this was Saturday but I missed it.

Ken now has the woods set out for both north and south ends of CK16221

and the RBr's old Kitchen units have been removed 

as has the dividing wall between kitchen and staff quarters the opened out area will enable use of therstaff area which wasn't used so constituted a waste of space for us.

The old fridge unit has also been loosened ready for removal.

David had the upholstery shop to himself and continued making new seat side panels

some end blocks got a coat of paint they help position the buffer locking collar when its not in use.

Social isolation was maintained with a tabl;e each.

Jeff and Phil found some finishing off bits to do on 4772.

while Richard Budd made a new alarm system for the RBr batteries. when they power out put from the batteries drops to a certain level it will trigger an alarm prompting the staff to start up the generator amongst other things.

and Chez was with us in spirit having left her hat behind last time she was in.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Back to normal - not quite!

With the winter closedown over there is till a lot of maintenance jobs to get done and they will form a rolling program throughout the summer. Mainly meaning a series of shortish visits to the barn while the normal restoration programme continues in the rest of the works.

34929 New seat ends are being made in a light oak finish to continue that themes for the disable access area of the carriage.

Colin fitted the interior gangway door and the locks to the outer sliding door.

Richard is working on the panelling f one of the doors.

while Trevor and Craig fitted the Malvern side guards door. Always a great relief when we have had to rebuild the entire door pillar.

Geoff cut and prepped the second length of skirting for the corridor.

There was a 3 man team stripping old paint from the phone box.

Another group set about dismantelling the kitchen area of the RBr 1675

These sinks were out by the end of Wednesday.

Yep they are out along with a lot of other stuff!

They revealled what we fearted, and rather knew would be the case, large holes in the steel floor supports. Conclusions removal everything and a complete new floor

Ah tranquillity and calm as long as large needles don't spook you. John and Jenny sewing another set back. the needle around 8 inches long passing backward and forwards between them through the seat. Dave keeping out of the way.

While David was preparing more side panels and arm rests. All of this the complete the seat replacements in 24929. Another rolling replacement of seats.

last Thursday work on 34929's interior was in full swing with of the cleaning up the corridor hand rails

and window trims

Happy punters of the Cheltenham

 and at lunch time the locos back in Toddington running round ready  for the return trip later in the day to collect them.

Steve was fitting the sliding doors mounts in 34929 before we refit the water tank

More rqce prep as the Third rake is made ready for Fridays run from Broadway for the Gold Cup Day

Ken fitted new woods to the south end of CK 16221 ready for the gangway connector to be refitted.

He was later checking out the position for the north end woods.

On Saturday Chris was fitting a door liner for door 1 of 34929

and Bob cleaned up the roof opening ready for the water tank to be refitted. Once in place we put a  plate round the tanks filler boss and over the hole

John Squires prepared the over size plate allowing some manoeuvring to position it.

Fitting out the new saloon area in light oak means we will also have to make new seat ends to match Ed and David have started and clamped the first newly veneers seat end while the glue hardens

Some work really has started on RBr 1675 with the old kitchen range being removed.

It was back to normal but events have overtaken us. This is not the end. We may not be running trains but there is still some activity more very soon.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Ready to go - then?

Well Just about ready that is. There was still the generator to service for the RBr.

and to re-install and test. along with the final shunting of the third rake into the correct order.

The shunt had to be completed in between the trains on the first day of service.

Then what's next?

well there is still 4772 to complete. Steve fitted the sliding doors in the north end.

The toilet doors goy another coat paint.

while Phil started re-ftting the sinks

and the toilets

on 34929 George painted up one of the doors in undercoat grey having spent  time sanding and filling it.

The sliding door to the new saloon area had a final fit and adjustments the locks still need to go on.

A new section of skirting board has been made for the corridor

And the lower section of the barn wall has been upgraded from plastic sheeting to crinkly tin and painted. The metal sheeting was some left over from another job that we have now put to good use. It improves the security and the draft proofing of the barn.

Who said we had stopped improvising solutions to holes. The old tin can trick still has its place although we no longer use it to fill holes in the bodywork of carriages.

A carriage passing through the works for a quick fix also got an upgrade to the water tank filler pipe. A hole was found with just tape covering it but the hole was in a place that would require a lot more time than was available to fix properly. So a tin can patch was cut and new tape, we spared no expense,  was wrapped round it. It doesn't notice and will hold rather better until we can have a more serious look at it maybe next winter.... or the one after that.

A final touch of paint to the war week-end ban which is now waiting an opportunity to be shunted out.

what will take its place well one suggestion is this the small tank loaded on a vacuum braked conflat wagon. Amoung other things we need to check the length of the wagon to see if it fits the space avalable.

Alex found an end door to paint. Hopefully 4772 will be outshopped soon and a proper paint job will be available........ a whole carriage!

The grab handles are our own design following comments from a member of the department about the difficulties of using the disabled access entrances on foot.  We have fitting them to 34929 on the Malvern side. There are some for the Cotswold side but they just aren't fitted yet. These are reachable from outside the carriage to assist entrance as well as steadying on descent from the carriage. They are actually mounted onto steel plates welded to the body side structure not the wood panelling.

What else lays ahead well we need to start on the RBr 1675 to replace RBr 1672 which is currently in service.

An initial sortie and some basic bits of work started Last Saturday

There is

a long 


 to go!