Sunday, 31 May 2020

Actual Work at C&W

YES REALLY!

All be it not in the works and only 2 of us in attendance. Richard Budd from the maintenance team and me. 

The job which had to have board level approval and a full risk assessment was to check and maintain some of the older batteries that are still in use. We new the fluid levels were low so Richard set about checking them while strayed at the social distance 'supervising'. Actually my presence was to prevent lone working which is not allowed.



I am so glad the phone has a zoom capability for the camera. The levels were checked and topped up the SG checked on the fluid along voltage. Richard finally plugged in the charging cables and we checked all the carriages were charging. Neil will be unplugging them again on Monday. (Thanks Neil).



Its a bit trickier doing some of the tests on the platform side of carriages. Still we now know the batteries are ok. 



Another angle on the jobs to be done once we can return.

Carriage cleaning. The spiders have been having a great time. This web spreads 18" across the platform as well as along the carriage side.


and another 


This sunny weather is a very nice except for the roof of every carriage. The expansion and contraction loosens the older paint and it comes of in big flakes. However, it still leaves enough to make a lot of work cleaning it up for a repaint.



Fortunately we don't have to polish the rails.



Dave clearly has a new hobby 'Gate Leaning' he claims he was on a walk but this is the second one of him gate leaning. He is doing three walks a week now, all in the local area of course. This one was near Waterlane, looking towards Througham Slad. Ah the joy British place names. 


On one of the walks he came across a huge specimen of Dryads Saddle (polyporous squamosis) - one of his hobbies is fungi.


Dave and Lynne Hewitt have been organising another staycation (well Lynne has).  A replacement for the original Cotswold vineyard tour followed by wine tasting.  The tour was cancelled but they still managed some virtual wine tasting at home.  

Dave said 'I think we were just meant to sample the four bottles, not drink them all!'

Lynne's organised a virtual Barry Manilow concert on DVD in lieu of the cancelled one in Birmingham, a stroll to the Hewitt Arms (the newly completed bar see a previous blog)  and another virtual DVD concert  in lieu of the cancelled Petshop Boys. 

That's another week of lockdown boxed off!

There is another exiting C&W project planned for Tuesday!





Sunday, 24 May 2020

Good News

Some good news even if it is as old as the last time we did any work in C&W
 
On 2nd of March Phil Jones and Julie had a Civil Partnership Ceremony formalising their relationship
 
Congratulations to them both
 
where is the picture? there must be a picture!
 
 
Rod has been sorting through his photos
 
 
 
anything to put off sorting the shed.
 
 
Dave Clark is clearly well recovered now with the garden immaculate
 


and still time for a walk.



Phil Jones wrote
'Aside from routine garden maintenance, you will be pleased to hear I am keeping my painting skills sharp by setting about the exterior of our house.  Trouble is, at first floor level I do feel a bit naked without the reassurance of the harness and safety wire when working at that height, so I save my ladder days when the breeze is a little more gentle.' One of the items on the lists of jobs to do - get the mansafe cables recertified before we can us them.


Jane is missing the railway. We spent Saturday afternoon trawling through the loft to find the train set and lay a little bit out in the lounge 



Dave Hewitt has taken a week off fence painting and made these planters.  They just need planting up - not my department!

 

Lynne bought this video a couple of weeks ago but says it doesn't work.  She says she's watched it every day without fail but she's still fat!

 

If your 'exercise' routine also isn't working except for one arm lifting glasses you should have developed the skills for 'Bolero' No not on ice on glasses. If you haven't perfected it yet at least you have an excuse to empty another bottle!

but you do have to avoid
 
*Goutbreak*

The sudden fear that you’ve consumed so much wine, cheese, home-made cake and Easter chocolate in lockdown that your ankles are swelling up like a medieval king’s.




Sunday, 17 May 2020

Backward looking

After forward thinking is inevitable that we do a little backward looking. Nostalgia! Not to the days of doing work but to carriages that used to be on the railway.

Richard was about to move house when the shutdown came. So all the puzzles were obviously packed away. Having been Head of Department for around 19 years he has spent lockdown thinking back to all the carriages that have spent time at the railway. The list is long.

GWR
169 Autotrailer Private owning group. Purchased 1981. Sold 2000. Now being rebuilt at WSR
333 Hawksworth  Full Brake.  Private owner. Sold to GWS Didcot 2013
9635 Collett Centenary 1st Dining Car Was owned by Dowty Preservation Society. On GWSR 1983 Sold to GWS Didcot 1988
2232 Hawksworth BTK Private owning group. Used as P/Way Mess Coach. Sold to GWS Didcot 2013
2370 BTK- Converted to Toolvan ADW 309 Owned by GW Steam Loco Group. Moved 1989 to Llangollen.
2447 TK - Toplight. Owned by GW Steam Locomotive Group. Moved 1988 - now at Llandindrod Wells.
3898 TK -  Toplight Purchased by GWSR 1981. Sold to Swindon & Cricklade railway 2006
3917 TK -  Toplight Owned by GW Steam Locomotive Group. Moved 1988 to Llangollen Railway
3963 TK -  Toplight Owned by GW Steam Locomotive Group. Moved 1988 to Llangollen Railway
5500 Collett Brake 3rd Privately owned. Derelict condition. Moved to Wishaw 2018
5539 Collett Brake 3rd Privately owned. Derelict condition. Moved to Wishaw 2019
80970 Hawksworth Inspection Saloon Purchased privately from NRM. On GWSR 2008 and sent to GCR 2013
LMS
1535 TK - Period 111 Privately owned. Poor overall condition. Moved to Vale of Berkeley railway 2016
16696 TO - Period 111 Privately owned. Poor overall condition. Moved to Long Marston 2012
31244 BG  Privately owned. Moved to KESR 2014
32990 Stove R - Six wheeled Brake Privately owned. Removed to Vale of Berkeley Railway in 2016
45048 Inspection Saloon Private owning group. Acquired 1983 Restored at Winchcombe. Sold 2013 to SVR
Mk 1
1811 RMB 2009 - Swapped for ADB 975075 & a pair of c/w bogies at GCR(N)
1946 RU Private owner. GWSR 1992 - stripped internally. Sold to CVR 2005. Now scrapped
1972 RBr Former upholstery coach. Sold to KESR at Northiam 2013 for holiday accomodation.
3045 FO Ex E/E. Private Owner. Named Valerie. Sold 2015 to Crewe LNWR Heritage
3091 FO Ex E/E. Private owner. Named Marguerite. Sold 2015 to Crewe LNWR Heritage
3093 FO Part of Glasgow Test Train. No. ADB 977594. Windows plated. Sold Carnforth 2007
3727 SO Sold 2010 - Long Marston. Now at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway - Restored
4331 TSO - Kitchen for E/E 2014 - Private owner - Sold to Strathspey Railway and now refurbished.
4440 TSO 2017 - Sold privately. Now at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway being refurbished
5038 TSO On GWSR 2002 - 2004 - Stripped for spares, and sent for scrap.
5054 TSO - Bar car for E/E Private owner. 2015 sold to Crewe LNWR Heritage
13089 FK Owned by P&O Group. Sold to private owner 2011 - now at Great Malvern.
14023 BFK Private owner. - 2009 transferred to GCR(N) on 10 year hire agreement.
15096 CK Acquired from GCR 1995. Stripped and scrapped at Winchcombe by 1999.
15849 CK Private owner. Transferred to Long Marston 2008. Now at EVR and restored.
15989 CK Part of Doncaster Test Train. Acquired 1983. Private owner. Sent for scrap 2009.
16166 CK Private owner. Used in filming of 'The Royal' 2007 and then scrapped.
21187 BCK Owned by G.W. Loco Group. Left 1989 - now at Northampton & Lamport Rly.
21275 BCK Private owner.  Balfour Beatty livery. To KESR 2017.
24421 SK Private owner. Sold 2004 and moved away. Now at GCR and restored.
24778 SK Private owner. Sold 2004 and moved away. Now at GCR - Unrestored.
24918 SK Private owner - sold 2008 - now at Ecclesbourne Valley railway  restored
25020 SK First operational coach on GWSR. Sold 2012 to Aln Valley railway - restored
25631 SK Sold 2002 - Now at Mid-Norfolk railway unrestored
34548 BSK Private owner. Used in filming of 'The Royal' 2007 and then scrapped.
34676 BSK Sold 2011  - Now at strathspey Railway.
35201 BSK - Generator Vehicle for E/E Private owner. Sold 2014 to Strathspey Railway - Now restored.
46116 Suburban B Sold 2007 - Now at Llangollen Railway stored OOU.
80212 Courier van Private owner. Was originally BSK 35307. Sold to Carnforth 2012.
80797 BG  Arrived from Tintern 2009. Stripped for spares and scrapped 2011.
80401 POT Private owner. Sold 2011 to TPO Group at GCR.
80411 POT Private owner. Converted from BSK 35003. Moved to Vale of Berkeley Railway 2016
80432 PO Stowage van Private owner. Converted from SK 25071. Moved to Vale of Berkeley railway 2017
80433 PO Stowage van. Part of E/E train. Private owner. Converted from SK 25150. Sold to Strathspey Railway 2014
80434 PO Stowage van Private owner. Converted from Sk 25119. Moved to Vale of Berkeley Railway 2016
92199 BG  Private owner. Was BG 81614. Severe wheel flats. Scrapped 2012.
92933 BG  Originally BG 81123. Used for storage by Diesel group. Sold to ELR 2012.
92990 BG  Was BG 81305. Used for storage by Diesel group. Sold -Yorkshire Wolds Rly 2013
99202 Bullion Van - Part of E/E train. Private owner. Was originally BSK 35000. Sold to Strathspey Railway 2012.
ADB 975076 - Auto Trailer Converted 1971 from BSK 34500. Sold to WSR 2017
Mk 2
13438 FK Private owner. Arrived on railway 1990. Sold and removed 2004. Now scrapped.
13442 FK Private owner. Arrived on railway 1990. Sold and removed 2004. Now scrapped.
19454 SK (Downgraded FK) Private owner. Downgraded from FK 13454. Sold 2004 and now scrapped.
19464 SK (Downgraded FK) Private owner. Downgraded from FK 13464. Sold 2003 and now scrapped.
Mk 3
10518 Sleeping Car - Mk 3a Private owner. Purchased 1994. Sold to Dartmoor Railway 2003. c/w bogies.
DMU
51134 Class 116 DMBS Privately owned. Arrived 1995. To Swansea Vale Rly 2003. Now scrapped
51147 Class 116 DMS Privately owned. Arrived 1995. To Swansea Vale Rly 2003. Now scrapped
51950 Class 108 DMBS Privately owned. Arrived 1992. Sold to Telford Steam Railway 2012.
52062 Class 108 DMCL Privately owned. Arrived 1992. Sold to Telford Steam Railway 2012.
6300 ex-Class 101 DTCL 56356
Private owner. Converted to Observation saloon - Hebridean. Sold 2013 to GCR(N)

Dave Hancox has come up with a couple of  adjustments

Another Mk2 belonging Alan & Tracy Lear, was BSO9410. This arrived in 1991 and I think this went with all the others. 
The other is BSK 35006, which was owned by the late Brian Hinkley. This also arrived in 1991. 
It moved to Long Marston in February 1998, where it was restored. 
It was sold to Mid Norfolk in 2011 and they sold it to Ecclesbourne Valley in 2016. 
By a strange twist of fate, this meant that it rejoined SO 3727, CK 15849 and SK 24918, which had been under restoration at Long Marston, when we were forced to move the vehicles as the site owners required the area we occupied.

Anyone else know otherwise?

By the way in case you have forgotten what a carriage looks like this is one we were working on earlier. 4772



Hopefully by the time we return to the works it will have magically moved to the jack road and been replaced by a carriage from the maroon rake.



Of course we are still looking forward if only on paper at present with both the HRA and the ORR issue 'guidance' notes on restarting


the list of things to do before we can start up again in the works grows ever longer,

It basically read 
recertify everything
recertify everybody
Social distancing or adequate PPE
I think I may have solved the last one 

from an original design in 1898 Somehow the Michelin brothers, AndrΓ© and Edouard, thought having a mascot for their tire company would be a good idea. An even better idea, they figured, would be to model him after a stack of — you guessed it — tyres. 
However, it apparently never occurred to the siblings, that the original Michelin Man looked a little like a mummy. The rubbery man was initially drawn holding a goblet of nails and glass, exclaiming in Latin: "Nunc est bibendum!" (Now is the time to drink!) they were well ahead of their time, to accompany the slogan "Michelin Tyres Swallow All Obstacles." 

Social distancing isn't an issue for some they have their PPE sorted already

The Meerkats gather in a family group in my garden.



while the granddaughter (now 14) shared the pool with the little unicorn


rather than the large one!



 The pool Is warmer than the lake at the bottom of the garden but the lake does provide a very nice area to socially distance with a glass of wine.


My wife doesn't understand the word relax - this is the surplus stock of plants loaded for the trip to the daughters house (now known as the allotment) where we offload the surplus every year.



Whereas Cheryl clearly does relax. She has stocked up with more cider!

Not on the  *Furlough Merlot* then.

Wine consumed in an attempt to relieve the frustration of not working.
Also known as “bored-eaux” or “cabernet tedium”.

Was this one weeks shop or two Cheryl?





The AA phone number is 0300 123 1110 
and no I don't know it off by heart I had to look it up.


Revised passenger facilities for the carriages - perhaps we should leave the seats out
and just put some tape on the floor! I know Alex will want paint the spacing marks and arrows for a one way system. we might just get 4 people in.



and social distancing for train crews from Signalman as operated on the Llangothlan 

Leave you token here



Collect the next token here





We finally got 'around to it' the third jigsaw. 


*Coronadose*
An overdose of bad news from consuming too much media during a time of crisis. Can result in a panicdemic.

*The elephant in the Zoom*
The glaring issue during a videoconferencing call that nobody feels able to mention. E.g. one participant has dramatically put on weight, suddenly sprouted terrible facial hair or has a worryingly messy house visible in the background.

Finally greetingMax and Jenny Fish in Australia and Paul in Cornwall. Its always good to hear from those further a field 





Sunday, 10 May 2020

Forward Thinking

Most of us are looking forward to the day we can get out and about again and hopefully return to the railway.

With all the hints flying around about getting the construction industry moving again, not that they seem to have stopped around Cirencester where 2 sites seem to had remarkable progress doing nothing, we se the resumption of some work at Gotherington. We know they want 4 weeks work before we run trains past the slip site. 

One key issue for us is equipment certification. Fortunately the lift equipment survey is scheduled and able to go ahead in early June. we will still have to sort out the mansafe cables and the welding equipment.

Then there is social distancing there are solution around. This one from a Singapore school.



or we could each operate under our own sun umbrella. Paul has obtained the first essential of C&W a new one for train watching. The old one got destroyed in the gales late last year. Yes they did happen and this was the result.



Paul has given the new one a test run.



while tending the veggie patch


and the seedlings



Ken is ever on the look out for opportunities and whilst we are not 'working' in the normal sense of the word, when a donation of materials comes along, in this case, used roofing lathe, it would be foolhardy not to collect same.


The longer lengths, which are eminently reusable, have been 'bundled' and placed in dry storage for later use in tiling the roof of the former Usk weighbridge hut


At this rate, such use might come a lot, lot, later. C'mon chaps. Door and window openings should be in place by now. Put some steel tube on the wheelbarrow handles to make them longer -

"Socially Distanced" mortar delivery?

The residue, is only useful as firewood. Well, that went to................... the 'firewood store' at Toddington.  Where else?



'Unloading' was less strenuous than putting it on the vehicle.
πŸ‘


Destined for lighting fires in the Steam Locos, when they next run. Whenever that might be.
It just needs some kind person, as part of their 'Daily Exercise', to sort and stack the 'discharge'.

Distanced 'Pick-up sticks' anyone?"


A few more Corona Virus definitions

*Coronials*
As opposed to millennials, this refers to the future generation of babies conceived or born during coronavirus quarantine. They might also become known as “Generation C” or, more spookily, “Children of the Quarn”.

*Furlough Merlot*
Wine consumed in an attempt to relieve the frustration of not working. Also known as “bored-eaux” or “cabernet tedium”.

*Coronadose*
An overdose of bad news from consuming too much media during a time of crisis. Can result in a panicdemic.

*The elephant in the Zoom*
The glaring issue during a videoconferencing call that nobody feels able to mention. E.g. one participant has dramatically put on weight, suddenly sprouted terrible facial hair or has a worryingly messy house visible in the background.

We may have missed the war in the Cotswold week-end but my younger daughter  who sings with the Musical Theatre Group dressed up for their Tuesday Zoom gathering on the the VE Day  theme


 For all those celebrating birthdays 



but remember