Friday, 17 July 2020

Taking the long view

When lockdown came there was already a list of maintenance jobs that needed doing. Now with the restart in sight and the requirements for the running rakes clarified several items from the list need sorting out fairly quickly as they are one carriages selected for operations.

24949 has had 2 leaking roof issue recently. So Bob Mac took a look and found that patches previously put on to replace air vent cowls had themselves rusted badly. So with assistance from Nick  new patches were cut and Bob fitted them to the roof. Gppd job it was a nice blue sky.

Russ started on some rubbing down and filler

Alex replaced another patch of old filler 

and with Dave started on a pre painting rub down

A little home work by Alex. It kept his hand in while lockdown at home.

BCK 21092 which will become the brake carriage for the second restart rake has broken window to be replaced. Some work was started on it back before the races but as the job couldn't be completed it was 'put back together'. I started stripping it down and Yesturday Alan and Tony coame in to carry on. The bottom rail that secures the glass in position has 17 fixing screws. Only 3 came out the rest had broke.. The inevitable result of mixed metals. So they have had to be drilled out and I gather the process of drilling and re-tapping the holes has started.

Coffee break out doors - No mess room.

Back to work to get the new glass in place and secured. The rest of the trimming will be completed next week.

Working on the first restart rake Richard I and Richard II. They look after the Batteries and electrical changing systems for the carriages in operation. They checked out the rake and did a load test. Its ready to run. 

The paint team have had been able to take advantage of the dry weather to do some smarting up of the carriages that will form the 2 restart rakes.

Richard Hoy repainted almost all the steps on the rake, a very big improvement as most were very worn-looking. (the following pictures thanks to Dave Clark)

The brief was to 

Tidy up and make the carriages presentable. However, whatever you do it has to be finished in the day because the carriages might move tomorrow.

As it is we made arrangements for the first rake not to move up to Toddington until next Monday. Them the cleaning team can have a go. It allowed the maintenance team to come along and do the fit to run exam on the rake.

Perfectly spaced out with the various stages of preparation well underway.

Undercoating over half done. The pesky filler somewhat stands out.

The main effort is to fill the nasty holes sand undercoat and top coat the Brown lower panel. Having that look good makes the most difference. Bob Keyte well on the way to completing the full length brown panel on the Malvern side of FK 13329.

Rod Wells working on the Cotswold side of the FK

Bob Keyte completing the top coating on the left end of SK 25743. Richard Hoy had done the right hand end.

It doesn't look bad if you take the long view. Picture taken from Salter Hill thanks to Nick Evert

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