Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Getting into the swing

As the railway slowly comes back to life various departents are returning to work. C&W being a somewhat diverse collection of skills are returning in stages.

The he upholstery team were back in Wednesday. The first job was to finish of the seat back that was left half completed before the shut down. 

then decide on what to do next. The carriage they were focused on is being pressed into service on the restart trains. So they have switched back to another carriage they were part way through doing a seat upgrade on.

So extract the the set of tired seats

and seat ends

cut out a set of new seat covering sections

Oh and collect the generous donation tucked away down the side of the seats. Another £4.82 to departmental funds.

Sadly not enough to pay for the servicing of the woodwork machines. They has all now had their delayed overhaul.

Also back are some of the engineering squad. 

starting on the must do repairs to 1808. This door frame section needs complete replacement.

along with the roof corners at the south end.

This is the Malvern side before repairs.

Thursday the door team restarted working on Door panels

and assessing where we are up to with door liners and lock mounts.

The painters who have been back for a while working out side are making great progress on tidying up the carriages selected for the restart rakes. Many coming from the third rake have rather tired paintwork. So as many as we can arer having a spruce up.

The 2 Richards have been replacing a faulty charging system and in the process upgrading it to the latest configuration we use.

The not quite so 'Dirty' Gang have started work on the bogies from 4772. having given them a through steam clean last week. 

Socially distanced one on each side.

The new mess room facility. we just need a train service now.

On Saturday the Upholstery team were back and in full swing on the open carriage seats.

Chris was sorted out the final issue with a door on 13337 on the restart rake. 

a major step forward was the refitting of the water tank in the north end of 34929. 

I found and started cleaning up the last 2 radiator covers needed for the new saloon area at ther south end of 34929.

and the patching and tidying continued outside.


St Blazey 1925 said...

Excellent progress. I cannot find another railway preservation company that can come anywhere near you guys for putting carriages and waggons back together again. Roll on the funds for inside cover to help keep the weather from ruining your hard and wonderful efforts.
Regards, Paul.

Paul & Marion Sucksmith said...

As with Paul above, your hard work needs to be preserved with the carriages being kept indoors. Hopefuly that will happen soon! Now as for the money found behind the seats, I am sure that the two pence piece and one of the five pence pieces were dropped by St Blazey last time he visited!!!(LOL!)
Seriously though keep up the good work, great to see the blog active again. Stay safe and hope to see you all soon.
Paul & Marion