Thurs 20th / Fri 21st - And Friday too!
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Busy or what! With so much to do, occasionally some overtime is needed, especially when it enables exclusive access to areas that are otherwise very busy, and RBr 1675 is certainly that with some jobs impossible, Painting falls very much into this category. However, firstly to answer more questions from recent comments. Anonymous    June 19, 2024 at 10:26 PM Dave Perhaps I should have been more clear on my comment regarding screw heads, as I realised when I read your response, the screws were expected to be both tight and in line. It was some 60 plus years when I was an apprenti ..read more
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Tues 18th / Weds 19th - Concentration
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Apologies for no Saturday posting. Alex was guard on Rake 3, which was running as it was our Beer Festival and there was a three rake timetable.  As for me, just too busy! ******************** Firstly in response to two comments from last Tuesday's post: - AnonymousJune 13, 2024 at 11:22 PM That moquette looks beautiful, I remember when it was used by BR. It should look magnificent when finished. I trust that all the screws are lining up with the grain on 1675. That was a bone of contention with the quality inspectors Best wisjes Malcolm in Canada I do know that lining up the screw hea ..read more
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Monday 17th - Full House!
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 And an all time record of 17 for Carriage Cleaning.  Here I caught Roger C, Kath, Nick and Val in "Mary". Many hands certainly make light work so we were finished by just after 12:00. On my way back checking the train was locked up I took this photo - standing in the shade as it was a very rare warm and sunny day! The trains were swapped platforms today so the outside team were able to do the Cotswold side of rake 1 and the Malvern side of rake 2 - it was 4 weeks since they could do that. Hopefully our visitors can now see out of the windows on those sides. The rest of the team ..read more
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Weds 12th/Thurs 13th - It's all looking good
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1w ago
Bet we have had that title before! Two more busy days,  but not so many in with holidays beginning to take effect. As with last week, many thanks to Gerry for all the photos on Wednesday. ************** Wednesday Beginning the day with Simon who is now well into the internal rebuild of the north vestibule on FK 13326. At the south end Chris refits the end section of gutter on the Cotswold side, while Ken has been doing a great job with all the wood supports for the corridor connection now in place ............. ........... and is now at the north end of the Workshop where he is cleanin ..read more
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Tuesday 11th - Concentrated effort
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Today's efforts could be called a concentrated blitz after Ian's mini meetings to try and speed up the work on 1675. Almost everyone in was busy both inside and outside the coach and a lot of progress was made. Beginning with Robert and Chris installing the oak ply panels inside the saloon. Robert carefully trimming where needed. Doing the same where the panel is to be fitted. It's looking good. On the opposite side Dave is fitting the hinged oak pelmets. [Photo : Robert]  Respectively, the Malvern and Cotswold sides of the saloon at the end of the day. [Photo : Robert] Besides ..read more
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Monday 10 - Where is Everyone?
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1w ago
 Holidays and illness strike, so just 8 today. Greg, Kath, Lynn, Nigel, Paul, Peter, Rich and self. And Rich came before setting off for a holiday later in the day. Dedication! With John away Lynn had volunteered (she did, honest!) for toilet duty. Here she is just emerging having cleaned this one - and still smiling! Rich was Ghostbuster in rake 1 and I did the same in rake 2. After that I helped Paul and Peter on washing, as that team was very short today. Everyone else was inside. The rakes did need a bit of tidying today. Do we sell crumbly biscuits....? And it's always good to vie ..read more
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Saturday 8th - A historic moment
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1w ago
Wow, what a busy day and one that was very notable. Firstly in answer to a comment at the end of the previous post. I'm very pleased to see that you seem to have finally 'turned the corner' with the rebuild of 1675 after all the trials and tribulations with the doors! I look forward to being able to ride in it once it is in service. I presume, that before it enters revenue-earning service, it will be given a 'dry run' or two to check that everything is up to the C&W Department's high standards, with the volunteers used as 'guinea pigs' to check that the bacon baps are up to standard. A Pet ..read more
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Weds 6th / Thurs 7th - Even the birds are busy!
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2w ago
Another double day with all the usual activities. Many thanks to Gerry for all of Wednesday's photos and for three on Thursday. ********** Wednesday Apologies for some of the scant explanations, but not having taken these photos I have had to surmise some of what is taking place. Beginning Wednesday with Laura and her wonderful bag making. Last Saturday she was busy making more spectacle cases. Both products are her idea and these are now beginning to sell, earning yet more much needed funds for the Railway. Plenty of patterns from which to choose. They are beautifully made. Jenny arrives w ..read more
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Tuesday 4th - A few different jobs
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2w ago
While we continue to progress RBr 1675, FK 13326, SO (eventually FO) 4798 and the MICA van, a number of different jobs are appearing. This actually provides a break from the long running projects, though pressure to get on with those soon means we are back on them. An interesting job for C&W is to varnish a set of mahogany gauge mounting disks destined for 3850, 2874 and "Dinmore Manor". Pam carefully adds another coat of varnish to the set. We have been requested to put on at least three coats. Chris prepares new planks for a seat at Hayles Halt ..read more
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Monday 3rd - Bucket and Spade Time
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2w ago
 Carriage Cleaning for 11 of us, but 35006 P & O is off to the Swanage Gala for this weekends Bullied event. Tender first! Today's team was Greg, Lynn, Nick, Nigel, Paul, Peter, Rich, Roger C, Steve, Val and self. All the usual tasks carried out - trains not bad at all after the gala. Steve, Peter and Paul cleaning the Cotswold side of rake 2, rake 1 Malvern side already done. The carriages do look good inside. The garden team do an excellent job. A peony is not in flower for long but what a show when it does ..read more
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