Thurs 20th / Fri 21st - And Friday too!

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.

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 apprentice in the Carriage Works (I was really a loco works "Priv" but we were expected to do 1 year in the Carriage works), I seem to remember that not all screws were slotted in the same orientation, so by dint of judicious tightening and swapping screws a good straight line was achieved, bits of fag packets and even ends of match sticks were sometimes called into play. The art was to leave an obvious one for QA to spot if there was a marginal one next to it. BTW we were allowed 10 minutes to hang a door and get it working correctly. I won't go into the somewhat savage tricks used to persuade a door to adopt the right position.
Best wishes

Malcolm in Canada

Hi Malcolm,

I did know what you meant. I don't think Derrick ever forced the vertical orientation of the screw heads because that is why Paul was forever tightening them up. It became a joke when Derrick put them back vertically, only for Paul to tighten them yet again. I can't remember who "won" in the end, but it did give us all a laugh.  

I forgot to check whether we do line the heads up, but I think it unlikely.

Crikey, 10 minutes to hang a door and get it working! If only we could do that.


I've been wondering about the moquettes. Were there first class moquettes and second class moquettes, or moquettes that were only used in compartments or only used in open/tourist coaches? Also, do you try to use moquettes that the coach had during its service life in the way that the loco teams normally paint the locos into liveries that were carried by that particular engine?

Yes, there were moquettes for different classes, but I wouldn't have thought ones specific to compartments or open coaches. Does anyone know?

Our moquettes are simply allocated to coaches by choice, not for any historical reason. For example our choice of the Snapdragon moquette for the upgrade of SO 4798 to a GWSR First Class coach is simply because we like it and wish to have a moquette that is unique to the Railway, in the same way that the moquette used in FO 3132 "Mary" is unique.



First in today, so kettle on, water boiler on, make a cuppa, and top up the tea caddy. 

Walking into Upholstery to see these lovely displays of seat sides covered with Snapdragon moquette. I'm not sure whether these were laid out for me to photograph, or for another of the formal tours that was taking place on Wednesday afternoon.

2807 hauls the first train of the day.

We need to get some top coat on the new planks for the seat at Hayles Halt, so Jeff takes this on and does a good job.

In the Barn the work to make the lovely BCK 21272 operational continues. Richard I continues the upgrades to the electrical system.

The clean up of the luggage compartment and guards corridor continues, with Bob K. adding sealant to the ceiling beading ............................

................... while Bob S. vacs the grill, which is covered in dust. Various ledges will also need this, followed by a wipe down with thinners to remove the last bits of grime. Overall the recent undercoating by Dave H. has really improved the whole appearance of the area.

On the way back to the Paintshop, a quick check to see Derek's repair work from inside Monster Van "600".

Phil works on a connection door mechanism for probably FK 13326.

A problem with this quarter door meant that some more work is needed. Gerry cleans up around the three hinges.

Earlier in the day both Bobs undercoated a lot of the Malvern side of 1675.

Some minor alterations had been done on the front of the calor gas boxes. Bob tidies up the internal paintwork.

Also on the Cotswold side, Gerry removes the temporary fittings from this kitchen window and replaces them with full rubber seals.

In the small electrical room the 240 volt main control and distribution panel, that Richard II was building a few weeks ago, is now in its final location. Richard is wiring up the various circuits. This room still has to be painted throughout.

Jeff has a more straightforward job, continuing the preparation and undercoating in the counter and closet area.

Ian and Roger installed more of the covers for the saloon radiatiors.


Saturday afternoon the plan is to clean up inside in preparation for the laying of the marmoleum. on Tuesday.



There were four of us in as well as Stu, our Workshop Manager who attends Wednesday - Saturday.

It was a lovely warm day, ideal for the Gold Fire & Drive event, the members of which had a 20 minute tour of C&W. 2807 was the loco used - an excellent choice.

My reason for attending was as described at the beginning, a chance to complete the filling and sanding, and begin undercoating in 1675's corridor.

Tomorrow, work will be going on here with more ceiling panels installed and threshold strips being put down.

The north end sliding door, also cleaned up and ready for painting, though it will likely spend its time fully open and thus out of sight.

Alex and Maurice discuss the latest load of planking for the MICA van.

Fully primed and ready for undercoating.

The initial set of planks now top coated and ready for fitting.

Maurice's final job of the day, undercoating the south end headstock.

We enjoyed today. Another overtime one will be planned soon.

Tues 18th / Weds 19th - Concentration

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: -

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 heads used to be a requirement, but if I have to be honest, I don't think our's will be. However I will see what is happening on 1675. Years ago one of our Door Team would faithfully line up the screw heads on door back panels, only to find that somebody would later tighten them up. So he put them back as they were, only to find ..........  etc, etc. 


Hi, I'm curious. What is a pelmet?

The definition of a pelmet is:

A narrow band of cloth or wood, fitted across the top of a door or window to conceal the curtain fittings. 

Our oak pelmets in 1675's saloon are hinged so as to allow easy access when fitting or removing the curtains.



Tuesday's efforts were concentrated on RBr 1675 and the MICA van.

Beginning with the latter.

Lots of banging tempted me to see what was happening on the MICA van. I think Alex was removing internal planking.

Maurice was cleaning up the south headstock ........

............ while Paul was doing the same at the other end.

Returning later to find the Red Oxide going on the south end.

Planks have appeared from the wood container. No doubt they will be joining the planks on the trestles in the Workshop which are being primed and undercoated prior to recladding the van.

Alex was having a battle removing the nut from under the footstep. Not really surprising as, according to my signwriting on the sole bar, it was 2010 when the van was last refurbished.

Paul applies the Dark Grey undercoat.

On now to 1675 with Chris and Robert preparing a panel for the corridor section.

Roger was tidying up the edges of the Cotswold side emergency door.

Pam was back in the servery, and once again lying down as this is the most comfortable way of painting the counter shelves.

Richard was tidying up the liners in the Cotswold side kitchen doorway.

Ian was back on sole bar glossing. The intention is to get the step boards installed, which will help with general access while we are still working on the coach.

Returning to Richard who is now applying the Light Grey base coat to the door frame.

Chris and Robert are now test fitting the section of panel in the corridor.

The counter shelves looking very much better, especially with a second undercoat to remove that horrible orange. The aluminium base section will have a coat of Silver Hammerite.

Pam having a rest after a good job done. Time to give the back shelving a second undercoat.

Richard very carefully paints the very narrow strip between the Whitroc panelling and the rubber draught excluder.

Robert finishes the area around the servery door entrance, applying beading along the edges of the panels. Pam can then get all this primed and undercoated. The whole servery area will then be top coated in the Executive Light Grey.

Alex was busy with another station notice board.
Many thanks again to Gerry for taking Wednesday's photos, and as he sent them to me while I was writing up Tuesday, then why not make it a double day's post. So this really is, as the saying goes, "hot off the press"!

Wednesday's post begins with Ken continuing the rebuild of the south end of FK 13326.

Enjoying the sun while working on one of the corridor connection metal straps.

One of the large seat backs has now been covered in the new Snapdragon moquette, destined for SO 4798.

Laura carefully trims the moquette around one of the templates for a headrest/sidepad?
The moquette is then secured with the staple gun. 

John cuts the foam around another plyboard template.

Bob has rejoined the Painting Team as we are currently short staffed. 1675's calor gas boxes look as though they are complete following a slight modification, so a chance to catch up with painting these.

While interior painting isn't easy at the moment, at least some of the exterior of 1675 can be done. Bob black glosses the south end of the coach ...................

................ while David adds undercoat Brown to the Malvern side gutter section.

Simon installing the first section of ceiling at the south end of the corridor.

Back in the Woodwork shop another section is being marked out for cutting.

Other members of the Woodwork team were also busy in the corridor with Colin building more window frame.

More oak panelling being installed.

Still more attention by Geoff and Ben on the Cotswold side emergency door entrance.

Alex was back in and working on the station notice board. I forgot to ask him on Tuesday where this was destined. Doing a great job though.