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As has now become traditional the GVCG vehicle in the shed is removed about this time of year to allow work to be done on the railway’s MK1 fleet.
This month saw the last few jobs carried out on the roof of GWR No 216 which included the painting and sealing of the roof before it was extracted
It was replaced by BR SK No 24825.It is to receive a cosmetic repaint and repairs to some window surrounds.It was last painted in 2003,the photo shows it in use during December 2009 and it is scheduled to be back in service in June 2010.
Work started on the bodysides.This included removing any rust spots with a wire brush and painting exposed metalwork with red oxide primer.This spots were then filled and sanded flat then the whole area painted with brush filler to fill in any imperfections.
Some of the window sills had rusted to a point where they could not be repaired without replacing the metalwork. The glazing and internal wooden window frames were removed.
Pre-cut and pressed steelpanels were acquired and married up to the original bodywork before cutting and welding into place.What do you expect from a 55 year old body?
The next stage was to use the orbital sander to flatten the white brush filler.The idea is that the high spots (red) are then exposed as the brush filler is removed.The remaining white brush filler illustrates where the hollows are and can have more filler paint applied. The next stage will be to apply the undercoat.
One of the new window sills has been welded in place and body filler applied to cover over the joint and welding.The filler is then sanded flat and painted.The next stage will be to put back the glazing with new sealer.
Unlike most preserved MK1s this vehicle was never built or fitted with the improved design of aluminium window frames.It is therefore with some satisfaction that we can keep the vehicle in its original condition even though it will need some additional maintenance.
Much of one side of the coach is now in undercoat with thoughts turning towards the finishing coat.The photograph shows an original Network South East liveried door being flattened and its hinges cleaned of old paint and dust before being painted.
The other side requires four window sills cut out and replaced with new metalwork before progress can be made up to the undercoat level. Work on one end has involved removing the water tank filler pipe before the rusted panel behind it could be cut out.This revealed the steel framework which was treated with metal primer shown in the photograph before new metal plates were inserted and welded in place.
While some of the window frames are being replaced there is a chance to clean thoroughly the glazing before its reinserted,sitting down on the job again lads?
While work on the coach body is ongoing the door locks have been removed. These have been dismantled to their component parts,cleaned,gauged,measured and where not compliant with the recommended tolerances have been replaced or renovated before the mechanism has been reassembled.
Compare the photo of the door with the same one in last month’s report. It it’s now in gloss finish and awaiting the overhauled and checked door locks to be refitted.
Other work ongoing is the replacement of the steel panels below four windows. This requires the glazing to be removed, the rusted metal sheets cut out, the steel frame cleaned and painted before new steel panels are inserted and welded in place.
This side of the coach is in various stages from that above to undercoat. The other side is half completed to gloss with lining and transfers to follow. Hopefully by the time of the next report appears the vehicle will be back in service.
Ex British Railways MK1 SK 24825 was removed from the shed late last month. Although it was given its gloss finish, lining lettering and varnish have still to be done hopefully by the end of July.The vehicle returned to traffic on the 30th May as booked after a four month overhaul.
Its place was taken up by DMU No 51317. This requires a metal panels and guttering replaced with some touch up of the paintwork. Although not strictly GVCG news it just shows how flexible we are and how the experience we gained repainting the MK1 carriages are now being transferred to others.This vehicle will over the next few weeks be turned out as “Tren y Cwm” or for those who don’t speak the language of heaven “Valley Lines” with little red dragons!.
TVR 220/GWR 3846
After a long while its nice to report some significant work done to this vehicle.Over the last few weeks as part of the preparation for our Annual Work Week at the end of July nearly one end and both sides have had all the paint burnt off and sanded to bare wood.That’s one advantage of working outside the shed!.The wood has been primered and will allow further painting of the body with undercoats and filler on entry into the shed in early July.The aim is to have the body repainted in GWR livery by October 2010
Although no work has been done on this vehicles since November 2009 it will also take its place in the shed with 3846 until December 2010. The aim with this vehicles is also to have the body externally painted lined,lettered and varnished by October. Other work we will be doing this summer is fitting the upholstered seat backs and lights to complete the work inside the compartments. Externally we have to fit the door handles,grab handles,make and fit more beading,fit end grab handles,complete assembly of the alarm chain mechanism and the other 1000 smaller jobs.
DMU No 51317
having received its new side panel and the window reinserted has now been extracted from the shed.Exterior cosmetic resoration will continue as well as internal fitting out .
TVR 220/GWR 3846
After a long while its nice to report some signifiacnt work done to this vehicle.Over the last few weeks as part of the preparation for our Annual Work Week at the end of July one end and both sides have had all the paint burnt off and sanded to bare wood.The wood has been primered and will allow further painting of the body with undercoats and filler .The aim is to have the body repainted in GWR livery by October 2010.One door has been removed and is now being repaired and painted.More filler and undercoats were put on last weekend,so from now on its filler,sand,paint,filler,sand,paint – get the picture?.Some rotten wood (softwood and plywood has been removed from the guard’s duckets and after the body framework has dried out replacement wood will be inserted.
Although no work has been done on this vehicles since November 2009 it has also taken its place in the shed with 3846 until December 2010. The aim with this vehicles is also to have the body externally painted lined,lettered and varnished by October. Other work we will be doing this summer is fitting the upholstered seat backs and lights to complete the work inside the compartments. Externally we have to fit the door handles,grab handles,make and fit more beading,fit end grab handles,complete assembly of the alarm chain mechanism and the other 1000 smaller jobs.
Anyone interested in helping on the two vintage carriages during our
Work Week 17th to 25th July are all welcome.
Please make arrangements via 07957 431231
For our fifth annual Work Week at the end of July we set about repainting
Taff Vale Railway coach No 220 in the GWR livery it was carrying.
Although the vehicle had had a quick repaint five years ago this time round all the paintwork was taken back to bare wood and a better quality job aimed for. We also had the time to effect repairs and replace rotten or damaged woodwork.
We aimed to remove all eight doors so that they could be repaired easier on the bench,so far six have given up but two remain stuborn!.
The softwood gutters had rotted in some places where water had been trapped in by layers of plastic tarpaulin and have or are being removed.
The original paraffin burning sidelamps above the guard’s duckets (lookouts) were removed for refurbishment and are still in remarkably good condition having been made of brass.
Work Week was a daily routine of filler,sand,paint,filler,sand,paint to bring the external surfaces up to a smooth finish ready for the final paint layers. Although the undercoat is currently a maroon/pink
be assured it is only a “build up” layer.
These two contrasting views shows the side lamp in place before work had started.This involved removing the lamp.plastic tarpaulin,rotten wood boarding,guttering and beading.
These two photos show how a coat of paint can cover up so many imperfections.
Another before and after shot of the ducket showing progress
At the end of the week the coach looked like this.
Some of the gang who turned up during Work Week (they all seem to be enjoying it!)
Dave Clear from Crymlyn, (he can sand filler for Wales)
Paul Hinson,(telephone engineer,he’s still looking for one in this coach)
Tom Spain (front) and Matt Bowen
(Tom – a Southern man – getting much pleasure out of removing the last vestages of the GWR)
James Gambe (our scumbler, will have to wait a while but the luggage area beckons)
Rob James (he first restored the coach when he was 11 years old)
With little work has been done over the last fortnight due to Day out with Thomas (and thanks to all carriage restorers for giving up this time for the good of the railway).
First photo shows the remaining bit of the mouled gutter.This had been held in by steel screws and were after twenty years giving up the fight (steel screws verses oak,oak wins).Quite a bit of the softwood gutter had also rotted.New gutters will be made this time out of hardwood and fitted with brass screws.
All the door frames have received much attention and are now ready for gloss paint,most of the cream panels have has a few coats of undercoat and will be glossed before the weather turns nasty.The window frames are being given several coats of undercoat to ensure that there is no chance of water getting in any cracks
Work of the duckets continues and again will be heading for a coat of gloss black soon.
With winter approaching a concentrated effort has seen one sode painted into gloss,lines and varnished.Unfortunately the damp weather precluded the otherside from being lined and varnished,this will have to wait for warmer weather next year.
The south end also was painted black gloss and varnished
Work will now concentrate on cleaning up the solebars,headstocks and underframe to be painted red oxide primer,grey undercoat and black gloss.
Small item work continues with the doors,handles,side lamps etc
The GVCG has been donated two ex Taff Vale Railway carriages.They are six compartment composites having been built by Brown Marshall’s of Birmingham in 1883.They are currently in store in Worcestershire being cosmetically removated. The thinking is that they can be initially utilised for Gwili Railway use as opposed to restoration to passenger service.
Since the last report we have started on the work of dismantling,cleaning and painting the brake trunions,rods and linkages of Taff Vale 220.The opportunity is also being taken to clean and grease those other unpainted areas.With some of the mechanism removed it is now easier to get at the underframe and a start has been made on removing rust and flaking paint and preparing it for repainting.
With much of the work on the body now complete our attention has also been diverted away.Two areas which will receive attention over the winter months will be the guard’s van and the eight doors.The guard’s van requires some wood planking replacement,rebuilding the two ducket seats and graining of all vertical surfaces.
The doors are 120 years old and will survive this repair.Evidently some have had some repairs in the past and can only take so much before they become unoperable.Apart from taking off all the original paint other work will require the removal of the droplights,interior paneling with their subsequent revarnishing and graining.Door locks also will require dismantling and respringing.
As part of the overhaul of the underframe of the Taff Vale coachhere we see the dismanled parts of the vaccum brake cylinder. after cleaning up they have had a coat of metal primer.