The heating system motor housing is being checked. The filter (slot on the left) is being cleaned, whilst the operation of the fan (right hand door) is checked for the correct speed.
The paintwork on all vehicles is being cleaned up. The paint on 5228 has been cut back using a compound and then waxed.
Apologies for the quality of the next two pictures, taken by Steve. They show Colin Frost and friends who came for the weekend to take the Christmas decorations down, after completing this they turned their hand to cleaning 5228. Many thanks to them for their efforts.
The results of their efforts is a very shiny coach ready for another season.
This window had fogged and has been replaced.
Just prior to being outshopped 5228 was found to have a faulty brake cylinder. To allow this to be removed easily the coach was lifted slightly on the jacks to give a better clearance.
The linkage where the cylinder was removed from.
The faulty cylinder on the lift trolley
Another angle with the replacement cylinders lined up behind.
Looking very smart when finally outshopped.
The next in for treatment was BR mark 1 TSO 5060. This coach is probably the worst of the service set, as far as the exterior paintwork is concerned.
This door pillar is looking very poor.
After treatment by Richard it is looking better in red oxide primer. The hole near the top is a mystery, it is perfectly round, possibly drilled but for what purpose? It has been dealt with by tapping a thread into it and a roofing bolt inserted.
The roof has been standing out like a sore thumb for some time so we are attempting to paint it.
Steve applying the paint.
Half way, this is the roof in its first coat
When measuring the buffer heights, the north end was found to be one and a half inches low. The coach was turned to make bogie removal easier, however when lifted the bogie went up with the coach. All fixings had been removed but it still would not separate until Bill swung on the steps and it came free with a loud bang as it returned to the rails.
The bogie about to be released.
Whilst the bogie is out we have decided to change one of the axles. One had a tyre thickness of 38mm whilst the other had 34mm which is 1mm under the minimum thickness. The replacement pictured here measures 37mm and whilst a better match is also within the minimum measurement. Jack pictured is cleaning the old grease from the bearings.
The replacement axle.
Bill removing the horn plates.
The centre casting that stuck, presumed to have been greased in the past. As these commonwealth bogies have Ferodo liners in the centre, only the pin should be greased.
5228 also had a suspect automatic brake adjuster, the faulty one has been removed and pictured here.
The slave bogie is in action again whilst the bogie receives attention.
Inside Joyce has been busy cleaning up the bulkhead panels.
Chipping away at the rust on the base.
Jack and Bill trying to work out how to renew the window felt on a door runner.