Friday 16 May 2014

A variety of tasks but some progress

BR Mark 2 BFK 17101 has progressed but still throws up surprises
Another compartment has had to have plate work carried out on the window frame.
The small windows have been re-fitted, we have used a compound that is used for sealing car windscreens.  This was applied to the frame before the window was offered up and fixed using closed end rivets.  The excess was cleaned off when cured and then the rivet heads covered with filler to bring the frame level.
The guards in swinging door steps have needed cutting out to enable repairs to the metal work.
This is the guards door step on the other side.
The fibre glass end cap has been receiving attention.

The original holes have been filled.  The broken edge has been extended using fibre glass resin and matting on a template.

Another view of the extension piece, these have been added to tidy up the edge and provide a bigger surface to seal to the steel bodywork.
The coach with the end cap fitted in place.  At the moment we are trying to source a new rubber diaphragm for the corridor connection.  The conversation goes like this, "Have you got a diaphragm for a mark 2 coach?  reply; do you have a catalogue number?  no can you supply us with a catalogue?  we don't supply catalogues but without the catalogue number we can't help you.  frustrating or what. 
Steve working on wagon 46334
Which has finally been completed

Another view, this wagon will be used to transport bogie frames around the site and will remain as a flat deck.
Another diverse job was to make two buffer packing plates for 828

A tender floor was also constructed for Caley 828, the fitting staff having destroyed the original taking it out.
828 looking resplendent in the yard, she has been lit up for a steam test on 15.05.14
A one stage this week the yard looked like a diesel depot, with classes 08, 26, 27 and a pair of 37's on shed.  Shortly before the picture was taken there was a 47 on shed as well.
Also joining us is the dogfish that we recently worked on.  The outer door repairs haven't been successful and now need modification.
We entertained the new crane for a few days last week, Ray and Colin doing some painting on it.

More diverse work, this time Richard welding a patch into one of the engine room doors belonging to the class 31 diesel.
Gresley sleeper 1211 is at Aviemore for attention to the bogies.

Sunday 4 May 2014

The latest news

Work on mark 2 BFK number 17101 continues, albeit somewhat slowly.
This picture shows the left hand end panel in place.
This is the right hand panel in its mark out and cut stage on the floor.  battery boxes make an impromptu bench.
Later in the week the right hand panel had been fitted.
This is the latest picture on 03.04.2014, detail plate and lamp brackets all fitted.  The next stage is to get the fibre glass dome repaired and re-fitted, the repairs to this have been started.
The window repairs are underway, this is a brand new sliding window which we found amongst our spares.
The toilet window being stripped for a replacement glass.  This was a case of shooting ourselves in the foot, all it needed was resealing, however when moving the staging it fell over and smashed the glass.
An emergency repair arrived in the form of the p-way department tool van.  The wind had apparently blown the door open, however I think a passing road railer had a big hand in it.

The lock still in place but the rail it was attached to splintered.

The repair looks like a door but isn't, Georgie asked for it to be fixed in place to give more room inside for racking.

The finished panel.
The rest of the vehicle is in a very poor condition, however this will have to wait for the future as the wagon is urgently needed back at the bridge.
The other wagon that is with us at present has had the capping angle fitted on both sides, along with the outside choc rail.

New support brackets have been made for the choc rail angle.

Both having been painted in red oxide primer.

The chassis in the fresh air outside receiving a coat of red oxide primer.
The wagon plates after cleaning

The other plate.
Not C&W but next door in the engine shed.  828 sports a natty line in curtains.

The boiler with its drapes.
The lads have been busy trying to get 828 back in service, part of which was to clean and polish it.  The covers are to protect it from any dirt.