20th Mar 2018 in Wagon Group
John and Richard took a look at the Queen Mary Brake chimney following advice of slight water ingress on the preceding othing untoward found until later in the day when they had a short but heavy shower which shows some water entry despite Brian resealing the patress and fitting a small strip to divert any water. Further work required next week. In the mean time John and Richard continued with fitting the Fire Extinguisher wooden mounting block, complete with padding and the fitting of a fabric strap to stop any movement of the Extinguisher.
Brian, David, and Chris discussed the wood work required on the cattle van, and it was decided that they would remove both cupboard doors and put them in the CCT to dry before further work. Getting the doors removed turned out to be pretty labour intensive with up to 6 people at various stages. The track side door was some what easier to remove, with some kind assistance from the P.Way road railer.
Saturdays plan of Dillon doing some welding on the gunpowder wagon and Jose doing some painting on the Rudd were somewhat scuppered. On arrival at Medstead it was -2, and snowing, with a bitterly cold wind. It was accordingly decided to change the "plan" and sheet over the gunpowder wagon. This took some time... fighting with the wind and dead with cold fingers. Good job Jose had lit the stove in one of the brake vans... they needed it!
After an early lunch they decided to change the last four worn bolts on the brake hangers of the cattle wagon (running side). Dillon marked them out for drilling, Jose disappeared into the workshop van to do the drilling in the warm, while Dillon used the disk cutter to remove the old ones. New ones were duly fitted with copious amounts of grease and new split pins. Another warm in the brake van while making sure the fire was safe to leave, then they decided to call it a day at 1430.