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Indeed the clock is ticking. Saturday 16th Is getting closer. Volunteers, staff and contractors are all focused and committed to finishing on time.
Saturday 2nd March was chosen as gauge conversion day for Parlor Car. Parlor had been moved to the turntable shed the previous weekend so as to be in general readiness. First task was to move T333 and GM36 so parlor could be re,located to the dual gauge jacking pad area. Here T333 is on the turntable and about to be moved off onto another broad gauge track.__________________________________________________________
To provide power to move we hired the BIG front end loader form local contacting firm Parker Brothers. We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with Parkers over around 35 years and they always look after our needs for help. The loader is being hitched to T333 via heavy drag chains._____________________________________________________________
With T333 now out of the way so to speak it is GM36's turn. The loader is pushing against GM36 with the handbrake lightly applied and a man on the brake to either release or apply further as required. The best place to push is against the coupler.___________________________________________________________
Slowly on to the turntable.
On the table and ready to turn off on to the standard gauge pit track.
With all hand busy we forgot to take photos until it was time to admire the handy work. Parlor is in the air on the jacks. Next move is to chain the bogies together and draw them onto the turntable ready for the replacement standard gauge bogies to be put back under.__________________________________________________________
Carriages up in the air are not a common sight. So we just had to take a few pictures of Parlor in the sky form different directions.
From the round end._____________________________________________________________
From the shady side.___________________________________________________________
A closer look underneath shows the broad gauge bogies ready to exit. On the underside of the car the spigot of the trunnion is visible as the shiny bit. It is shiny as it fits into a socket in the bogie and the relative movement between car and bogie polished the metal. To be noted here is the three rail track. If this was four rail dual gauge there would not be any complications but the three rails means there is a centre difference between the standard gauge bogies and the carriage of 82 mm. ____________________________________________________________
From a different direction this is the trunnion spigot and the mounting projection on the underframe. Every time we have a vehicle off its bogies one task to be completed is an inspection of the trunnion area and the underframe round abouts. These items cannot be seen clearly at any other time. Occasionally cracks have been found in diesel loco frames but to date we have never found a problem with a carriage.___________________________________________________________
So what about that 82 mm. To solve this dilemma we devised an arrangement where we lower the weight of one end of the carriage onto a special plate inserted between bogie and car and lower the jacks so there is a 5 mm vertical gap. A ten tonne hydraulic jack is set up on the left and is used to push in a very controlled manner the carriage body sideways 82 mm. When the car reaches the fence on the plate it is in the correct alignment. _____________________________________________________
Whilst the jack is being pumped the eyes are watching proceedings. There is around 40 mm gap between the side of the trunnion spigot and the fence on the slide plate so we are about half way there. The operation takes about five minutes where upon the jacks are reset and the car re-lifted so the slide plate can be removed, and then the car is lowered till the trunnion fully engages and the necessary checks are completed. It is then on to the other end for the same manoeuvre.
An hour or so later, Parlor is back in the shed now on standard gauge and the loader is drawing GM36 off the turntable to put it back where we got it from. The task for the day is done. In the following week the brakes were re-connected and the usual examinations and tests of the running gear and car in general were done so that roadworthiness certification could be issued._____________________________________________________________
On to Monday morning and Steve and Robbie are working on 4 State. Steve is preparing the clerestory area for painting while Robbie is doing a final rub down on the sides and around the windows before colour is applied.___________________________________________________________
It is now 8.00pm on Tuesday and Robbie has just finished spraying the colour on the bottom of the first side of No.4. As a professional painter he is rather fussy but in the light of day next morning the view of all concerned was the result was magnificent.___________________________________________________________
As he moves along all you can see in the distance is the length of the car seeming to go on forever. Just like the roof stripping episode we spoke about last time. The vent glasses have been taped to make painting the edges easier.______________________________________________________________
A couple of quick rough shots on No.4 on Wednesday evening after Robbie has finished the rest of the first side._________________________________________________________
With Burgundy on the side and clerestory it is beginning to look as it should.
To repair one of the windows in State 5, the whole assembly had to come out. Before it could be put back in, the surrounds are being prepared by Kim. Wednesday 6th.__________________________________________________________
You have surely noticed the colour change. This is the hi-fill that eliminates the small defects and will soon be sanded before colour is applied.___________________________________________________________
With S303 home from being on hire to Qube, it is getting the once over to check to prepare it for Royal Train duties along with B74. This is one of the number 2 end multiple unit jumper receptacles. The outer insulating disc has been removed as it was broken and will be replaced by a new one.____________________________________________________________
On Friday the painters finished sanding for the yellow and after dusting and degreasing the yellow was applied.___________________________________________________________
And yes. They did finish the other side. In a departure from our normal technique we are putting the yellow on first, then masking the width of the lines and painting the blue over.________________________________________________________________
Monday 10th is a public holiday but it makes no difference to us. Volunteers and contractors are all on site racing for the deadline at the end of the week. Over the weekend, the mirrors have been finished on the first side and are well advanced along the other.______________________________________________________________
The window assembly removed from State 5 has been re-glazed and repaired and in now being refitted Steve on the plank says he does not do carriages (he is a loco man) but we now have proof to the contrary. On the ground James will do anything, nothing bothers him.______________________________________________________________
Tuesday morning and Ron Burgess from local business Burgess Signs, is plying his art. To save time in applying the hand painted lettering he has elected to use vinyl self adhesive computer cut stencils. With the lettering first coated the vinyl will be removed and subsequent coats and the black shading will be done in the traditional way.______________________________________________________________
The reason No. 5 was outside was to move it from track 1 to track 3 for disconnection of the brakes and then into track 2. The jacks are set up and the car is in the air. The wheels with their ageing roller bearings are being replaced by in date change-overs. With the bogies retained in carriages by a king pin of centre bolt it is quick and easy to swap the wheels only. The old wheels are about to be rolled out ready for the replacements.______________________________________________________________
From the other end, the old wheels are out and replacements about to come in from the sunny (glare) end.______________________________________________________________
With State 5 in the jacks, number 4 is now in the scaffold on 1 track. David is now on hands and knees gluing down the new rubber flooring for the end platform._____________________________________________________________
Once State 5 was on its new wheels, while the jacks were set-up, 3BS had a turn. Its bogies had been identified as being in need of attention. Due to the gauge conversion of 1BS last year, its broad gauge bogies were available and being in good condition, they have been fitted.____________________________________________________________
Just to complicate things the next Cruise charter is in the early hours of Thursday morning. This means that on Wednesday afternoon the train is assembled in the loco depot. From the near end we have 1BS, then 11BS, 4AS, Parlor, P22 and leading T357.________________________________________________________________
Back into the shed and we are now into the evening. The shed lights provide an un-natural hue in which we view the scrolling of dots being laid out in the "dot tape".
Thursday and No.4 has scrolls finished on one side (the other side was finished by a slightly late knock off time). We are looking forward to seeing it out of the scaffold sometime tomorrow Friday; the last day before the train runs.
There will probably be some late night activities on Friday to finish.
The proof will be seen by all on Saturday.
This article first appeared on srhcblog.blogspot.com
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