19/07/20 – Odd Jobs

One final task on BD 4304B, riveting on the kickplates. These were drilled, riveted, and painted.

So, just me on Saturday, Nick was at Rothley with Jamie as they continue the bodywork repairs to “the Yellow Coach“.

My attention then turned to B550356, initially marking out areas requiring repair and taking measurements. I was then joined by James who continued the scraping down of the vehicle whilst I cut the required repair plates.

These plates were then tidied up and red oxide applied to the plates and areas on the wagon.

With the paint drying, I moved onto preparing posters for Madges Trailer which were then fitted ready for display next weekend when the GCR reopens.

Speaking of posters,  the last few weeks Jack has been preparing a number of them for the station and as part of the station being prepared for the return of passengers these were also pasted up.

On to Sunday, Harry and Eddie on site, continuing the preperation of the Mineral and Medfit. Whilst Dave, Jack and I focused on Madge making preperations for her to go on display from next weekend as part of the railways reopening to the public.

Tasks included a good clean and service, a few paint touch ups and the main job, swapping the Trailer Handbrake cable for the Trailer release cable, as this one had become serverly frayed.

Nick and Ross attended to two vacuum brake cylinders an 18″ and 15″, giving both a full overhaul this is in preperation for swapping those under the Mineral and Medfit.  Ross also overhauled a number of vacuum release valves.

Also in preperation for next weekends displays I loaded a boxvan.


Finally, as I have an interest in all things Railway Goods related I though I would mention my collection of boxes, as you know I own two of our containers but I also have a collection of Collico Cases20200719_185259

During the 60s and early 70s the British Railways Collico Service begain as a responce to complaints that traders parcels and other merchandise being conveyed by the railways were being damaged in transit.  The idea being with the cases essentially BR assets the Porters would look after them.  This however was found not to be the case.  The service was simple, traders would pay a monthly fee for the required number of cases for their needs and when not in use were returned to either the Railway or the trader in a collapsed state.

There were 17 sizes of case and as can be seen above I have 4, although I do have examples of the smallest and the largest and I’m always on the look out for more.

As always more next weekend and the return of public passenger trains on the GC.

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