Another job cropped up when prepping the side for paint - the strip of wood which holds the roof ashfelt cover was rotten in places, so the section was cut out, and a new piece cut ready to be primered, painted and installed.
More progress as the other side has been painted. It has been a quick job as I'm not sure how long it will stay in the shed and I wanted to get it at least protected if it comes out soon. If it stays in, a second coat and more detailing will be done.
The nearly finished builders plate.
The handrails need to be painted white and then the chassis and step boards re-painted black.
Thanks Ian - but it is now due out on Wednesday. The other side and end have now been painted black and some minor touching in of the brown has been completed. Also a perspex window has been replaced with glass so the outside is now weather proof again.
As can be seen, it is very dusty in the shed, hence the "splodges" in the images - I will have to get the camera lens cleaned properly! I still have the inside to repaint but that can be done next week.
....... but then I had to check the axle bearings. These are the four big black boxes outboard of the wheels. The bottom half of the box is dropped to allow the "Oiling Pad" to be inspected.
This is a spring loaded steel frame with a string woven pad.
The ends of the string sit in thick oil in the bottom of the box, and it slowly acts as a wick to lubricate the steel axle shaft.
The actual bearing is a brass casting with a soft "White Metal" bearing cast onto the brass and machined to size and shape.
This is very basic as wagons usually travel slowly and have very little maintenance over periods of years. The main problem with these bearings is that water can get into the box and displace the oil - this can lead to a "Hot Box" and failure.
Lots now happening on the Gap Project! There are workers installing lamp posts on the North abutment site. Over the Midland Main Line the Preci Spark car park is being lowered by excavator and the spoil is being dumped to widen the embankment beside the brook.
Just a quick update as 4 new Armstrong Oiler Pads have been ordered (They are still made at the North York Moors Railway). There is a "Goods Galore" Gala on the GCR on May 6,7th and the Brake Van should be in use for that. The GCR Website is now showing regular updates of the Bridge project and the "lamp post" might be for a Webcam site?
Wow, wagon aside which looks like its coming along nicely, I never thought I'd see the day where they would really get to putting the bridge back. I'm not a regular at CGR as its a fair trek from me, last went when Tornado made its first appearance there, but I have been following this project. A big well done to all concerned. My views on what happened to the railways in the early to mid 60's doesn't belong on here, but I love it when all the happenings of that period are reversed.
Hi Ken - yes it is an amazing project and I am enjoying seeing the progress.The site was quiet on Thursday but more work has been done. The timbers are in place ready for pile driving on the North abutment site
and the lowered top of the Preci Spark car park is a lot tidier.
I also went to the North of L'bro shed and the clean up there has continued. The next job I think will be the removal of the old 35025 Brocklebank Line shed.
so the next job will be to soak them in oil for 24 hours and put them into the axle boxes. There is a "Goods Galore" weekend on the GCR May 6th and 7th and I expect the Brake Van will be on one of the freight rakes (Box vans, mixed goods, Windcutters or PW rake).
The oiler pads are now soaking in an oil bath and the brake rigging has been partially stripped, cleaned and reassembled -thanks to Chris and Martin! There are two pairs of brake shoes acting on each wheel with a "clasp" action. It is powered by the handwheel inside the brake van, which has a large screw thread which moves a block up and down. The block acts on an "L" shaped lever, the other leg pulls rods connected to the swinging links which inter connect on each side of the axle. The free movement of all the pivot points ensures that the braking effort is even on all 16 blocks.......ideally!