Monday 6th December 2021

Already it’s the last month of the year – how have we got here so quickly?!

Tim and Phil Burton at work on GER No. 5There was a real push this last week to clear the roof of GER Royal Saloon No. 5 from the bonding compound that had held down the previous canvas. It has been a long job with around 500 square feet of wood to clean, heat guns and scrapers being the most efficient method. Phil Burton scraping away the old canvas bonding compound . Progress can clearly be seen.Phil Burton (seen here), Ed, Paul Balshaw, John Dixon and Tim have all spent time on the job this week and we are now on the last lap. It will then be necessary to sand down the wood and apply a coat of primer before tackling the job of fitting the new canvas.

Ade in the process of lowering Caliban's frames still furtherAde has managed to spend some more time on Caliban when not shunting Christmas coaches for the RSR. He is seen here lowering Caliban‘s frames closer towards the axleboxes.

Phil Bell reaming out a hole for the taper pin to hold Fluff's right hand coupling rod in placePhil Bell and John Davis have still been finding work to do on Fluff with Phil reaming out a hole for one of the taper pins that holds the right hand coupling rod in position.

Keith riveting a boiler band cleatKeith is still working on the boiler cladding for Wootton Hall and has been riveting the end cleats to the boiler bands.

John Dixon working on the new gas bottle cageThe new cage for the gas bottles has not been forgotten and John Dixon has been progressing with this project when not working on GER No. 5’s roof.

A one man orchestraFinally, whether we like it or not, the festive period has most definitely arrived with Keith and Ade driving the RSR’s Santa trains over the weekend. Given the current Covid situation, it was agreed that Alan and Tim would this year play Christmas songs and carols at the entrance to the museum rather than on the trains. Alan is seen here using a kazoo to add to the sound, with err a mixed reception!?!