This weekend saw the final brush loads of High Build Roof Paint applied to the roof of the support coach. I don’t have a picture of the resulting smart grey roof because, as regular readers will recall, I get vertigo standing on a thick carpet and, luckily for me, by the time I heard that the job was finished, the ladder was put away, the brushes were cleaned and the painter was safely back in the mess room drinking tea. So a word picture will have to suffice. It’s a smart dark grey. This paint is an all in one primer, high build paint which can, if required, be over-coated with the gloss colour of your choice. Apparently the choice is of light, mid or dark grey, all other colours being either inappropriate or frivolous. So we may take the opportunity to put a top coat of mid-grey on the coach if we have time. But the first priority is to finish the rest of the coach, both inside and outside. Pakes Painting Services have indicated their willingness to lend a hand, as have several other volunteers, but we can still accommodate other willing (or conscripted!) helpers.
Other jobs recently: On arrival back at the GCR, 70013’s tender had suffered paint damage during the low loader journey, so that has been touched up and is now being thoroughly cleaned prior to varnishing ready for the special ‘Territorial Army Centenary’ event on the 8th November (see the GCR’s website for details www.gcrailway.co.uk).
The Five’s boiler is still progressing at Tyseley. I am really looking forward to being able to say something else about 45305, soon, my lovely, soon. We have her big red three-cylindered sister at the GCR at the moment . If anyone is suffering from Stanier withdrawal symptoms, why not come and see them both?
D123 and D6535 are both available for traffic if required, in fact D123 recently stood in for the Class 08 on shunting duties. Yes, it’s a hammer to crack a nut, but needs must... And they both worked at the recent diesel gala.