There was a beaming smile on the face of the Treasurer last night because he had finally finished the coach roof. It is now fully painted in top coat and ready for traffic. It doesn’t sound like a big job, just scrape off the loose paint, cover with special roof paint, then put on a top coat of high-build roof paint in the colour of choice (grey). Coaches don’t even seem all that large – after all you get ten or twelve in a train, so they aren’t even a whole train. Wrong, when you start to look at it properly the roof is huge, and it’s on the top. (Sorry, crashing statement of the blindingly obvious there, but it’s another thing that you forget to take into account when you first size up the job.) So for him to have completed the job almost single-handed, outside, in the winter deserves thanks and quite a few smugness points. But he didn’t rest on his laurels, there was a bit of daylight left, so he painted the ends and the buckeye, then looked around for something else to do. Someone make this man a cup of tea and get him to sit down for a few minutes!
Another piece of good news this week was news of the Five’s boiler. We had a couple of volunteers in the area on Friday and persuaded them to call in at Tyseley on their way past. And take some photos for the news pages. Most of the stays are now in, and nobbled over, there are still a few to do (more stays are on the way from the stay makers). I’m not a boiler smith, so I’m not qualified to assess the work, but it certainly looks much tidier in these photos than it did back when we sent a gang over to clean up the boiler ready for work to start last year.
By Info | Monday, March 2, 2009 | Tags : 45305