Mon 1 July
Roy Gamlin came down wearing his FLA cap, and sorted through bric-a-brac. Mostly this was pricing up books, but also included throwing out unsaleable items.
Meanwhile, I pressed on with painting rail chairs.
Tues 2 July
I spent a couple more hours on rail chairs.
Weds 3 July
Bruce came and assisted during the morning, with John Mayell relieving him for the afternoon session! We prepared 10 or more chairs, and I did some painting. However, I had run out of painted brushes, so couldn't proceed much further.
F&W had only 2 left, so I restocked with the remaining 4 completed ones off the shelf.
Thurs 4 July
Painted brushes had dried, so I was able to fit 4 boot scrapers ... before running out of wedges.
Fri 5 July
Colin & I arrived at Winchcombe - independently, coincidentally, and with the same thought: to cart a few more chairs to Todders! Back at Todders, we spent a couple of hours painting chairs that had been prepared, or were in various stages of completion. I couldn't finish any off, because of the lack of wedges.
Sat 6 July
Called in at Winchcombe Carriage & Wagon to encourage Eddie to make some wedges! I felt a bit mean standing over him while to knocked off two dozen :-))
Back at Todders, John was cleaning even more; David was welding up some fixing plates for a pair of wheels for one of the trolleys. These wheels materialised by magic, next to the skip. I monitored their progress for a couple of weeks, and having decided that they were not going anywhere, I decided to take action! Anyway, David did the cutting and welding of metal, and made them fit the trolley! Brill.
I completed 5 boot scrapers (including one ordered by Bruce*) before lunch and retiring to the training room for a CSPL Board Meeting.
Not much of excitement came out of the meeting - our finances are looking quite good; 10-year overhaul is looking feasible cost-wise; No progress on most items except for the siphon restoration, which is progressing well under Fred's management; We (i.e. mainly the cafes) sold 272 boot scrapers during the Financial Year July 2012 to June 2013, at £30 each;
I noticed a group of young chaps lighting up 2807 during the afternoon. She's in service Sunday, then Tuesday to Thursday, and the weekend of 13/14th.
All for now.
* On Wednesday, Bruce asked me if we have any of the very old GWR chairs. I said that I hadn't seen one for ages and thought that we did not. Then, as if by magic, five minutes later, as I was tidying up and sorting chairs into piles, what should I discover? One GWR dating from 1901.