On the 10th of September 2015, Nationwide Building Society volunteers Rob, Carol, Helen, Vicky, Liz, Peta, John and Paul came to the N&LR to help out as part of a corporate volunteering scheme.

The group was split in to two groups to undertake a couple of tasks at the same time as the weather was nice.

One group, supervised by N&LR Volunteer Coordinator Grahame Every continued the astounding transformation of the containers at the entrance to the railway; this time the end doors were cleaned and repainted.

The repainting used the Engineering Services recommended Skip & Container paint in BS381C Biscuit and Mid Brown. Additionally some of the recently donated black Aldi Metalcare paint was used as well.

The other half of the group completed two tasks during the day, under the supervision of Volunteer Working Member David Millard. This saw the changing out of some fishplate bolts at Pitsford Sidings and the painting of BR Mk2 coach 5174 B4 bogies on the footpath side.

The fishplate bolt task built on some track work carried out by the infrastructure Department over the previous two weekends. The bolts installed were refurbished by a previous group of Nationwide Building Society volunteers on Wednesday 15th July 2015 (see 15th July 2015 Report).

The bogie repainting involved the scraping off of the accumulated road dirt prior to painting the metalwork with black chlorinated rubber paint, as used by BR.

During the day the tea breaks were taken outside as the weather was so nice. The Platform 3 buffet was opened by NLRPS Secretary & Premier Line Editor Brian Chambers.

Many thanks to all of those involved with the day as the time & effort donated is really improving the N&LR.