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Home Locomotives J72 69023 Joem J72 Blog Monday 30th December 2019

Monday 30th December 2019

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Last working party at Hopetown this year.

Arthur Jenkins, Tim Williamson, Ed Bolam and Nigel Hall there at 09:00, to be joined later by Gordon Wells and Colin Bowman. Bill Dobson was intending to join us later on his way to Morpeth, but decided not to as part of his trip was to call in at the brass foundry. This he discovered was closed over the Christmas and New Year period.

Arthur spent the day servicing the T2 (Q6) drain cocks with mixed success. Ed got a gloss coat onto the insides of the cladding sheets. Tim managed to extract the last of the bolts holding down the running board. Nigel managed to make some thickness measurements on the steam heat pipe.

When Gordon arrived, I showed him around the electrical system and the 5 issues raised in the fixed wiring inspection report. Gordon managed to find the iffy light fitting (it is the one above the CCTV in the mess room) which Colin is going to replace. Gordon now has proposed solutions to the other problems. Colin arrived later in the day and talked these through with Gordon.

Nigel, Ed and Tim spent the latter part of the afternoon straightening the joints in the crinoline bands which had been removed during previous working sessions. These are now available to construct a stand for preparing and painting the outsides of the cladding sheets.

I hope folks enjoyed their beer and curry this evening. The working party attendees were returning home to watch Chanel 5’s 2 hour program of Ian Riley driving from Ft William to Mallaig.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 January 2020 18:56  

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The overhaul of J72 No 69023 Joem is being supported by a restoration grant from the Association of Industrial Archaeology.