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J27 Blog

A log of activity concerning the J27.

Boiler Progress


Chris Lawson and myself visited Crewe on Wednesday.

New smokebox arrival and inspection LNWR Crewe Richard Watins (centre) Chris lawson (right) 15th February -Dave Pennoc

Good progress is now being made with the J27 boiler overhaul at LNWR heritage at Crewe with completion still forecast for the end of March. The accompanying photographs taken on 15th February show the boiler retubing and various backhead, foundation ring and mudhole door refurbishments nearing completion.

Lower washout plug showing holes drilled for corner foundation ring studs 15th February - Dave Pennock

Refurbished mudhole door LNWR Crewe 15th February - Dave Pennock

Firebox 15th February - Dave Pennock

Old mudhole doors - refurbishment in progress LNWR Crewe 15th February - Dave Pennoc

Clack boxes whistle and gauge glass protectors delivered to LNWR Crewe 15th February - Dave Pennock

Front tubeplate. Retubing progress 15th February - Dave Pennock

 Mudhole refurbishmnet and new copper stays 15th February - Dave Pennock

Backhead flanges and studs refurbishment 15th February - Dave Pennock

New smokebox arrival at LNWR Crewe 15th February - Dave Pennock

A complete new smokebox will be provided. The existing chimney will be reused but fitted with a new petticoat and steel lining. Coincidentally the new smokebox door arrived on site the same day. The main steam pipe requires expanding within the front tubeplate and this awaits the delivery of a new tool for its completion.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:10

J27 Tender Tank Delivered to Hopetown


On a cold grey miserable day the new tender tank arrived at Hopetown and was parked up next to the line by the crossing.

The tender tank arrives at Hopetown - Nigel Hall

The day had started a few hours earlier earlier in Middlesbrough with the loading of the newly painted tender at Dockside Industrial Services.

Preparing to load the newly painted tank - Ian Dunn

On the lorry - Ian Dunn

All tied down - Ian Dunn

Then the action moved to Hopetown.

Waiting by the line for Malcky to arrive with the frames - Nigel Hall

The tender frames are alongside, time to prepare for lift - Nigel Hall

After rotation, the tank is lowered to the frames - Terry Newman

Aligning the sump - Terry Newman

Ttrevor Wilford directs the lowering on to the tender frames - Nigel Hall


Terry Newman directs a slight repositioning of the frames - Nigel Hall

Trevor Wilford pinning the locating holes - Nigel Hall

Harry Sams pins the other - Nigel Hall


The tank safely on the frames; Terry Newman explains next move to the driver - Nigel Hall

Nearly there; Roy Marshall, Trevor Wilford, Les Harper and driver Malcky Simpson - Nigel Hall

Past the Builders Arms - Terry Newman

Through the compound gate and down the slope - Terry Newman

Safely into the workshop  - Nigel Hall

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:38

Tender tank in primer


Some photographs taken at Dockside Industrial Services on Friday.

Left hand side - Ian Dunn

Right hand side showing slight inperfections where baffles are welded - Ian Dunn

Front of sump showing the flange for attachment od pipe to water valve, the sump access hole and the plug for hose access - Ian Dunn

Rear view of the sump - Ian Dunn

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 20:42

Valve Setting


The LH valve assembly being adjusted to make that valve openings correct. No adjustment was require to the valve rods - Neal Woods

The LH valve being fitted today - Neal Woods

Valve fitting complete - Neal Woods


The Blasted Tender Tank


The new tender at Dockside Services being grit blasted to remove the mill scale - Neal Woods

Another view of the new tender at Dockside Services being grit blasted to remove the mill scale - Neal Woods

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 February 2017 20:43

Tender Tank Fabrication Complete


The completed tender tank on a trolly in Adam Dalgliesh's yard - Terry Newman

Adam Dalgliesh has completed fabrication of the tender tank. Today it was pulled from his fab shop and loaded onto a lorry to be taken for blasting, priming and to have a heavy duty paint coat applied to the sump and baseplate.

The cavelry arrive - Terry Newman

The old tank, now home to a family of gruffalos - Terry Newman

The old tank is dragged out of the fabrication shop - Terry Newman

And starts to rust in the Stockton rain - Terry Newman

Lifted from trolly - Terry Newman

And lowered onto wagon - Terry Newman

Ready to depart to Dockside Industrial Services - Terry Newman

Past the old tank - Terry Newman

Last seen heading for Portrack Lane - Terry Newman

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 20:42

Valve Setting



Neal scribing the wheel first step in the process - Janes Pearcy

The quartered wheel - Neal Woods

James Pearcy with the valve trammel - Neal Woods

Neal Woods scribing the valve opening onto the tail rod - James Pearcy


Christmas at Hopetown


To mark a very successful session, seasonal fare arrived on the workbench by the J27.

Derek Norris cuts the Christmas cake to accompany the mince pies, buns and shortbread - Nigel Hall

All ready, where's Les Harper with the tea pot - Nigel Hall

That's better. The pallets behind Doug are for the J72 parts when it is dismantled in the new year - Nigel Hall

All gone! - Nigel Hall

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:16

Tender Fabrication


More progress on the new tank today at Stockton.

S view of the tender rank - Neal Woods

The new coal rails - Neal Woods

Coving being fitted to rear of tender - Neal Woods

We hope to take delivery early in the new year.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 February 2017 20:21

Boiler Progress


On 5th November, Steve Hyman, Andy Lowes and Neal Woods visited LNWR Crewe to inspect work on the boiler.

Andy and Neal inside the firebox whilst James converses with them through the fire hole door  - Steve Hyman

Sun glints off boiler - Steve Hyman

James, Neal Woods and Andy Lowes with a view of the backhead - Steve Hyman

A view of the new tubeplate riveted into position - Steve Hyman

Crown stay nuts and fusible plugs holes - Steve Hyman

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:17

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