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A blog of activities relating to the J72 69023 'Joem'.



Thursday 20th June 2019

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Bright sunny day today, too good to spend at Hopetown.

I took all the bits and pieces which I’d picked up from Steve Hyman and at Grosmont from the car to sort out on the paint bench.

After early morning tea, Paul Mason and Derek Shorton continued with the mammoth nut and bolt sort. Colin Smith got a coat of undercoat on the tender tank tops, Dave Wright applied a coat of primer to the wheels, Maurice Bell continued with his spring grinding whilst Tim Williamson and Allan Wilson manhandled the gargle blaster Vernier calliper to measure around central horn stay. I popped out to get 4 new tyres fitted to my car.

We had a post cruise visit from Colin Bowman at lunch time. His overgrown garden took precedence over work at Hopetown this Thursday. It should however be noted that outside the weeds continue to grow.

I managed to get a coat of undercoat on the tank sides in the afternoon, so next week we should be able to gloss them.

We’d been expecting deliveries all day, but as we were locking up we’d still had no deliveries. We discovered that Parcelforce delivered the new drill to the A1 trust at about 09:50. We then discovered that the phone line was dead as Roy attempted to contact the couriers bringing the engine hoist. They claim that nobody was present at 14:30 when they called. They didn’t leave a card in the letter box so I wonder if they tried to deliver to the Central Borough, or somewhere equally silly! Hey ho, better try picking up from their depot tomorrow rather than wasting any more time waiting for them. Roy was on his mobile phone trying to trace the missed delivery when a white transit arrived. Ah, in the nick of time we thought, but no, the white van man was Paul Hutchinson with Angie bringing items back from Carnforth.

 

Thursday 13th June 2019

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Well, splashing in through the puddles this morning wasn’t so bad. We missed Arthur Jenkins and John Jones this morning. Arthur and John Midcalf should have been travelling towards Fort William through the “yellow rain” which the met office were warning about. It was cold enough to require the lighting of the fire.

First job was to record the water meter reading. On lifting the cover we find that said meter was under water which had to be scooped out.

Maurice Bell and myself borrowed the engine lift from the A1/P2 trust in order to lift 4 engine springs onto a bench. This was to enable Maurice to open the end gaps to fit the new spring hangers. Some progress has been made, but it is not possible to insert either the 4” or the 9” grinder deep enough into the gap without the grinder guards fouling. The 9” grinder is heavy too. We need to give this job further thought.

Paul Mason, helped by Derek Shorton, continued sorting through the nuts, bolts and washers. There are some new plastic boxes to fill. Dave Wright came in for a session today after his badminton injury and cleaned the loco wheels ready for painting. Allan Wilson, Colin Smith and myself prepared the boiler side and tops of the tanks ready for painting. Roy came in later in the morning but concentrated upon administrative work with his computer in the mess room.

Richard Pearson joined us for lunch.

Steve Johnson brought a guest to visit the workshop and managed a visit to see the P2 as well.

As it will be the 3rd Saturday of the month, there will be an open day at the workshop this Saturday.

 

Thursday 6th June 2019

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Another busy few days with a few regulars on Monday night, PAT testing on Tuesday (all equipment passed) and the usual day time working party on Thursday.

After an early morning brew, Colin Smith and Allan Wilson continued cleaning the corners of the cab and tanks where the grease gathers. They were assisted by Tim Williamson who drilled out a broken cab hold-down bolt from the RH tank. Unfortunately in the process of knocking out the residue, the nut which had been welded to the inside of the tank came away. We’ll have to think about solutions to that problem. We are all too large to fit in the tanks these days. I got on with cleaning the wheels for painting. Arthur and John continued machining the spring hangers. Paul Mason continued with his magnum opus sorting through the spare nuts and bolts.

Tim and James Piercy removed and sketched the work required on the driving wheel horn stays.

We had a vice presidential visit from Ian Storey who had come to check progress, especially with the boiler.

John Midcalf came - and went after he realised that he had missed Ian. He returned later to borrow a headboard which he traced as a template. He’s making something – it’ll turn up in a raffle, you have been warned. Roy Marshall made an appearance just before lunch time.

Early afternoon we were visited by Neal Woods who came to check on progress.

Later in the afternoon we were visited by the police!

 

The activities of our busy spiders - Nigel Hall

 

Thursday 30th May 2019

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Only about half the usual crowd in today.

  • Colin Smith and myself got on with the job of screwing together the boards over the firebox and rod areas. All complete. Cleaning and painting of the top and boiler side of the tanks can take place next week.
  • Paul Mason and Derek Shorton continued sorting our spare nuts, bolts and washers.
  • Tim Williamson carried out a thickness survey of the main steam pipe. He reports thinning in the area of the cylinder block.
  • Tim also lent a hand to Arthur and John who were machining new spring hangers.
  • Allan Wilson and later Hugh Panel and Colin Bowman clipped back some of the rampant brambles. As it was starting to rain, Allan finished early to rescue his washing from the line.
  • Colin Bowman spent the afternoon collecting electrical gear together for PAT testing on Tuesday of next week.

Colin Foxton called in late morning to see how things were progressing with the J72. We were also visited at lunch time by Dave Wright who is recovering from his badminton injury. In the afternoon we were visited by Les Harper who was depositing various K1 bits brought back from Carnforth; unfortunately he didn’t bring the mag drill and chuck to enable it to be PAT tested on Tuesday. Later in the afternoon we were visited by Chris Davison who brought in the other JOEM nameboard.

 

Thursday 23rd May 2019

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A smaller working party than usual, the holiday season is upon us.

We were visited by three architects from Purcells who were surveying the building.

We also had a visit from the Marlowe engineer who inspected the fire system and passed everything.

Colin Smith continued needle gunning the cab floor in preparation for the boarding over of the firebox. Paul Mason and Derek Shorton continued sorting through the collection of nuts and bolts.

I cleared out the middle aisle in the store in preparation for Colin Bowman who brought a new light fitting to illuminate this dark area. Later in the afternoon, when he had finished fitting it and we could see what was on the shelves, we discovered several interesting components which we hadn’t seen for a while. Colin was thanked for installing the extractor fan last week, the difference is noticeable.

Tim Williamson popped out to obtain a new gas fitting. Roy Marshall arrived and after his various secretarial tasks got on with a bit of gardening. Maurice Bell continued with turning jobs but now needs advice regarding the steam heat spindle and the draw bar connector.

I popped home to obtain some floor boarding from my garage roof space. Later in the afternoon I supplemented the scaffolding planks across the fire box space and boarded over to allow painters to work between the tanks. The boards are not screwed to the supports yet so please do not go in the cab until the barrier tape is removed.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2019 14:44
 
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