The J72 is scheduled to pull three trains a per day from Grosmont during the February half term holiday, 19th to 27th of February.
What's On or the NYMR article from their news feed for details and a timetable. However, please be aware that the bridge between Egton and Grosmont is closed and that you will need to follow the diversion if travelling to Grosmont from the Teesside area.
Video footage taken on a sleety Saturday 19th February by Ian Hodgman.
Update Tuesday 22nd February
Sadly due to a problem affecting one of the J72's driving axle boxes the locomotive has been taken out of service. Black 5 steam engine No 45212 will be running in its place. Engineers are examining the problem will decide whether a repair is necessary. Advice regarding Joem’s operation for the rest of the week will be given as soon as possible.
Update Wednesday 23rd February
The J72 ran for 3 days, working very successfully on the Grosmont-Goathland shuttles, but unfortunately on Monday evening it returned back on shed with an unusual wear mark on the left hand middle wheel horn stay, (the bit that fits under the axle box), so, until an investigation could be undertaken, the engine was withdrawn from service.
The investigation started yesterday, and this morning the decision was taken to remove the centre driving wheelset. Work started immediately and this afternoon the J72 went onto the wheeldrop at Grosmont and the wheelset was removed. The engine is now back in Deviation Shed (as an 0-4-0 or maybe a 2-0-2) and the axleboxes are receiving attention.
It is hoped the adjustment required will only take a few days and the engine will be reassembled over the coming weekend. Needless to say, until the engine has been reassembled it will not be back in service. We are very disappointed that Joem hasn't been able to pull the full week's shuttle service, but are sure you will appreciate why the engine had to be withdrawn from service, and the intensity of work taking place to return it to traffic again.
Update Sunday 27th February
The driving wheels were refitted yesterday and the loco assembly completed today. This hopefully ends the latest saga after a very busy 5 days which has seen the loco dismantled the wheelset removed and axleboxes sent away for adjustments, the axleboxes returned after only 48 hours and refitted, the wheelset was then refitted yesterday before the final assembly today.
This has been a huge effort in a short space of time from those that helped, so many many thanks.
A few more clips of the J72 putting a fine performance on Sunday’s shuttle service
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