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J72 Blog

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

J72 re-wheeled


After 3 months work on the axleboxes and motion the J72 has been re-wheeled.

End of the day, back on the wheels again and jacks cleared away - Colin Smith

By the end of the day Steve, Harry and the boys had 4 springs on.

After the wheels have been rolled underneath, RSS staff slowly lower the frames - Fred Ramshaw

Peter Shields, Paul Mason and Allan Wilson watch to ensure that axleboxes engage properly with horns - Fred Ramshaw

At the other side, RSS staff adjust the block pile whilst Steve Gibson, Roy Marshall, John Graham and Steve Johnson watch the axleboxes - Fred Ramshaw

The workshop now feels far less cramped. All benches have been moved back to their usual positions.

Tuesday saw another productive day with the remaining springs attached and a start made on the reassembly of the motion.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 May 2017 14:32

J72 Lifted off Wheels


Tuesday 17th saw Rail Support Services visit Hopetown to jack up the J72 to enable the three wheelsets to be extracted.

Starting the lift - Fred Ramshaw

Pause to reposition rear jacks - Fred Ramshaw

One of the synchronised jacks at the front right corner - Fred Ramshaw

Front wheel axle boxers out of horn guides, the lubricators are clearly visible - Fred Ramshaw

A view of all three wheelsets, still 6 inches to go before they can clear the front lifting beam and be rolled out - Fred Ramshaw

A view from behind, almost there - Fred Ramshaw

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:35

J72 Arrival at Hopetown for Winter Maintenance



All vehicles back inside the shed and the working party removing rods from J72 - Colin Smith

The J72 arrived back at Hopetown on Wednesday. A large working party under the direction of locomotive caretaker Fred Ramshaw immediatly set about dismantling for winter maintenance and the investigation of a knock.

The shunt was supervised by Terry Newman. Both the J27 tender frames and the J72 loco frames were first shunted down to  the overgrown track through the Museum Station by driver Malcky Simpson.

Pushing the J27 tender frames into the New Forest whilst the J72 waits on the Low loader - Colin Smith

The J27 is shunted along to the station whilst the motion is carefully observed by Andy Lowes at the other side - Colin Smith

Both J27 loco frames and tender parked against the brake van at the Museum station - Colin Smith

With the J27 out of the way, the J72 moves through to the crossing - Colin Smith

The J27 frames in winter sunshine with the Museum in the background - Andy Lowes

A view of the J27 cab - Andy Lowes

A view of the J72 being unloading from the driving position of the J27. The completed motion can be clearly seen - Andy Lowes

After unloading, the J72 is shunted into the building - Colin Smith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:50

Santa Specials



Terry Newman with the 12.30 Leeming Santa Special on Thursday 22nd December - Pete James

Looking on the 'bright side' near Crakehall - Terry Newman

Forward view near Newton-le-Willows - Terry Newman

Junior volunteer Finn Allen in the return leg - Terry Newman

Driver Terry Newman and fireman Pete James after disposal - Terry Newman

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 December 2016 11:51

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