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J72 Blog

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

J72, Thursday 2nd August 2018


Another good week at Hopetown with the J72.

On Monday Arthur Jenkins and John Jones continued servicing the steam brake cylinder, Steve Hyman tidied up components for painting whilst Nigel rubbed down the first primer coat in the bunker.

We have spent most of Thursday working through the list of jobs to prepare for the boiler lift on Monday 6th. Points oiled, packing on the weltrol, neighbours notified etc, etc. We are all ready to go. Allan Wilson and Derek Shorton oiled up the J72. Tim Williamson, Arthur and John had a good look at the ash pan attachments, and with a burning torch, hammer, punch and much effort managed to extract all of the wedges and lower the ash pan into the 4 foot using a jack. This greatly simplifies the boiler lift as there will be no need to struggle to remove the ash pan whilst the boiler is suspended from the crane; it shouldn’t even be necessary to take the gas bottles down to the lift site.

Thank you to all who have helped and to those of you who have volunteered their time on Monday.

And finally, Colin Bowman and Les Harper managed to dismantle the dripping tap in the mess room to discover that there was no washer. Les managed to obtain a bag of washers from the plumbers merchants; the tap no longer drips.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 August 2018 21:51

Thursday 27th July 2018


Another week’s progress with the on both Monday and Thursday.

On the technical side, Andy Lowes, James Swainston and Arthur Jenkins dismantled the steam brake on Monday evening. Arthur and Les Harper continued to clean and make measurements on Thursday. The vegetation outside is sufficiently clear for a shunt, so there was no need for anybody to toil in the heat of the day with the loppers this week. A few remarked that the blackberry’s could do with picking. Derek Shorton and Dave Wright managed to clean up the cab. We can now see what needs doing to prepare for painting. Allan Wilson managed to sweep and vacuum up the dust from the floor of the bunker following the needle gunning of previous weeks, and later Colin Smith managed to give the bunker a coat of primer.

So, progress being made.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 August 2018 20:40

Thursday 29th March 2018



Arthur  Jenkins breaking concrete within the smokebox. The front sandboxes and most of the cladding have been removed - Nigel Hall


Some of the components removed from the locomotive - Nigel Hall


Work begins on general overhaul of J72


On Thursday 15th March, work to dismantle the J72commenced.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 April 2018 10:14

The boiler inspector visits Hopetown


On Monday 19th February our boiler inspector visited Hopetown to examine the J72 with John Graham, our CME, and Fred Ramshaw, the J72 locomotive engineering manager.

The wear of the firebox tube plate was a concern to him. Though he is prepared to sanction a retube and use up until the 25th August, (the locomotive's withdrawal date), he considers that course of action a possible expensive risk with no guarantee of success. His advice was to withdraw the locomotive now and begin the ten yearly overhaul, finances etc. permitting.

The committee will discuss this matter at its meeting on 12th March.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:13

Boiler tubes removed


On the weekend of 27th and 28th January, Mathew and Callum Storey removed the tubes from the J72 boiler.

The final tubes at the bottom of the boiler need to be chopped into 2' lengths for removal. Mathew Storey wields the gas axe - Nigel Hall

Tim Williamson awaits the next tube being extracted by Mathew Storey whilst Callum Story hammers the firebox tube end - Nigel Hall

The end of two day’s work - Nigel Hall

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 February 2018 12:38

J72 hauls Tea Train


The morning train arrives at  a busy Finghall - Maurice Burns

The Wensleydale Railway and Upstairs at Institution, Bedale are running of a regular high-class afternoon tea service. Teas are served in the London and North Western Railway Directors’ Saloon.

Maurice Burns took some photographs of the train. The loco crew were driver Terry Newman,fireman Steve Foxton and trainee, Neal Hueting.


The train at Rakehall - Maurice Burns

The tea train at Harmby - Maurice Burns

The tea train at Harmby - Maurice Burns

The tea train at Harmby - Maurice Burns

The London and North Western Railway Directors’ Saloon at the rear - Maurice Burns

At Wensley, the J72 passed the old boiler house - Maurice Burns

The J72 at Wensley - Maurice Burns

At Wensley, the train heads on for Preston under Scar - Maurice Burns

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 September 2017 12:05

J72 Stopped with Leaking Tubes


The J72 is currently not operating on the Wensleydale Railway because of some leaking tubes. Urgent action is being taken to remedy the situation and get the locomotive back in service as quickly as possible.

10th July Locomotive ran "magnificently" over the weekend. Boilersmith's attention expanding the tubes seems to have cured the problem

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 July 2017 20:28

First Service Train


The 13.38 arrival drawes into Redmire - Nigel Hall

After an earlier test train and footplate experience day, the J72 hauled its first scheduled passenger service of the season to Redmire today.


Joem departs Hopetown for Leeming Bar


Crossing the field - Nigel Hall

Today the J72 left Hopetown after winter maintenance and headed for Leeming Bar.

Malcolm Simpson slowly pushes the J72 to the loading point - Nigel Hall

Colin Bowman and Steve Gibson struggle with the compressor used to start the shunter - Nigel Hall

Loaded, time to reposition the tractor unit - Nigel Hall

Into the field - Nigel Hall

Through the gate and onto the road - Nigel Hall

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 May 2017 14:30

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