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.