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Home Locomotives J72 69023 Joem J72 Blog Thursday 23rd May 2019

Thursday 23rd May 2019


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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The overhaul of J72 No 69023 Joem is being supported by a restoration grant from the Association of Industrial Archaeology.