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Home Locomotives J72 69023 Joem J72 Blog Thursday 20th February 2020

Thursday 20th February 2020


A frustrating week at Hopetown.

The ashpan was lifted on the engine hoist on Monday and the 2 rail trolleys removed from underneath it and repositioned to take the cylinder block when removed. The ashpan was then lowered onto pallets which had replaced the trolleys. The engine hoist was again in use to load the Q6 piston head into Nigel Bill’s van.

On Thursday there were 14 of us present.

I visited M-Machine to collect the machined drain cock carrots for the Q6. The brass castings were very porous, though it looks as though we will have sufficient to complete the drain cock set. The machinists were busy with the spring hanger bolts. Arthur gave a demonstration of the new wheel used to insert a reamer into the taper pin hole.  Arthur Jenkins and Colin Smith managed to extract the main steam pipe support from the boiler. The back cylinder covers have been cleaned. Colin Bowman managed to do a terrific job cutting back the brambles against the Hopetown Lane wall.

Dave Wright and Derek Shorton continued to butcher furniture in order to keep us supplied with firewood. How we will keep warm in future is anybody’s guess. I see from that it is only proposed to restrict our ability to buy firewood. I don’t think that we have ever done that.

With the exception of the machinists, we have run out of engineering work,. Some left early. Little to do other than tidy up.


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