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Home Locomotives J72 69023 Joem J72 Blog Thursday 27th February 2020

Thursday 27th February 2020


Another good turnout.

After lighting the fire and warming through, Arthur Jenkins, John Jones and Tim Williamson set about re-inserting the longitudinal boiler stays and the regulator rod back into the boiler - a job which seemed to require a lot of shouting and hammering, and made participants rather thirsty. After a quick 10:00 cup of tea, Arthur was cracking the whip again. Norman Wells and Ed Bolam looked through the J72 shelf to discover any blanking plates. One was discovered for the main steam pipe, but this did not quite fit over what is thought to be a bent stud. Later, further blanks were found in the brass store. Norman set about cutting suitable gaskets. Allan Wilson managed to clear the paint from the lubrication holes associated with the motion weigh shaft and covered them with masking tape.

Harry Sams looked at the suggested modification to the axle box covers. The extra boss face lubrication suggestion seems to have a number of snags. This job was left for further consideration. He spent most of the day servicing the pedestal drill. The machinists were busy as usual. Neal’s order for material to construct new piston gland bolts was collected from M-Machine, and the job added to the machinist’s queue.

Dave Wright and Derek Shorton finished butchering the remaining firewood. Colin Bowman replaced the blown bulb in NW corner spotlight. He managed to clear some more of the brambles against Hopetown Lane wall.

Whilst Ed Bolam was applying a coat of undercoat to another of the cladding sheets, I managed to remove the strip of masking tape and the overspills from the inside of the cab. Only the varnish to go inside there now.

Two 3 drawer filing cabinets have now made their way to the mess room for holding non-archival paperwork.


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