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Monday 17th August 2020

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A small group of us came to Hopetown in the murk this morning in order to progress a few small jobs.

  1. I got a second varnish coat on the inside of the cab. That’s the inside finished (I hope).
  2. Arthur Jenkins and Ed Bolam went through the rotten sleepers on the wagon outside the A1SLT half of the building. They have retrieved the chairs and bolts for further use. The sleepers are now in a neat pile. They establish that the Whessoe wagon would move now using a pull lift.
  3. Colin Bowman gave up on the mixer tap problem in the toilet and called across the road at the Malbra Kitchen shop to find an expert. Chap there kindly came across to look at it. It’s a fancy mixer tap and pressure relief valve. He may be able to get new innards at ~£80, or a replacement tap at £150. He said that he could get firm prices. But: he advised that as we would be leaving the building in a couple of years, do we really need to spend so much money on an item which is only there for disabled access. He advised that we leave the cold water shut off at the ball valve and the hot on to provide the required pressure relief for the water heater should its thermostatic control fail. This has been done and the tap and sink labelled as out of use.
  4. Colin spent the afternoon clearing the jungle south of the crossing to allow vehicles to be shunted there.

Arthur will lead a small team on Thursday to continue the track related work.

There’s a glut of ripe blackberries. They are at their best now.

It’s interesting that our neighbours are so well informed about our future at Hopetown …

Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2020 19:03  

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