Following the completion of the winter maintenance, on Tuesday 7th April the J72 left NRM Locomotion, Shildon for the Epping and Ongar railway for a short stay. It arrived on Wednesday 8th. During its stay there it will run on most weekends except for the 18th and 19th April when the railway holds its Diesel Gala.
On Thursday a small party visited the Epping and Ongar Railway to check over the locomotive and to "hand it over".
Following an acceptance examination by the Railway's CME, Joem ran a successful proving trip to Ongar and is now deemed fit for service.
Joem will be running this coming weekend with four trips from North Weald to Ongar each day.
Thanks to all those who have assisted with the maintenance and also the staff at Locomotion for their help and assistance.
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