On Monday 19th February our boiler inspector visited Hopetown to examine the J72 with John Graham, our CME, and Fred Ramshaw, the J72 locomotive engineering manager.
The wear of the firebox tube plate was a concern to him. Though he is prepared to sanction a retube and use up until the 25th August, (the locomotive's withdrawal date), he considers that course of action a possible expensive risk with no guarantee of success. His advice was to withdraw the locomotive now and begin the ten yearly overhaul, finances etc. permitting.
The committee will discuss this matter at its meeting on 12th March.