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J27 Blog

A log of activity concerning the J27.

Tender Tank Fabrication Complete


The completed tender tank on a trolly in Adam Dalgliesh's yard - Terry Newman

Adam Dalgliesh has completed fabrication of the tender tank. Today it was pulled from his fab shop and loaded onto a lorry to be taken for blasting, priming and to have a heavy duty paint coat applied to the sump and baseplate.

The cavelry arrive - Terry Newman

The old tank, now home to a family of gruffalos - Terry Newman

The old tank is dragged out of the fabrication shop - Terry Newman

And starts to rust in the Stockton rain - Terry Newman

Lifted from trolly - Terry Newman

And lowered onto wagon - Terry Newman

Ready to depart to Dockside Industrial Services - Terry Newman

Past the old tank - Terry Newman

Last seen heading for Portrack Lane - Terry Newman

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 20:42

Valve Setting



Neal scribing the wheel first step in the process - Janes Pearcy

The quartered wheel - Neal Woods

James Pearcy with the valve trammel - Neal Woods

Neal Woods scribing the valve opening onto the tail rod - James Pearcy


Christmas at Hopetown


To mark a very successful session, seasonal fare arrived on the workbench by the J27.

Derek Norris cuts the Christmas cake to accompany the mince pies, buns and shortbread - Nigel Hall

All ready, where's Les Harper with the tea pot - Nigel Hall

That's better. The pallets behind Doug are for the J72 parts when it is dismantled in the new year - Nigel Hall

All gone! - Nigel Hall

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:16

Tender Fabrication


More progress on the new tank today at Stockton.

S view of the tender rank - Neal Woods

The new coal rails - Neal Woods

Coving being fitted to rear of tender - Neal Woods

We hope to take delivery early in the new year.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 February 2017 20:21

Boiler Progress


On 5th November, Steve Hyman, Andy Lowes and Neal Woods visited LNWR Crewe to inspect work on the boiler.

Andy and Neal inside the firebox whilst James converses with them through the fire hole door  - Steve Hyman

Sun glints off boiler - Steve Hyman

James, Neal Woods and Andy Lowes with a view of the backhead - Steve Hyman

A view of the new tubeplate riveted into position - Steve Hyman

Crown stay nuts and fusible plugs holes - Steve Hyman

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:17

Tender fabricarion begins


Adam Dalgliesh has started fabrication of the new tender tank.

The plates are tacked together - Nigel Hall

The photograph shows the base plate being held straight by the railway lines. Below is the sump with the water feed flange visible. On the base plate the majority of baffle plates in the waterspace can be seen. In the middle the baffles support the sloping coal chute.

Closer view of construction showing the baffles in the sump space - Nigel Hall

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:18

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