J27 - 10 and 11 May 2022

Friday, 13 May 2022 00:00 Chris Lawson J27 Blog

Tuesday was a glorious sunny, warm day but very blustery for Chris Lawson who was on duty at Deviation Shed, with Bill Dobson calling in after lunch.

After opening up and getting some milk for the tea, Chris completed cleaning the display cabinets inside and out, and also did a small amount of further prep work on the frame of the main Deviation Shed sign on the running line side of the building. There were lots of visitors to chat to and one possible new member as a result.

The J27 was stood on No 5 Road in the running shed, not in use, but was moved in the late afternoon to No 4 Road for spark arrester repairs the next day.

In contrast, Wednesday was an overcast, breezy day but brightening up later, with Bill Dobson, Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam, Nigel Hall, David Potter, and Ian Pearson.

On the J27, Duncan Jackson, MPD fitter, removed the old spark arrester and made a new structure fitted with new mesh and fitted around the blast pipe. Later a warming fire was lit as it was scheduled to work the 10.30 and 14.30 to Pickering on the next day with the Class 37 - which it subsequently did with Ian as the driver. It also worked today, Friday, apparently including a trip to Goathland for some filming assignment.

The dates for the J27's summer holiday on the Kent and East Sussex Railway have now been agreed. It will leave the NYMR at the beginning of the week 11 July and return by Friday 9 September in time for the NYMR end September Steam Gala.