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Returning Locomotive J21 to Working Order.

August 1st 2004 Report.

Locomotive J21.

Photograph 1: The J21 being prepared for boiler removal at Flour Mill workshop, Forest of Dean.
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The locomotive has been dismantled for inspection at Bill Parker's Flour Mill workshop in the Forest of Dean. This work was generously funded by Alan Moore. Jim Rees is to discuss the findings with Bill Parker in the very near future.

Once the full extent of the work is known the Heritage Lottery Fund bid can be prepared. Keep watching this space!

Locomotive J21 removal of boiler.

Photograph 2: Lifting the Locomotive J21 boiler. Removal in progress at Flour Mill workshop, Forest of Dean.
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A Word from the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Society.

See what the lads who transported the J15 to Beamish for the reunion with the J21 had to say on their website:

"Well we did it. The craziest idea anyone's ever come up with - taking our precious J15 on a 500-mile round trip for an hour and a half's jolly. But it was more than that. Much, much more. Five week's organization (just 5 weeks !), and the support crew of Bryan, Gerald and myself were at Beamish on Monday 23rd June 2003, ready to go. Gordon arrived later, with Julian, Harry and Dill joining us for the big day."

Read the full story of taking the J15 locomotive (65462) to Beamish.

And see this really good Photograph of our J21.
I didn't realise that it had been at Tanfield railway previously.

 

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Photograph 1: J21 being prepared for boiler removal at Flour Mill workshop, Forest of Dean.

A stationary locomotive facing to the left is shown in a railway yard with lifting cables attached prior to lifting out the boiler.

The locomotive extends across the picture at an slight angle to the camera so that the front of the engine can be seen. The long reddish brown cylindrical boiler with its central cylindrical chimney is shown exposed and still attached to its carriage. In front of this at centre left edge the front of the engine is seen in blue grey and the front hatch is open like a ship's porthole cover on a calm day. On the hatch can be seen the small white numbers 65033.

The lower half of the picture shows the main flat rectangular carriage with the wheels, pistons and driving machinery can be seen. At the front a red rectangular plate on which are mounted two cylindrical red bumpers. Next three sets of large wheels in blue grey and between the wheels short lengths of light grey rods connected to the wheels. Under the carriage can be seen mechanical structures in shadow and without clear details.

Top third: four lifting cables attached to the centre of the boiler are shown extending to above the picture and in the background a long row of tall green trees with a large light brown building at the far right.

Foreground: A light grey speckled surface of small stones in the railway yard. TEXT.

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Photograph 2: Lifting the Locomotive J21 boiler. Removal in progress at Flour Mill workshop, Forest of Dean.

A locomotive boiler suspended in the air by lifting cables in a railway yard. The reddish brown cylindrical boiler which lies across the whole picture is angled towards the camera to give a view of the front end which is blue grey and has a round hatch fully open at the very front. The numbers 65033 can be seen clearly in white on the hatch. At the centre of the boiler there is a short cylindrical chimney and on the right is the blue grey fire box which extends below the boiler in a rectangular block at the end of the boiler shape.

Four cables can be seen supporting the boiler at a central position extending to some point above the picture.

Background top shows a blue sky a little lower there are many green trees. On the right lower edge can be seen the front of a railway building in light brown with a pitched roof and a chimney stack. At the lower edge on the right are the tops of two indistinct railway engines. TEXT.

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