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North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

J27 Back on NYMR after 13 years

On Monday 19th February 2018, the J27 was reunited with NYMR metals when it was successfully towed from Pickering New Bridge to Grosmont after an absence from the Railway of 13 years.

The J27 is towed to Grosmont by the class 25 at Hunting Bridge on the murky morning of 19th February with Paul Hutchinson and Adrian Dennis on the footplate - John Hunt

To remind members, following use on our members' special in October 2004, the J27 then went to the Weardale Railway for use on its Santa Specials, before returning to the NYMR. However, the crack in the cylinder casting was found to be more serious than at first thought, so it was restricted to light duties only on the NYMR. In May 2005 it moved to Locomotion at Shildon. The J27's fire was dropped for the last time on 29th May 2006 at the conclusion of a three day event at Darlington to mark the 40th anniversary of the closure of the nearby North Road Works. It then went on display in North Road Museum before being moved into Hopetown works.

11 1/2 years ago: the J27 arriving at Hopetown on 25th May 2006 at 19:30. Hopetown volunteers will notice an absence of brambles, wild roses and ash trees along the side of the fence - Nigel Hall

The overhaul at Hopetown has therefore been a long one and not without its problems. However, the end is now in sight, thanks to the offer to complete the overhaul by the NYMR. However, it would be most remiss of me as Chairman, the Committee as a whole, and the wider membership, not to sincerely thank all those who have given up their time to work on the locomotive for many, many years.

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 March 2018 13:56

Work begins on general overhaul of J72

At its meeting on Monday 12th March, the committee agreed that the overhaul of the J72 should commence at Hopetown with Fred Ramshaw leading the project assisted by James Pearcy.


Last Updated on Friday, 16 March 2018 22:12

The Completion of the J27 Overhaul

On Monday 8th January 2018 the NELPG Committee agreed, unanimously, to send the J27 to the NYMR for the completion of the overhaul, running-in and use at the start of the Railway’s 2018 season. This decision was essentially a response to the issues we currently face, from the smoke box, the main steam pipe, the cladding, the ashpan and the general problems we are having with Hopetown supervision, and the fact that we just can’t seem to get anyone who has the time to put into the project that will see the engine finished anytime soon. In this respect Richard Pearson, Paul Hutchinson and Terry Newman had discussed these issues and all felt that at the current rate the engine won’t be complete until the summer, so we are currently on course to miss any running on offer from the NYMR in the low season.


Last Updated on Saturday, 24 February 2018 22:57

Monthly Social Meetings

These take place at 19:30, usually on the second Friday of the month between September and May. Meetings now take place in Darlington Club and Institute in Northgate; see the What's on menu item for details.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 September 2017 08:23

The boiler inspector visits Hopetown

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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:13

Working Parties

The regular Monday and Thursday working parties continue at Hopetown on the J27. The Thursday working parties are now usually during the day only.

Working parties take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays on the Q6 at Grosmont. Please contact Andy Lowes or Ian Pearson if you wish to attend.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 February 2018 08:40

Hopetown Works Open Days

Hopetown Works is usually open for the public to visit between 11:00 and 15:00 on the third Saturday of each month. Please check the What's on menu item for details.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 January 2017 08:02

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The NELPG exists to foster interest in, and to preserve examples of, steam locomotives, rolling stock and other items of railway interest connected with the North East of England.


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K1 62005
K1 62005
At WCRC Carnforth for winter maintenance.

Q6 63395
Q6 63395
On NYMR winter maintenance.

J27 65894

J27 65894 (NER P3 2392)
At NYMR for completion of general overhaul.

J72 69023
J72 69023 Joem
At Hopetown Works for general overhaul.