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North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

HRA awards

John Hunt, (NELPG Chairman) and Chris Lawson (NELPG Secretary) with the HRA Award at Wolverhampton on 11 February 2017 - Noel Hartley

We are delighted to report that at the Heritage Railway Association awards dinner last night, NELPG won the Large Groups award for 2016, jointly with the North Norfolk Railway - yes it was a dead heat! Two awards were therefore made, and, on behalf of the Group, John Hunt and I collected ours - a large metal plaque in the shape of a wagon builders plate - from Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail, to whom we gave a copy of our 50th Anniversary book.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 20:41

J27 Tender Tank Delivered to Hopetown

On a cold grey miserable day the new tender tank arrived at Hopetown and was parked up next to the line by the crossing.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2017 11:51

Derek Shorton's 84th Birthday

Thursday was the 84th birthday of our olderst working member, Derek Shorton.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 22:18

J72 Lifted off Wheels

Tuesday 17th saw Rail Support Services visit Hopetown to jack up the J72 to enable the three wheelsets to be extracted.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 February 2017 20:45

NELPG 50th Anniversary

Well, the party is now over. What a weekend. Here is a collection of images of the various events.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 January 2017 17:05

The Book - Keeping North Eastern Steam Alive

This fully illustrated book telling the story of the 50 years of the Group is due to be published on 28th October to coincide with the Group's 50th Anniversary celebrations.This is no ordinary book as it not only tells how the many magnificent achievements were reached over the 50 years but also lots of inside stories that for various reasons could not be told till now.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 November 2016 12:49

50th Anniversary Press Coverage

Press coverage has started to appear regarding NELPG's 50th Anniversary.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 11:30

Working Parties

The regular Monday and Thursday working parties continue at Hopetown on the J27 and J72. The Thursday working parties are now usually during the day only. If you want to join them and help at Darlington, please  contact Terry Newman (Monday evening) or Neal Woods or Fred Ramshaw (Thursday) if you wish to attend a working party. Whilst the J72 is present we are also working through the day on Tuesday. Again contact Fred Ramshaw if you wish to attend.

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.

Working parties are also taking place on the K1 at Carnforth at weekends. Please contact Paul Hutchinson if you wish to attend.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 February 2017 16:48

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

Tributes to Peter Proud

The following tributes were received in response to Chris Lawson’s announcement of Peter Proud’s passing.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2017 23:23

Albert Hawman steaming along at 104

A visit to see Albert Hawman at the Grange Nursing home Darlington on January 18th found him in good form. As the nurses said there is a sparkle in his eye when some comes to see him and talk about steam engines. Albert celebrated his 104th birthday last November 25th. I said to him do the years go past quicker as one gets older? Yes they do even when over a hundred! They do not slow down!

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 18:35

Q6's last days of operation

Some photographs of the last days of operation of the Q6 before its boiler ticket expires.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 January 2017 22:33

2017 Calendar

Copies of the 2017 NELPG Calendar are now available.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 November 2016 19:53

Heritage Railway Article

An article entitled "NELPG keeping North Eastern Steam Alive" has been published in this month's "Heritage Railway" (issue 221). Enjoy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:52

50th Anniversary of Closure of North Road Works

Darlington Works Reborn.

This Article by Maurice Burns was published in Heritage Railway magazine to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of North Road Works, Darlington on 2 April 1966. It finishes with a section on the rise of Hopetown Works

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 March 2016 12:56

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 Friday, 06 February 2009 10:11

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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 maintenance.

Q6 63395
Q6 63395
On NYMR winter maintenance.

J27 65894

J27 65894 (NER P3 2392)
At Hopetown Works, for general overhaul, boiler at  Crewe.

J72 69023
J72 69023 Joem
At Hopetown Works, for winter maintenance.