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NELPG publishes its own bi-monthly newsletter NELPG NEWS, which is posted free to all of the group's members. The history of the group is chronicled in its pages.

NELPG News 1, October 1967

NELPG News 1, October 1967

By now most members will be aware that all steam power has been withdrwan from Sunderland, Tyne Dock, Blyth and Hartlepool depots and at the time of going to press, we understand that the majority of the steam locomotives from these deports will be concentrated at Tyne Deck to await disposal, Aprt from our J27, and the J72 (the latter destined for private preservation) one other locomotive at Tyne Dock may not end up in the scrapyard. As soon as the Fund for the J27 is completed, it is proposed to start a preservation fund for the Q6. Please do not leave this to the other fellow, chip in your donation NOW to help us over the last hurdle, Time is a wasting asset as far as we are concerned, REMEMBER WHAT IS AT STAKE !! We have a short time to succeed and a long time to regret failure.

W.B.GREENFIELD (Chairman) N.E.STEAD (Secretary) P.PROUD. (Sales Officer). K.HUDSPITH (Tresurer).

NELPG News 2, November 1967

NELPG News 2, November 1967

We are pleased to repert that J27 No.65894 was purchased on our behalf by the ARPS on 13th November, the sum involved being £1,400. The engine remains at Tyne Dock M.P.D. where restoration work is progressing steadilly through the concerted efforts of local members on Sundays.

NELPG News 3, December 1967

NELPG News 3, December 1967

Due to the devaluation of the £, and the resulting rise in the price of copper, BR have been forced to sell No.63395 for scrap. The committee have been left with three possible courses of action, viz: (a) To arrange to borrow (if possible) £2,300 to purchase No.63395 immediatly, (b) To abandon the Q6 project entirely, c) To raise as much money as possible between now and 5th January 1968, and endeavour to borrow the balance provided that it does not exceed one third of the cost; i.e. £800. It is essential therefore that as many members as possible should attend the 5th January meeting, in order that the committee may be given a firm decision on the best course of action to take.

NELPG News 5, January 1968

NELPG News 5, January 1968

Because of the great response to our Newsletter and advertisements, the Group has now raised £1,500 in cash towards the preservation of No. 63395. This, and the fact that BR are allowing the resale of the locomotive to the NELPG influenced the members present at the January meeting in Newcastle, to vote by a large majority in favour of the continuation of the Q6 Project. As the sum of £2,300 is required to purchase No.63395 from the scrapyard, we still need £800 to complete the total and arrangements are being made to borrow this sum. If we are to become debt free as soon as possible, a determined effort is needed from each and EVERY MEMBER to raise the £800 to repay the sum borrowed.

NELPG News 7, March 1968

NELPG News 7, March 1968

When the last newsletter was issued it was anticipated that the Society would have to pay the full purchase price of £2,300 for the Q6 before the end of January and thus put the Group into serious debt. Fortunately this was avoided as the scrapdealers have accepted our deposit of £1,200 and have kindly given us until the 31st MARCH 1968 to reach the purchase price of £2,300. At present £500 is still urgently needed.

As mentioned in our membership forms we hope eventually to move both our locomotives when fully restored onto the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, whose ultimate aim is to open the Gromont-Pickering line, one of the most senic railways in this country. The NYMPS, with a fast growing membership and help from many professional people, are now waiting for the price of the Gromont to Goathland line which they intend to open first and includes the notorious 1 in 49 Bank!! This should prove an ample test to show the power of our locomotives when at work.

NELPG News 8, April 1968

NELPG News 8, April 1968

We are pleased to report that on April 1st 1968 the Society purchased it's second locomotive No. 63395 for £2,300. To enable this engine to be saved it became necessary for the Society to go into debt and use short term loans to cover the remaining £189-19-9 outstanding at the March 31st.deadline.

NELPG News 9, July 1968

NELPG News 9, July 1968

Members will be pleased to know that the outstanding balance of £189 19 9 which was borrowed to save 63395 is now paid off. We have raised the sum of £2,300 in just six months - an unequaled achievement. 63395 has received a good external clean, and we hope to start on the internal repairs (i.e. blocked boiler tubes) as soon as possible.

As reported in the last newsletter, 65894 is nay in the National Coal Board workshops at Philadelphia (near Sunderland).

NELPG News 10, September 1968

NELPG News 10, September 1968

As we go to press, it is expected that '5894' will be entering the N.C.B. Philadelphia Locomotive Works in early September. Once inside the works she will be given a loiler examination that may necessitate a steam test, after which the motion will be taken down for closer examination of the worn parts. 63395 will very shortly be moving from Tyne Dock to Thornaby for the first part of its journey to Gromont on the N.Y.M.R. In preparation for this trip the mechanical lubrication has been fully examined making sure that the cylinder oil reaches the piston valves and cylinders.

NELPG News 11, October 1968

NELPG News 11, October 1968

The Committee have now received details of the J27's boiler examination, carried out by the insurance company, and have also been given a mechanical report prepared by the N.C.B. engineers at Philadelphia Works. In order to give our members the chance to travel behind steam on the Keighley & Worth Valley line, we are organising a 'bus trip from Newcastle on SATURDAY, 19th. October, shortly before the end of the Summer Season. The N.Y.M.R.P.S. Committee have now come to an agreement with B.R. for the purchase of the first section of the line from Grosmont through Goathland to Eller Beck (6 ½-miles.), together with the land and buildings to High Mill, Pickering.

NELPG News 12, December 1968

NELPG News 12, December 1968

"5894" passed a hydraulic test in the presence of an Insurance inspector on October 11th. We have now insured the boiler with the Vulcan Boiler & General Insurance Company Limited., at a cost of £16 - 3 - 8d. per annum, plus inspection fee, which will give cover up to the sum of £100,000. This cover will now enable the N.C.B. to steam the engine for inspection purposes in the very near future.

On the evening of Thursday, October 3rd. the Group's Chairman learnt of the movement of the Q6 to Hartlepool the following morning, and desperately telephoned several members to prepare the engine for its journey. Three Teesside members (Messrs. Maurice Burns, John Hardy, and Nick Downing) on learning the news, all felt seriously ill and decided, for health reasons, to take the Friday off work. We eventually arrived at Hartlepool at 16.00 hrs. without any "HotBoxes", much to the relief of the N.E.L.P.G. crew. Being very proud of their new allocation, a Humerous and enthusiastic Foreman "booked" 63395 to work a York coal train on the Saturday morning, causing almost instant heart failure when the loco-crewmen found out that there WAS a 'Q.6" "on shed".

NELPG News 13, February 1969

NELPG News 13, February 1969

We start this Newsletter on a very solomn note, and report that Mr. J. Burton, Vice President, and a founder member of the Group, died at his home on December 20th., 1968. Mr. Burton, once a"Top Link" engine driver on the East Coast main-line, gave the Society a tremendous boost shortly after our formation when, as Lord Mayor of Newcastle-upon--Tyne, he decided to give our future aims his full support.

Following the important repairs to the "big end" brasses, eccentrics, and crossheads, the "J27" was steamed. on December 13th. to set the safety-valves, and also to test the repairs carried out. On the run from Philadelphia to Fenshaw, the motion repairs all appeared satisfactory. The only noise now coming from the engine is from the siderods and axlesboxes. Whether facilities exist to have the wheels removed, and the axlesboxes repaired, is now being looked into, but the Committee have decided that providing our finances will allow it, these repairs should be undertaken. Regular working parties have now started at Hartlepool on "63395", but due to the shortage of working members, and also the adverse weather conditions in recent weeks, progress has been restricted.

The North Yorkshire Moors Preservation Society is making rapid progress, both in Permanent Way repairs, and the arrival of "new" stock. Working parties have been started, weeding the track, clearing drains, and repairing fences. The first really big task to be tackled was the removal of the landslide at Darnholme, near Goathland, caused by the recent bad weather.

NELPG News 14, April 1969

NELPG News 14, April 1969

Since the last Newsletter appeared, our "J.27" has been steamed twice. Firstly, on February 15th, for the benefit of members and photographic purposes, and again on April 11th, when the locomotive moved under its own power to Thornaby MPD for axlebox repairs. After four-years of peacefulness, the railway line between Grosmont and Goathland is now returning to life, and has recently become the scene of intense activity. Two more locomotives have now arrived. Our Chairman, Major W.B. Greenfield, has recently been appointed the Steam. Motive Power Superintendent of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, thus cementing the bond between our Group and the N.Y.M.R.P.S. which already exists. The first NELPG rail tour on 29th June will provide the only chance for North-Eastern enthusiasts to travel behind "4472" - "Flying Scotsman", for some time, and has been arranged to provide the possibility of good scheduled running over well-known sections of the main lines in the North.

NELPG News 15, June 1969

NELPG News 15, June 1969

The Q6 fails hydraulic test after a crack is discovered in the smokebox tube plate, A list of repairs for the Q6 has been drawn up. The Secretary managed to locate a complete set of Boilersmith's tools which were lying at Goole and Hull (Dairycoats) M.P.D.'s, Negotiations were started first with B.R. at Hull then later at Derby with the result that the Group purchased everything available for £50. On the NYMR all the coaches and locomotives have been moved 'up' the bank from Grosmont to Goathland, this taking place on April 27th. What happened to the well tank at Darnholm no-one is quite sure, for the engine did not stop for a blowup, it blew up then stopped. The explosion in the locomotive's firebox could be heard miles away as it blew off the smokebox door twisting the catches and hinges in the process.

NELPG News 16, August 1969

NELPG News 16, August 1969

Another big locomotive Kl No. 62005 is now to be loaned to the N.Y M.R and will prove extremely useful for hauling the heavier passenger services alongside our Q6 and J27. This locomotive by coincidence, has the honour of being the last British Railway steam locomotive to travel over the Grosmont-Pickering line when it worked the "Whitby Moors Railtour" on the final day of passenger services in 1965.

NELPG News 17, October 1969

NELPG News 17, October 1969

We are delighted to announce that the Group's Q6 No.63395 following re-assembly after hydraulic test was successfully steamed on October 18th and 19th. The examination of the boiler at the full working pressure of 180 lb/ins.2 showed that it was 100% steamtight throughout, a fact which will please all members and especially those who spent hundreds of hours carrying out the repairs. Work is expected to start on the J27 axleboxes during November but it must be realised that with a price of £135 for all the work involved this job to B.R. is not first priority and will be fitted in when the wheeldrops are available.  One of the items on the Agenda for the A.G.M. on Friday 7th November is the adoption of a new constitution for the Group. This is to enable the Group to be registered as a Charity with the Commissioners for Inland Revenue.

NELPG News 18, December 1969

NELPG News 18, December 1969

After a very successful Annual General Meeting held in Newcastle on November 7th, your newly elected committee have had several meetings to plan our future policy which has involved the formation of two new sub—committees, one for the repair and restoration of our locomotives and the other to investigate possible sites for a new loco shed to be built on the N.Y.M.R. Our aim over the next twelve months will be to complete all the repairs, repainting and vacuum fitting to both our locomotives in readiness for working on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This job alone will take a tremendous amount of physical and financial help to achieve, but when this objective is reached the Group will continue to be one of the most active preservation societies in this country, not by launching more appeals for new locomotives but by helping to establish a locomotive shed and workshop on the N.Y.M.R. and by possibly "acquiring" on a caretaker basis, other locomotives such as the Kl,N7,Q7 and Lambton 0-6-2T's which may be offered by owners unable to carry out restoration work themselves.

We have now reached the stage with the repair and restoration of our locomotives that the often controversial subject of liveries must now be agreed. Enclosed with this newsletter is the draft for the agreement proposed for locomotives working on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

NELPG News 19, February 1970

NELPG News 19, February 1970

Besides the work carried out at Thornaby M.P.D. which has included vacuum fitting 63395 and completely re—organising our stores and tools, the same hard core of members have been involved with the moving of shear legs from Tweedmouth to Grosmont and helping to run the successful N.Y.M.R. Easter Steam Gala. 63395 will very shortly be moving from Thornaby to Grosmont to be the Star attraction at the next North Yorkshire Moors Railway Steam Gala to be held on Saturday and Sunday June 27th and 28th 1970. We feel that the arrival of such a big locomotive as a will prove a tremendous boost for both the N.Y.M.R. and the N.E.L.P.G., for the engine will receive coverage by both press and television besides photographs that .will appear in the "Railway World" and "Railway Magazine". The result of this ballot will mean that both the Groups locomotives will eventually be restored to N.E.R. Goods Livery of Black, lined out with a red line, and will carry the very large and distinctive brass numberplates on the cab sides, the numbers being 2238 (for the Q.6) and 2392 (for the J.27). Negociations with the Sales Controller of the British Railways Board at Derby for the purchase of covered goods van D.E. 539329. lying at Thornaby M.P.D. have now reached a successful conclusion. While our Plans for a locomotive repair shed to be built on the N.Y.M.R. are in the design stage we have been offered by British Railways a large range of redundant machines some of which are suitable for our repair shed.

NELPG News 20, June 1970

NELPG News 20, June 1970

On June 27th the Q6 No, 63395 worked its first passenger train over the Grosmont to Goathland Summit section of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This event marked the climax of two years of hard work by Members in restoring the locomotive from what was once virtually a heap of scrap into a working unit in excellent mechanical and external condition. The P3 was moved onto the wheel-drops at Thornaby on June 23rd, so that the axleboxes could be repaired.  It is likely that the P3 will be moved to I.C.I. Billingham in September. 0-6-2T locomotives No, 5 (built 1909 by Robert Stephenson Co, Ltd., Darlington) and No. 29 (built 1904 by Kitsons of Leeds) have both been purchased for use on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. A a new position, that of Publicity Officer, has been given to John Hunt, who has also undertaken the production of Newsletters in the absence of Maurice Burns.

NELPG News 21, October 1970

NELPG News 21, October 1970

The day after the Annual General Meeting, Saturday, 31st October, a special train will be run for Members of the N.E.L.P.G., between Grosmount and Eller Beck, Efforts are now being concentrated on the restoration of the P3. The left hand side little end brass was examined after the steam test and found to be badly worn. A new brass has been made and the crosshead pin ground and hardened. Both were re-fitted on Sunday 20th September thus completing the mechanical repairs on the engine. It is intended to fit the L.N.E.R. vacuum system to the P3. All the necessary parts were obtained from numerous scrap dealers early in 1968. The principle part of the vacuum system is a Gresham and Craven "Dreadnought" type ejector which came from the last J72, which was cut up at Choppington, Northumberland

NELPG News 22, December 1970

NELPG News 22, December 1970

The most significant development at the A.G.M. was the launching of an appeal for funds to build a Locomotive Repair Shed at Grosmont. Chris Lawson elected General Secretary. The vacuum fitting of the P3 is now well advanced; the 2" dia. train vacuum pipe has been fitted and now the various cab fittings are being piped up. The engine is ts be moved to I.C.I Billingham during mid- December. The P3 will be housed in the enclosed three-road engine shed until restoration is complete. At the same time the engine is to be fitted with steam heating apparatus.

NELPG News 23, March 1971

NELPG News 23, March 1971

Bryce Greenfield resigns as Chairman. It was with deep regret that the Committee accepted the Chairman's resignation. At the last meeting held at the Bridge Hotel on 19th March, and the Secretary paid tribute to the invaluable role that Major Greenfield had played in the success of the Group. A vote of thanks was proposed and passed on acclamation by the members present.Ian Storey becomes Acting Chairman. Tthe site at Grosmont has been partially cleared to reveal much of the foundations of the old turntable; when the whole site has been levelled it will be possible to mark out the position of the buildings and pits in readiness for preliminary construction works. On Sunday 21st March, the Q6 was hauled out of the tunnel at Grosmont by 0-6-OST 'Salmon', so that it could be prepared for the forthcoming Easter Steam Gala. Plans have been announced for the eventual use of 5428 'Eric Treacy' on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, if and when that line becomes operational and accommodation there is available.

NELPG News 24, June 1971

NELPG News 24, June 1971

Outline Planning Permission has been granted by the North Riding County Council for the erection of a locomotive repair shed at Grosmont Deviation.Preliminary work has already commenced on the ash pit. This work, which is being financed by the N.Y.M.R., was carried out by a detachment of the Royal Corps of Transport, which took occupation of the line for training purposes from 10th to 14th May. Preliminary work has started on the K1 by two members in Leeds. Initially work has concentrated on cleaning and checking the lubrication in preparation for an exhibition at Wellington Street Goods Yard, Leeds, on 19th and 20th June, sponsored by the Yorkshire Post and B.R. The K1 will be exhibited along with "Blue Peter" and "The Great Marquess", but none will be in steam.

NELPG News 25, August 1971

NELPG News 25, August 1971

The first class of trainees footplate staff completed their course during July, and under the watchfull eye of Mr. J. Bellwood, B.R., Traction Engineer, Newcastle, and his assistant Mr. Charlton, the following were duly passed out:-
Chris Cubitt - Driver i.e. passed fireman.
Jeff Brand, Terry Newman, Don Robertson, Andrew Teesdale, John Whitbierd as Fireman i.e. passed cleaner. To them we offer our congratulations, and to Mr. Bellwood and Mr. Charlton, our thanks.

NELPG News 26, October 1971

NELPG News 26, October 1971

Notice of the 5th AGM.

NELPG News 27, December 1971

NELPG News 27, December 1971

Following it's satisfactory steam test at I.C.I. Billingham on 16th October when, given the freedom of the East Grid Sidings, the P3 comfortably - and nostalgically - handled a 600 ton coal train, the engine was despatched to Grosmont early on Saturday 23rd October. After successful trials over the N.Y.M.R. on the same day, the engine was ready for it's all important public debut on Monday 25th October.Loss than a week later, on Saturday 30th October, the P3 was in action again exclusively for the benefit of members of the Group. Loaded to four coaches, which included the buffet car dispensing free refreshments, the P3 made short work of the 1 in 49, and proved itself to be an excellent steamer. The major part of the AGM was spent in discussing the various motions received by the Secretary. A very full discussion ensued regarding the proposed locomotive repair shed at Grosmont, during which it was emphasised that the financing of the shed was never intended to be the full responsibility of the Group.

NELPG News 28, February 1972

NELPG News 28, February 1972

The first issue of the Newsletter with photos, but the last A4 in size.The Group's Shed Sub—Committee has been co—opted as a sub—committee of the N.Y.M.R. Management Committee, so greatly facilitating understanding between the two societies on this crucial project. Also at long last, a special N.Y.M.R. Management Committee meeting resulted in unanimous approval for Grosmont Deviation as the site for the shed. Work is progressing swiftly on the detailed design of the shed. Work on the ground is likely to start soon; the possibility of clearing the trackbed of the old Beckhole branch from Deviation to the public road at Esk Valley Cottages, to enable road vehicles to reach the site, is presently under examination.The Motive Power Department (I) have laid a trap point in the old up line, north of the tunnel at Grosmont, to protect the main line crossover. A similar trap is to be put in at the south end of the loop at Goathland, though it is expected that the P.W. Department will do this job!

NELPG News 29, April 1972

NELPG News 29, April 1972

The first A5 sized edition. The Group has been offered the K1 No.62005 as an outright gift by the 45428 Stanier Class Five Locomotive Society Ltd. Assuming that the members formally accept the engine at an Extraordinary General Meeting on 19th May, the Group will have acquired an extremely valuable asset. As a relatively modern steam locomotive the. K1 is capable of easy maintenance and is eminently suitable for work on the NYMR. John Bellwood writes some notes on the K1 class.

NELPG News 30, June 1972

NELPG News 30, June 1972

The Group is now the' proud owner of K1 No.62005. However much work needs to be carried out before 62005 can be seen at work. The money in the shed appeal fund will be used to provide tools and equipment for the shed, with a target for the appeal fund of £1,000. On Saturday 27th May the P3 became the first engine to use the new ash pit. The first AGM of NYMHRT hears that that objection to the Light Railway Order had been withdrawn, and that a grant of £15,000 and a loan of £15,000 had been received from the English Tourist Board.

NELPG News 31, September 1972

NELPG News 31, September 1972

A temporary change in editor to Chris Lawson. Negotiations have now been concluded successfully between the North Riding C.C. and British Rail for purchase of the track between Ellerbeck and Pickering. With the non - arrival of the transfer Light Railway Order, the opening of the railway for public services will be delayed until spring 1973. A lot of progress has been made on the shed project in the last two Months. The K1 was moved from Leeds Neville Hill Shed to Thornaby on 14 June. Efforts are being made by individuals supported by a local newspaper, to repair, restore and then convert Darlington North Road station into a museum showing the history and development of railways in the North East.

NELPG News 32, November 1972

NELPG News 32, November 1972

Andrew Scott takes over as editor on a more permanent basis. Perhaps the most notable event of the last month for the Group must surely be the Steam Locomotive Exhibition held at Newcastle Central Station in conjunction with the Newcastle Festival. During the course of the nine day exhibition, over 11,000 people inspected the Group's locomotives. Full planning permission has at last been received for the main shed building.

NELPG News 33, December 1972

NELPG News 33, December 1972

A contractor has now completed the water tank base on the tunnel and the 4" main laid. A contract for the supply of the steelwork for the main building has been placed. With an eye to the future, the NELPG shed sub-committee has discussed requirements for further facilities on the line. The first priority would appear to be the provision of some locomotive covered accomodation at Deviation.

NELPG News 34, February 1973

NELPG News 34, February 1973

The great oil firing debate.

The bases for tho shearlegs and for the structural steel work of the shed building were completed by the contractors on the 7th February, and the shearlegs and structural steelwork errected. 60,000 bricks are due in March. Te K1 tube appeal launched.

NELPG News 35, April 1973

NELPG News 35, April 1973

On Easter Sunday public services will begin operating on the NYMR. The photograph on the back cover of this Newsletter shows, the beginnings of a quite substantial maintenance shed now exist at Grosmont.

NELPG News 36, June 1973

NELPG News 36, June 1973

The culmination of almost six years work by the members of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Preservation Society was reached with the official opening of the railway on 1st May by the Duchess of Kent. Apart, of course, from the Duchess, the undoubted stars of the proceedings were the P3 and No. 29, both of which performed admirably.

NELPG News 37, August 1973

NELPG News 37, August 1973

the NYMR ha s now completed four months of operation and all the indications are that traff is is building up in a most satisfactory manner. In the first 13 weeks of operation, over 80,000 single journeys were made and total income from tickets and sales topped £.28,000. The P3 has continued to be tho mainstay of the lino's motive power and has worked well over 50% of the steam services to date.

NELPG News 38, October 1973

NELPG News 38, October 1973

Chris Lawson resigns as Group Secretary to take up a new job with the Ministry of Agriculture in London. Derek Hanson takes over as Secretary. Peter J Robinson joins the committee as membership secretary and to assist with covenant matters.

NELPG News 39, December 1973

NELPG News 39, December 1973

The cover shows No 29 passing the old Deviation signal box. Pete Woodhouse stands down as Sales Officer. On October 23rd, the boiler of the K1 was given a hydraulic test in the presence of the insurance company's inspector and passed 'fit for service'. Ex-LMS Class 5 4-6-0 No. 5428 'Eric Treacy' and ex-GNR Class J13 (LNER Class J52) No. 1247 have now arrived on the NYMR.

NELPG News 40, February 1974

NELPG News 40, February 1974

Tho K1 is at present in the Thornaby roundhouse, having been moved there soon after the completion of the axlebox repairs. The relatively exposed location of the engine, and the lack of adequate lighting facilities in tho roundhouse mean that completion of the paintwork has had to be postponed until a more favourable location can be found or until the weather improves. The P3 is out of action at the moment for its annual boiler survey. Further progress has been made with the Q6 recently, All of the superheater elements and their flues have now been removed and a start has now been made on removing a number of the 2" tubes.Other work included the removal of the LMS vacuum gear fitted to the engine.

NELPG News 41, April 1974

NELPG News 41, April 1974

The Locomotive Hire Agreement has at last been processed ' by the HYMR' s solicitors and the committee are determined to see this document brought into full operation with the minimum of delay.

NELPG News 42, June 1974

NELPG News 42, June 1974

On Sunday May 19th, the culmination of almost two years work on the Group's K1 loco arrived when it was successfully steamed at Thornaby. On 28th May, at 5.25am, the loco left Thornaby and travelled through the early morning towards Battersby, where it was to reverse before proceeding to Grosmont. At the AGM, Mr G.S. Drury was added to the list of Vice-Presidents.

NELPG News 43, August 1974

NELPG News 43, August 1974

On Saturday, 8th June, 2005 officially entered service on the NYMR.by hauling the 10.50am train from Grosmont to Goathland.

NELPG News 44, October 1974

NELPG News 44, October 1974

At long last, 2238 is now safely under cover in the partiallycomplete repair shed at Groemont, thus enabling constructive work to proceed in earnest. With only eight months to complete all work involved in tho repair and restoration of the Q6 before the S&D 150 celebrations, work has been programmed for all weekends throughout the winter. A very good start has been made on our latest project, black 5 No 4767, and an 'enthusiastic group of members is at work every Monday and Wednesday evening.

NELPG News 45, December 1974

NELPG News 45, December 1974

Important developments concerning the ownership of the Stephenson Link Class 5 have taken pIace in the last few weeks. Members will recall that until recently the engine's owner was Brian Hollingsworth who had asked the Group to provide assistance in the restoration of the loco in time for the S&D 150 celebrations. Brian now lives· at Penrhyndeudraeth in N. Vales and, has found it impossible, taking into account all his other commitments, to devote as much time as he would like to the engine. He therefore looked round ,for a suitab1e buyer and soon found one in the shape of our Chairman, Ian Storey.

At a recent meeting to discuss the future of the Q7, 63460, between the Maurice Burns and Dr Coiley of the NRM, it was indicated that providing we could fulfill the ,usual conditions appertaining to engines on loan from the National Collection, there was a very good possibility that we could become custodians of the engine.

NELPG News 46, February 1975

NELPG News 46, February 1975

We have had a setback. to progress on the repairs to the boiler of the Q6. At what was to have been a final hydraulic test prior to the insurance company's visit, a collapse occured in one of the reconditioned flue tubes. As a consequence, eight reconditioned tubes will,be replaced together with the collapsed tube and one other, previously regarded as sound.

NELPG News 47, April 1975

NELPG News 47, April 1975

The new Q6 flue tubes arrived on schedule on the 10th April and tho machined tube ends were welded to these new flue tubes over the following weekend. It is hoped that they can be fitted . into the boiler and the boiler hydraulically tested in the very near future, All other outstanding mechanical work has now been completed. The first steaming of 4767 took place on Saturday March 15th and although a few problems were experienced with the safety valves and with leakage from the top feed clacks, the engine passed to the- insurance inspectors satisfaction, much to the delight of all those present.

NELPG News 48, June 1975

NELPG News 48, June 1975

After replacing the refurbished Q6 flue tubes, another tube collapses during hydraulic test. It has been decided to replace all of the flue tubes.  4767 passed its B.R. mechanical and visual boiler examination in May.

NELPG News 49, August 1975

NELPG News 49, August 1975

On 2nd July the Q6 boiler was pronounced fit by the insurance inspectors. Reassembly work is now in hand and all boiler cladding is reinstated. The J27 passed its visual and steam examinations for BR, but during the Spring Bank Holiday the engine suffered from a broken spring and two resultant hot boxes. The spring has been repaired but the other matter is most serious and makes problematic the chance of this engine going to Shildon. All the repairs to the K1 were completed to the satisfaction of BR to enable our locomotive to be placed on the BR official list of steam locos permitted to haul passenger trains over BR. On 15th.June, the NELPG special from Newcastle was hauled by the K1 from Battersby. On the return leg, the K1 put on the display of a lifetime on the rising 1 in 100 gradient near Commondale where a steady 30-35 m.p.h. was maintained with the eight coach train all the way up the bank. 4767 has a steam test on 25th June, BR being satisfied with the work done.

NELPG News 50, October 1975

NELPG News 50, October 1975

The S&D 150 Anniversary celebrations at Shildon.

NELPG News 51, December 1975

NELPG News 51, December 1975

Since the conclusion of the Stockton and Darlington celebrations, all three of the Group's locomotives have been in store in the roundhouse at Thomaby. It is intended that the locos stay at Thomaby until the end of December. There is an increasing need st Grosmont for more covered accommodation for locos. The need is for a further running shed where engines can be stored and light maintenance carried out. A search has therefore started for a second hand building and re-erected at Deviation.

NELPG News 52, February 1976

NELPG News 52, February 1976

Proposals are set out for 3 classes of locomotive in the Hire Agreement with NYMR. Following the S&D Cavalcade, the three NELPG locoa went to Thornaby prior to their appearance latar at Stockton Station, but Ian Storey's class five went to Grosmont whare, a fortnight later, it was booked to haul a special train to Pickering with 5428 On Monday 22nd December the cavalcade of NELPG locos was assembled outside of the Thornaby roundhouse with T2 2238 leading and the P3 and K1 following for the return to Grosmont. .

NELPG News 53, April 1976

NELPG News 53, April 1976

1976 finds NELPG in the unusual position of having no major project in hand!

NELPG News 54, June 1976

NELPG News 54, June 1976

The bulk of the development of the maintenance shed at Grosmont is either completed or programmed for early completion. With the number of fully restored locomotives condemned to spend all their lives in the open constantly increasing, thoughts turned some time age to the provision of further accomodation. Members approved a motion at NELPG's Annual General Meeting allowing the Group to join with others in financing the construction of a storage shed. Plans have been drawn up showing the layout of the shed and the associated sidings on their rather confined site and these have been submitted to the NYMR for their comments and hopefully their approval.

NELPG News 55, October 1976

NELPG News 55, October 1976

October 1976 marks the 10th Anniversary of the NELPG. We are now able to announce that Locomotive Hire Agreements have, at last, been signed for all our locos. During late August a structure was found which met very closely the desired specification for a loco storage shed. The building had been in use at Longmoor as a storage depot but had become surplus to Army requirements. The shed was purchased, and the dismantled parts delivered to Grosmont during September.

NELPG News 56, December 1976

NELPG News 56, December 1976

Things are slowly beginning to happen at Grosmont as work on the new storage shed continues. During November, a well known feature of the shed yard disappeared when Deviation Junction Signal Box was demolished.On Friday 29th, a record number of more than 90 members gathered into the upstairs room of the Bridge hotel, ten years and one day after NELPG's inaugural meeting which took place in the same room.

NELPG News 57, February 1977

NELPG News 57, February 1977

The winter maintenance programme is now in full swing. Progress on the new storage shed over the past few weeks has been largely oonfined to the disposal of the excess spoil from the site.

NELPG News 58, April 1977

NELPG News 58, April 1977

There is one theme which is becoming more and more prevalent, that ia the shortage of volunteers helping with. the Group's work.

The Group has recently been approached by Dr John Coiley, Keeper of the National Railway Museum at York, regarding the possibility of 2392 being loaned to tile NRM for a period of two or three years.

NELPG News 59, June 1977

NELPG News 59, June 1977

It is with great regret that we have to announce the death recently of our first Chairman, Major W.B. Greenfield. Bryce Greenfield, who was 59, had a passion for railways all his life. Members will be familiar with his photographs of steam in the North East in the pre-war era. and with his occasional articles on the subject in 'NELPG News'.

NELPG News 60, August 1977

NELPG News 60, August 1977

Last edition edited by Andy Scott who is moving to High Wycombe. The cover shows 2238 standing outside the repair shed at Grosmont bedecked in an ex Royal Train headboard before working trains on the Silver Jubilee holiday, 6.6.77. The back cover shows 2392 nears Beckhole on its last trip before withdrawal for a boiler overhaul on 5.6.77.

NELPG News 61, October 1977

NELPG News 61, October 1977

First edition edited by Roger Melton. Sunday 4th September saw the K1 haul it's first main line charter in preservation with the Metro Express.

NELPG News 62, December 1977

NELPG News 62, December 1977

The P3 arrives at the NRM. Thieves strike at Grosmont taking worksplates and whistles. Punk Rock has displaced railway preservation from its social meeting room at the Bridge Hotel. In acoordance with the wishes of the late Bryce Greenfield, the Group's first Chairman, his collection of railwayana has been begueathed to the Group. The number of items is considerable, the photographic collection alone numbering some several thousand items.

NELPG News 63, February 1978

NELPG News 63, February 1978

On Saturday 3rd December 1977 nearly forty NELPG members made their way to the National Railway Museum at York to take part in the formal handing-over ceremony of our P3 locomotive No. 2392. The storage shed is now our main project. Despite JCB failures,  permafrost,  torrential. ra.n, flooding and snow, progress·. has been made against all.the odds!

NELPG News 64, April 1978

NELPG News 64, April 1978

Following a year's work in preparing the site and steelwork, actual construction work on the storage shed has now started. It is of increasing concern that the responsibilities of running the Group and its activities, are falling on fewer and fewer shoulders. The loss of one or two key personnel could seriously prejudice the ability of the Group to fulfil these responsibilities.

NELPG News 65, June 1978

NELPG News 65, June 1978

The first roof trusses of the storage shed were erected on June 11th. The Q7 arrived April 7th on the NYMR and is under NELPG's care. It is currently stored at Goathland. Peter J Robinson becomes treasurer, Dave Pennock joins the committee.

NELPG News 66, August 1978

NELPG News 66, August 1978

The structural steelwork for the storage shed is complete.The group's storage van has been damaged beyond repair in a shunting accident at Grosmont.

NELPG News 67, October 1978

NELPG News 67, October 1978

1978 will probably be remembered as the first year in which the NELPG locomotives did no significant mileage on the NYMR. The reason for this, of course, is that we have only a limited number of volunteers available, and this year it was decided as a matter of policy to concentrate on building the new storage shed at Grosmont.

NELPG News 68, December 1978

NELPG News 68, December 1978

The Moorlander Railtour.

NELPG News 69, February 1979

NELPG News 69, February 1979

We are pleased to report that a formal agreement regarding the storage shed has been finalised with the NYMR and signed. The owners have also been involved in discussion regarding their responsibilities. The plan at present is that the owners original loan (which was based on the length of the loco to be stored) shall depreciate at the rate cf 5% of the original sum per annum so that in twenty years the shed will be wholly owned by NELPG. The NELPG committee is only too conscious of its mortality, though we all have ambitions of lasting a while yet, and so we have decided to embark on a training scheme in loco maintenance, in the hope of ensuring that the skills required to keep our engines in traffic will still be available in the future .

NELPG News 70, April 1979

NELPG News 70, April 1979

The long-awaited new access road was completed during late March. We regret to record the death in January of one of our members of long standing - Ted Smith. Chiefly, and deservedly, well known for his railway photographs, Ted was also the proud owner of the 0-6-0T No.31 "Meteor" on the NYMR, and was a familiar figure to workers at Grosmont. He will be greatly missed.

NELPG News 71, June 1979

NELPG News 71, June 1979

The North Eastern Railtour. The first cladding is fitted to the storage shed.

NELPG News 72, August 1979

NELPG News 72, August 1979

A replacement stores van, a GWR fruit van No. W112835 has been acquired. A busmans holiday group of 22 SVR volunteers under supervision of Andy Scott have laid 100 sleepers for the shed sidings and a further 100 sleepers and 140' of rail inside the shed.

NELPG News 73, October 1979

NELPG News 73, October 1979

An unfortunate dispute with NYMR regarding access to the repair shed led to the withdrawal of the K1 and T2 during the summer. A formal statement from the committee explains the situation from their point of view. The cover is the classic shot of the T2 awaiting departure at Grosmont with Terry Newman and Ian Storey in conversation. This issue sees a change in Editor, as previously mentioned, though this has not cane about by design . Roger Melton, who has most capably filled the editorial seat since 1977, has secured new employment in Salisbury which would have precluded his effectively continuing as Editor. However, his intended resignation of the post was foreshadowed by an unfortunate motor accident in which Roger suffered extensive , though not serious, injuries, and in extending our sincere thanks to Roger for his efforts over the last two years, the Group wishes him a speedy and complete recovery from his injuries. The new editor is John Hunt.

NELPG News 74, December 1979

NELPG News 74, December 1979

Locomotives enter the almost complete storage shed. Relations with the NYMR very much improved. Derek Hanson considers the issues of future planning.

NELPG News 75, February 1980

NELPG News 75, February 1980

The On 25th November 1979 work commenced on 2238' s major mechanical overhaul. To date the eccentrics, brake rigging, all the outside motion, and the sand pipes have been taken down to facilitate the removal of the rear two sets of driving wheels for axlebox repairs. The trailing wheels were removed on 2nd December using the N.E.R. steam crane, and the axleboxes were found to be well lubricated but worn.

NELPG News 76, April 1980

NELPG News 76, April 1980

It seems likely that henceforward the new shed will be known as 'Deviation shed' which seems appropriate since it lies on the site of the former Deviation signal box which once controlled the erstwhile line to Goathland via Beckhole incline. 4767 has been completely re-tubed and hydraulically tested.The cover shows Paul Smith, Ian Storey, Richard Cambell and Maurice Burns in the firebox of 4767 on 9th March after tube beading and hydraulic test to 330 p.s.i.

NELPG News 77, June 1980

NELPG News 77, June 1980

4767 is back in service and pulled part of the Tyne Tay Express railtour. The T2's tyres are turned at Thornaby. The Shear legs have been damaged by frost which has cracked the cylinder head.

NELPG News 78, August 1980

NELPG News 78, August 1980

Ted Parker and Richard Campbell join the Committee, Derek Hanson stands down as secretary. Mr N Miller writes about the technique for valve setting. Work continues on the T2 with Bill Harvey taking a close interest. All the axleboxes have been machined parallel and following further dimensioning of the axlebox horns, frames and wheelsets, three axleleboxes have had their boss faces (that rub against the wheel boss) white- metalled to reduce the side to side movement.

NELPG News 79, October 1980

NELPG News 79, October 1980

1980 is the first year that an N.E.L.P.G. locomotive has not been in service on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a decade. It is hoped that it will be possible to finish the T2 overhaul by the end of the year. A Tyne -Tay Express No 2 report. On 7th September Les Barwick and his P.W. gang re-aligned No.3 road into Deviation Shed to reduce its sharp curvature, and on the sane day pegged out the position of the third and final turnout which will connect No.5 road to the rail system.

NELPG News 80, December 1980

NELPG News 80, December 1980

One of the K1's long standing problems has been solved by the purchase of 2 replacement wheelsets from an LNER tender at Gateshead depot.

NELPG News 81, February 1981

NELPG News 81, February 1981

4767 hauls The Northumbrian railtour. 4767 suffered a fractured blower pipe between Newcastle and Carlisle. This was repaired by Ian Stoey at Upperby and the train then proceded with the second leg sown the Settle and Carlisle line to York.4767 is now based at Carnforth for working the Cumbrian Moutain Expresses.

NELPG News 84, August 1981

NELPG News 84, August 1981

NELPG News 100, April 1984

NELPG News 100, April 1984

NELPG News 101, June 1984

NELPG News 101, June 1984

NELPG News 102, August 1984

NELPG News 102, August 1984

NELPG News 103, October 1984

NELPG News 103, October 1984

NELPG News 104, December 1984

NELPG News 104, December 1984

NELPG News 105, February 1985

NELPG News 105, February 1985

NELPG News 106, April 1986

NELPG News 106, April 1986

NELPG News 107, June 1985

NELPG News 107, June 1985

NELPG News 108, August 1985

NELPG News 108, August 1985

NELPG News 109, October 1985

NELPG News 109, October 1985

NELPG News 110, December 1985

NELPG News 110, December 1985

NELPG News 111, February 1986

NELPG News 111, February 1986

NELPG News 112, April 1986

NELPG News 112, April 1986

NELPG News 113, June 1986

NELPG News 113, June 1986

NELPG News 114, August 1986

NELPG News 114, August 1986

NELPG News 115, October 1986

NELPG News 115, October 1986

NELPG News 116, December 1986

NELPG News 116, December 1986

NELPG News 117, February 1987

NELPG News 117, February 1987

NELPG News 118, April 1987

NELPG News 118, April 1987

NELPG News 119, June 1987

NELPG News 119, June 1987

NELPG News 120, August 1987

NELPG News 120, August 1987

NELPG News 121, October 1987

NELPG News 121, October 1987

NELPG News 122, December 1987

NELPG News 122, December 1987

NELPG News 123, February 1988

NELPG News 123, February 1988

NELPG News 124, April 1988

NELPG News 124, April 1988

NELPG News 125, June 1988

NELPG News 125, June 1988

NELPG News 126, August 1988

NELPG News 126, August 1988

NELPG News 127, October 1988

NELPG News 127, October 1988

NELPG News 128, December 1988

NELPG News 128, December 1988

NELPG News 129, February 1989

NELPG News 129, February 1989

NELPG News 130, April 1989

NELPG News 130, April 1989

"Silver Link" left York by road on 23rd February and made its slowest journey ever, at 15 mph, with two overnight stops arriving at its new home at the Stephenson Museum in Newcastle on the morning of the 25th, the tender arriving the previous day. The loco is now on loan to the Stephenson Museum Project for a minimum period of three years.

NELPG News 131, June 1989

NELPG News 131, June 1989

Maurice Burns and President Bill Harvey cut the K1 Fortieth Birthday cake at Grosmont on 10th June. The P3 is going to the Stephenson Museum in place of the J72 for events on 8th, 10th and llth June, and will then be repaired by acontractor. The J72 will now be loaned to the North Norfolk Railway for the period 5th June to 4th September.

NELPG News 132, August 1989

NELPG News 132, August 1989

On 1st August 1989 The Earl of Lindsay passed away peacefully in his sleep, following a long illness. The Group has always owed him a considerable debt of gratitude since it was his purchase of The Great Marquess that caused the K1 to be saved. In 1972 The Earl of Lindsay, as Lord Garnock, along with his colleagues Geoff Drury, Brian Hollingsworth and George Nissen donated the K1 to the NELPG. Since 1974 2005 has been the Group's "flagship" and has, hopefully, more than adequately fulfilled Lord Garnock's faith in making such a generous gesture.

NELPG News 133, October 1989

NELPG News 133, October 1989

NELPG News 134, December 1989

NELPG News 134, December 1989

NELPG News 135, February 1990

NELPG News 135, February 1990

NELPG's J72 is to spend the year on The East Somerset Railway. The East Somerset Railway is a long established railway 2 miles long and not to be confused with its bigger brother further west! Home of artist David Shepherd's locomotives, a 9F and Standard 4, the line is just the right length for the J72. The engine should leave the NYMR by 26th March for its trial run on 31st March prior to its first day in traffic on 1st April.

NELPG News 136, April 1990

NELPG News 136, April 1990

The group's main line support coach has been overhauled and has been turned out resplendent in Pullman style livery by the NYMR's Carriage and Wagon department at Pickering. During the ensuing week kitchen units, gas cooker, workbench, spanner and tool racks were fitted at Wilton.

NELPG News 137, June 1990

NELPG News 137, June 1990

With a new operating season now well under way the Group's activities are once again spread far and wide; in the depths of Somerset the J72 has found another unlikely home at Cranmore, and provides the mainstay of services to delightfully named Mendip Vale; over 500 miles to the north the K1 is once more doing the job for which it is best suited in the incomparable surroundings of Lochaber. The front cover shows a historic scene at Newcastle on 8th April 1990; 2005 and its support coach make a splendid sight as they cross the sad remains of the once famous diamond crossings at the east end of Central Station, The junction, now heavily rationalised, is soon to be poled and wired. The AGM passes the motion: "That assets and liabilities of the Group be transferred to a company limited by guarantee to be constituted under the name of 'North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group' on a date to be fixed by the committee as soon as Charitable Status has been granted".

NELPG News 138, August 1990

NELPG News 138, August 1990

One minute the P3 was a kit of parts, the next a working loco. Well done to all those who muscled in! The success story of the rapid assembly of the P3 is due to the loco being always on a loco pit (with lights) and good support from NELPG volunteers.

NELPG News 139, October 1990

NELPG News 139, October 1990

Following the P3 rebuilding at the Stephenson Museum, and light running in on two coach trains, the P3 engine and tender were moved to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway on August 8th & 9th respectively. On 30th September the Q7 entered revenue earning passenger service for the first time, working through to Pickering and back.

NELPG News 140, December 1990

NELPG News 140, December 1990

The committee is mindful that whilst the Group's locos have amassed over 8,000 miles between them this season, all but a few hundred have been away from the N.Y.M.R. Whilst there has been good reason for this, there is no doubt that Grosmont is the Group's base, and the opportunity to prove the point should not be missed.

NELPG News 141, February 1991

NELPG News 141, February 1991

Dave Martin writes: "On 2nd January 1991 the Companies Registration Office issued a Certificate of Incorporation certifying that: 'NORTH EASTERN LOCOMOTIVE PRESERVATION GROUP is this day incorporated under the Companies Act 1985 as a private company and that the Company is limited'. So we have achieved full company status - a Company limited by Guarantee - whilst retaining the Charitable status and being able to omit the word 'LIMITED' from the title."

NELPG News 142, April 1991

NELPG News 142, April 1991

Maurce burns writes about the history of Deviation Shed which is about to be refurbished. NELPG wins British Coal Steam Heratige Award. Andy Scott has considerably revised 'NORTH EASTERN REVIVAL'which is to be published as 'NORTH EASTERN RENAISSANCE' by Ian Allen, and will be priced at £5.95

NELPG News 143, June 1991

NELPG News 143, June 1991

The North Eastern Weekend on the NYMR had 4 NELPG locos in steam. The J72 returns from the East Somerset Railway and the J27 is ff to spend the summer on the B&KR.

NELPG News 144, August 1991

NELPG News 144, August 1991

Bill Harvey opening of the refurbished of Deviation Shed by on the J72s fortieth birthday. This was marked with a special cake and trips in the inspection saloon. As part of these ceremonies a special trip for ICI personnel was organised as a thank you from NELPG. During the journey Terry Newman gave a speech and a presentation to Ken Thompson on his retirement, thanking him for his own invaluable contribution as well as that from ICI as a whole towards the Group's success. The J72 then visits the South Devon Steam Railway.

NELPG News 145, October 1991

NELPG News 145, October 1991

NELPG Silver Jubilee special edition.

NELPG News 146, December 1991

NELPG News 146, December 1991

The silver jubilee celebraitions. Blue Peter's boiler is steamed for first time.

NELPG News 147, February 1992

NELPG News 147, February 1992

The completion of Blue Peter, and running in on NYMR.

NELPG News 148, April 1992

NELPG News 148, April 1992

Blue Peter enters main lin service.

NELPG News 149, June 1992

NELPG News 149, June 1992

The debate about NYMR locomotive policy continues, as yet unresolved. The P3 arrived by road at Llangollen on 21st May. When "Blue Peter" made its main line comeback on March 7th the one person missing on that memorable day was NELPG President Bill Harvey. NELPG were determined to let Bill, who recently celebrated his 85th birthday, enjoy a ride behind the A2 and a date of June 13th was agreed some time ago with David Madden, General Manager of the North Norfolk Railway, who was to escort Bill from his home in Norwich to Euston to join the train. "The Norfolkman" headboard was appropriately put on the locomotive. Bill said "Whoever thought of doing that -it was a marvellous gesture". The headboard was on kind loan for the day from the National Railway Museum who were more than happy to make Bill's day in view of his immense contribution to steam railway preservation.

NELPG News 150, August 1992

NELPG News 150, August 1992

Maurice Burns writes an appreceation of the late Captain Peter Manisty, DSC, MBE, RN(Retd), Chairman of the Association of Railway Preservation Societies. Nigel Hall proves it's faster from Mallaig to Ft William by bike! Part of the editorial makes interesting readng 20 years later: "The lack of a pit that is readily available for locomotive disposal, examination and repair has been a source of concern for many years. At a time when safety and professionalism are given ever increasing priority, the ability to service and inspect steam engines efficiently is of paramount importance, a fact recognised by the Scotrail auditor."

NELPG News 151, October 1992

NELPG News 151, October 1992

NELPG locos star at Thornaby open day. Blue Peter visits the GCR.

NELPG News 152, December 1992

NELPG News 152, December 1992

NELPG sets up a subsidiary trading company called "NELPG Enterprises Limited" in order to support its "trading" activity. Colin Smith takes over as membership secretary.

NELPG News 153, February 1993

NELPG News 153, February 1993

Further investigations on the P3 cylinder block by checking the cylinder wall thickness, using ultrasonic and magnetic Particle surface crack detection tests, have revealed a number of cracks in the bores, including one repaired by BR or perhaps even earlier in the loco's life. A specialist contractor commenced work on 12th January to repair the affected area by a process known as 'metal stitching'. Blue Peter has returned from GCR to the NRM at York.

NELPG News 154, April 1993

NELPG News 154, April 1993

Against all the odds the K1 did, after all, make history on 28th March when it hauled two packed trains from Darlington to Stanhope and Eastgate. Gordon Wells is victim of an an accident when part of the NRM MPD roof fell onto his head. The campaign to save the Weardale railway west of Bishop Auckland is gathering momentum and the K1 steam specials undoubtedly helped to focus public attention on the line's fate. A preservation society has now been formed.

NELPG News 155, June 1993

NELPG News 155, June 1993

On 2nd May A2 pulls Scarborough Flyer, then three weeks later deputises for 71000 and later in the same week a Cumbrian Mountain Express. On 16th May Andrew Dow, Keeper of the National Railway Museum, and his family, and also our President, Bill Harvey visited the NYMR to see the Q7 in action. Along with the committee and working members, plus NYMR acting head Ken Kitching, they travelled in style in the Great Western saloon behind the Q7 following a short ceremony to affix the commemorative brass plaques to the locomotive at Grosmont station.

NELPG News 156, August 1993

NELPG News 156, August 1993

Arthur Robinson and George Atkinson have spent many hours at home in Northallerton building three excellent double display cases. These were installed in the shed and filled with a selection of photographs to illustrate the Group's achievements over the last 25 years. K1 plays Hamish the Highland Engine at the NYMR Thomas weekend. 2005 was in traffic on 5th June to work a special 70th birthday train for Brian Hollingsworth, one of the Group's vice presidents. Brian was on of those responsible for the donation of the K1 to the Group in the early 1970's and expressed his satisfaction in the way we have invested in and maintained the loco over the years.

NELPG News 157, October 1993

NELPG News 157, October 1993

Scott Ghillies and Kathleen Harding commence firing at Fort William.

NELPG News 158, December 1993

NELPG News 158, December 1993

The A2 successfully works the Edinburgh Glasgow 150 specials with the A4. Then the ill fated Aberdonian only reaches Perth. NELPG acquires the Hartlepool station clock.

NELPG News 159, February 1994

NELPG News 159, February 1994

The engineers from the A1 project, who plan to scratch build a new Al, came to see the (almost!) real thing, Blue Peter, whilst it was at ICI. BR is about to dissapear. In future any train operator will require a 'Licence to Run'; this is only possible when a 'Certificate of Engineering Acceptance' has been obtained from Railtrack for the coaching stock and the locomotive. It will be up to the NELPG to obtain the necessary certificates. Mike Oliver, one time NELPG committee member and long serving volunteer, has been appointed as NYMR Running Foreman at Grosmont MPD.

NELPG News 160, April 1994

NELPG News 160, April 1994

On 31st March the NELPG and the GCR reached agreement on a five and a half year loan that would see the A4 2509 Silver Link (and later, perhaps, 60019 Bittern!) returned to full working order by the GCR staff at Loughborough. agreement has now be obtained to operate the K1 2005 on The North Eastern railtour from Darlington, through Durham to Newcastle under the East Coast Main line overhead wires.

NELPG News 161, June 1994

NELPG News 161, June 1994

It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of Bill Harvey, NELPG President and a steam legend in his own lifetime. Andy Scott, long time NELPG member and one time editor of the NEWS, not to mention holding other committee portfolios, being appointed the new head of the National Railway Museum at York.

NELPG News 162, August 1994

NELPG News 162, August 1994

A summer of railtours. However, the A2 suffered a severe slip near Daisyfield Junction signal box, on the climb out of Blackburn - resulted in damage to the valve gear. K1 and K4 haul the West Highland Centenary Special. The A2 hauls The Aberdonian.

NELPG News 163, October 1994

NELPG News 163, October 1994

The Durham incident.

NELPG News 164, December 1994

NELPG News 164, December 1994

NELPG News 165, February 1995

NELPG News 165, February 1995

First issue of the news set on a PC using Windows.

NELPG News 166, April 1995

NELPG News 166, April 1995

BR Blue Peter Durham Incident Enquiry report made available.

NELPG News 167, June 1995

NELPG News 167, June 1995

Bill Dobson and Alan Toomer stand down as director, to be replaced by Clive Goult and Colin Smith. A deal has been struck to enable the continuation of steam between Fort William and Mallaig.

NELPG News 168, August 1995

NELPG News 168, August 1995

NELPG News 169, October 1995

NELPG News 169, October 1995

NELPG News 170, December 1995

NELPG News 170, December 1995

NELPG News 171, February 1996

NELPG News 171, February 1996

NELPG News 172, April 1996

NELPG News 172, April 1996

NELPG News 173, June 1996

NELPG News 173, June 1996

Blue Peter passes steam test and moves for the first time since the Durham incident. Blue Peter returns to the NYMR for running in.

NELPG News 174, August 1996

NELPG News 174, August 1996

NELPG News 175, October 1996

NELPG News 175, October 1996

NELPG News 176, December 1996

NELPG News 176, December 1996

Blue Peter pulls North Briton, the first railtour after the rebuild. Not mentioned in this edition of the news was that after filming on 11th November, it was found that a fusible plug in Blue Peter's firebox had partially melted. The editor had not anticipated the consequences of this event, which sent shockwaves through the group.

NELPG News 177, February 1997

NELPG News 177, February 1997

Clive Goult appointed Fitter on NYMR. NELPG were awarded AIRPS 1996 annual award for the rebuilding of Blue Peter after the Durham incident. The death was announced of Charles Dean.

NELPG News 178, April 1997

NELPG News 178, April 1997

Bittern to be removed from the LNER Collection agreement and sold by Geoff Drury to Flying Scotsman Railways.

NELPG News 179, June 1997

NELPG News 179, June 1997

Fred Ramshaw and Eric Nott elected as directors, Gordon Wells and Peter Robinson stand down. Blue Peter is involved in a bomb scare at Crewe.

NELPG News 180, August 1997

NELPG News 180, August 1997

NELPG News 181, October 1997

NELPG News 181, October 1997

Partnership with ICI ends. Maurice Burns resigns as CME.

NELPG News 182, December 1997

NELPG News 182, December 1997

Loco sub committee decides upon system of locomotive caretakers assigned to each locootive. Martin Lloyd is to investigate the construction of a pit and a workshop / store within deviation shed.

NELPG News 183, February 1998

NELPG News 183, February 1998

A2 fails FTR exam before Cumbrian Mountain Express with blowing superheater element. Colin Smith stands down from board. Dave Whitfield takes over chair of loco sub-committee.

NELPG News 184, April 1998

NELPG News 184, April 1998

Maurice Burns resignes as Chairman and director. EGM agrees an intermediate boiler overhaul of Blue Peter.

NELPG News 185, June 1998

NELPG News 185, June 1998

John Hunt becomes Chairman. Dave Martin and Martin Lloyd join the board.

NELPG News 186, August 1998

NELPG News 186, August 1998

NELPG finally leaves No 5 depot at ICI Wilton. The deaths are reported of Dr John Coiley, the first Keeper of the new National Railway Museum at York, and of Bruce Poole, an enthusiastic volunteer and a regular support crew member.

NELPG News 187, October 1998

NELPG News 187, October 1998

Gordon Wells summarises our 15 years of tenure of ICI No 5 depot. Colin Hatton resigns as secretary and director.

NELPG News 188, December 1998

NELPG News 188, December 1998

The J27 hauls the Captain Cook Pullman, the first NYMR train from Whitby. Dave Martin takes over role as secretary.

NELPG News 189, February 1999

NELPG News 189, February 1999

Special trip for ICI on 8th October. MIC classes organised.

NELPG News 190, April 1999

NELPG News 190, April 1999

NELPGossip launched. Deviation shed flooded with raw sewage. Dave Whitfield stands down as deputy chairman and director. Geoff Drury becomes President of the group.

NELPG News 191, June 1999

NELPG News 191, June 1999

New base found in S&D Hopetown Carriage Works, Darlington, to replace No. 5 depot. K1 participates in "Steam on the Met". Clive Goult resignes as director. Richard Pearson coopted to board.

NELPG News 192, August 1999

NELPG News 192, August 1999

J27 spends summer on KWVR.

NELPG News 193, December 1999

NELPG News 193, December 1999

Death announced of our president, Geoff Drury.

NELPG News 194, December 1999

NELPG News 194, December 1999

John Graham becomes CME replacing Ian Story who has occupied the post on a temporary basis for the last 18 months. Newcastle University Railway Society hold a reunion at Grosmont on 9th October. The death was anounced of Alan Ramsey, a long time supporter of the group, a regular working volunteer and a keen photographer.

NELPG News 195, February 2000

NELPG News 195, February 2000

1999 Railway Safety Regulations reviewed by Gordon Wells. Group plans to fit TPWS to its main line locomotives.

NELPG News 196, April 2000

NELPG News 196, April 2000

Blue Peter hauls the Geoff Drury memorial train on 8th April carrying the Albatross nameplates. Rupert Drury drives his own locomotive, taking the controls from Bury to Rawtenstall and back.NELPG is on the web! A nomination for the Committee has been received from Maurice Burns. A statement from the Committee concerning this nomination accompanies the AGM Supplement.

NELPG News 197, June 2000

NELPG News 197, June 2000

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NELPG News 212, December 2002

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NELPG News 218, December 2003

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NELPG News 219, February 2004

NELPG News 220, April 2004

NELPG News 220, April 2004

The P3 has reverted to NER livery and is back on NYMR after working on the East Lancs Railway, where it was used on 35 occasions and ran 2,138 miles.  The Q6 (T2) overhaul continues with work on axleboxes, horn stay bolt holes, new cab sides etc being undertaken.  Boiler work continues with copper welding taking place.  The K1 winter maintenance is complete and the loco is back on NYMR after a visit to Thornaby for tyre turning.  A report is given of the Lancashire railtours.

NELPG News 221, June 2004

NELPG News 221, June 2004

The P3 has returned from the East Lancs Railway to NYMR. A RHS injector problem has been resolved by replacing the valve nose.  The P3 worked the Lambton Worm on 26 June and will visit the Weardale Railway for the reopening trains.  Q6 is progressing well towards rewheeling and good progress is being made with the boiler.  The K1 attended Railfest at York prior to travelling to Fort William with the B1.  A hot RHS trailing coupled wheel axlebox was repaired following a return of the engine to Carnforth and considerable effort.  Q7 is not at NRM Shildon.  Martin Lloyd writes a moving obituary for Martin Pearson.

NELPG News 222, August 2004

NELPG News 222, August 2004

Jackie Maples has replaced Dave Martin as Secretary and Bryan Orange has been appointed as Education Officer.  The P3 is on the Weardale Railway where it worked on the reopening trains and gained much publicity for the Group.  It worked the first steam train since the K1 visited the line in 1993.  The result of the Q6 livery ballot is that it will be finished in unlined black with late BR crests circa 1957-67.  The axleboxes are now finished and the horn liner fitted bolts replaced.  The spring hanger brackets have been straightened.  The K1 is working on the West Highland with a B1.

NELPG News 223, October 2004

NELPG News 223, October 2004

The K1 is working on the West Highland Extension. It will operate a repeat of the Lancashire Circle trip on 16 October than return to NYMR for winter maintenance. The J72 is stored in the deviation shed. Work is underway to provide a rail link between Hopetown Works and the DPRS running line to enable easier access for loading/unloading locos. The Q6 has been successfully re-wheeled by Durham Lifting at Hopetown . Work continues with hornstays and springs fitted. Boiler work is continuing albeit delayed due to copper welding. The P3 has returned to the NYMR after working over 2000 miles on the Weardale Railway, working on 43 different days. A problem was experienced with contaminated water at Stanhope. The P3 is being used for driver experience trains on the NYMR.

NELPG News 224, December 2004

NELPG News 224, December 2004

The P3 is on the NYMR where it has hauled the recently overhauled LNERCA teak coaches. It also worked the Members Special and several days of service train running. The metal stitching cylinder repair has been redone, as previous repair had started leaking after 3 years. The P3 has been moved back to Weardale to work over Christmas. Work has started to rebore the LH cylinder and valves of the Q6 to fit liners. RHS cylinder liner removed and crack discovered requiring metal stitching repair. New piston valve rings are being made by Maurice Johnson. Boiler progress slow as NYMR concentrate on Sir Nigel Gresley boiler. The K1 has worked on West highland photo charters as 62012. Also worked 2 Lancashire Circle trains and 2 Grosmont / Middlesbrough trips. Winter maintenance to include replacing brass on RHS trailing axlebox and ashpan repair. Loco due 20,000/25,000 mile examination as per NELPG Loco Policy. J72 has been moved to Hopetown, using the new connection into the workshop. Membership as of December 2004 stood at 566.

NELPG News 225, February 2005

NELPG News 225, February 2005

Jude Irwin writes about she came to be working at Hopetown with her father. Fred Ramshaw writes about the Hopetown carriage works. The J72 is in store at Hopetown. The K1 winter maintenance is going to plan. The RHS trailing axle box brass has been replaced as has the RHS leading coupling brass. The small end bushes are to be replaced. The refitting of Q6 brakegear is almost complete. Tom Snowball is making a new set of sandpipes and brackets. The slide bars have been refitted after grinding. A new LH cylinder cladding sheet has been made. The P3 is on the Weardale Railway. The cylinder casting has been inspected following the metal stitching repair and has been found to be leaking. Further inspection due in February. Since overhaul the P3 has run 35,453 miles. In 2004 it ran 1152 miles on the East Lancs Railway, 2080 on the NYMR and 2196 on the Weardale Railway.

NELPG News 226, April 2005

NELPG News 226, April 2005

The cylinder casting of the P3 has been inspected by the NYMR and found not to be fit for heavy duties there. It is fit for light duties and the loco has been used to steam het the dining train on two occasions. The cylinder block will have to be removed from the loco for repair which would take place at an overhaul. Talks are being held with Locomotion Shildon regarding the loco spending the summer working there. The Q6 cylinder liners have been fitted. Eccentric straps have been fitted allowing the eccentric rods to be fitted too, completing assembly of the valve gear. The buffer beam has been refitted. The cylinder mechanical lubricator has been overhauled and the other lubrication and trimmings completed. The front faces of the cylinders have been machined prior to the fitting of the covers. The sanding linkage is almost complete. The boiler is progressing at Grosmont with an estimated May steaming date. The K1 winter maintenance is complete. Fox hunting protestors stop the K1 whilst in traffic on NYMR. J72 lottery bid result to be known in April.

NELPG News 227, June 2005

NELPG News 227, June 2005

The P3 is now at Locomotion Shildon where it will work on the "goods weekend". The AGM approved the overhaul of the locomotive. The Q6 frames have returned to the NYMR after fitting of pistons and connecting rods. It was run to Pickering for turning for the first time in 22 years. The boiler overhaul is not going well however. The K1 has travelled to Fort William for the seasons Jacobite work and a detailed report is made. The J72 smokebox has been stripped of parts and the cab roof removed. Malcolm Middleton writes about the North Road Scrap Yard.

NELPG News 228, August 2005

NELPG News 228, August 2005

The Q6 frames are now stored in the deviation Shed awaiting completion of the boiler by NYMR, on which progress is slow. Work commences on repainting the tender. The P3 is at Locomotion Shildon where it has steamed a number of times including at the goods weekend. The K1 is in regular use on the Jacobite having run on 31 occasions by 21 August, including on 21 consecutive days. The J72 boiler has been lifted of the frames at Hopetown and a start made on removing boiler tubes. It is now apparent that the cracking to the cylinder block is worse than feared. The livery ballot is announced and a revised bid submitted to the HLF. A membership review has demonstrated that there is a dearth of younger members. Martin Lloyd and Ian Pearson have passed out as steam drivers on the NYMR.

NELPG News 229, October 2005

NELPG News 229, October 2005

The P3 is working at Locomotion Shildon. The Q6 overhaul is awaiting completion of the boiler which is progressing slowly. Keith Hudspeth is making good progress with painting the tender. The costs of the overhaul are set out. The K1 has been returned from Fort William early "dead" following discovery of a firebox crack which required a boiler lift. The boiler is being examined to determine extent of work required. The EGM will consider whether the 10 yearly overhaul should be undertaken now, or in 3 years. The J72 wheelsets have not been removed. All boiler tubes have removed. The HLF decision is awaited . The result of the livery ballot is that the J72 will be finished in BR apple green station pilot livery.

NELPG News 230, January 2006

NELPG News 230, January 2006

The P3 is at Locomotion at Shildon where the boiler ticket has been extended to 10 June 2006. The Q6 boiler repair is still awaited and is holding up progress on the overhaul. Maurice Johnson has been contracted to fit the valves. Work continues with painting the tender. The EGM has approved a spend of £200k for the K1 overhaul and it has since been discovered that a new boiler back plate will be required. Work on the axle and axle boxes is almost complete. Richard Campbell is overhauling the drivers brake ejector. It has been decided to remove the J72 cylinder castings from the frames for assessment to determine how they should be repaired. The axle boxes are being examined. All the horn faceplates will have to be renewed. New side rod bushes have been cast. NELPG membership stands at 561.

NELPG News 231, February 2006

NELPG News 231, February 2006

The P3 has been steamed at Locomotion, Shildon. The Q6 is in the Deviation Shed awaiting completion of the boiler overhaul by NYMR. The piston valves are ready for fitting. The K1 firebox side repairs are now complete. It has been decided to replace the backplate with the work to be undertaken by Alan McEwan in a very short timeframe. Two small areas of firebox plate have also been replaced using Huck Fasteners in the repair process. The frames have been taken to Thonaby for tyre turning by road saving considerable expense and time. The J72 cylinder casting has been removed from the frames for cleaning and examination. Heavy sacle has been removed from inside the boiler whilst the paint has been stripped from the wheels. Plans are being developed for NELPG 40th anniversary events.

NELPG News 232, April 2006

NELPG News 232, April 2006

A lottery grant of £50,000 has been awarded toward the restoration of the J72, and now repairs and overhaul may begin. Thanks to Dave Pennock for the lottery success. The cylinder block is likely to need costly cast iron welded repair. The P3 approaches the end of its boiler ticker and is working at NRM Shildon, prior to moving to Darlington for the North Road Works 40th Anniversary weekend celebrations. The Q6 boiler work continues and the firebox work is complete. Work has started on the new smokebox. The K1 overhaul is progressing and a detailed report is provided, including work to the blastpipe and the new backhead.

NELPG News 233, Summer 2006

NELPG News 233, Summer 2006

The last fire was dropped from the P3 at North Road works on Monday 29 May 2006, prior to overhaul. The P3 is stored temporarily in the Hopetown Workshop, until ground conditions allow a move to the Museum. Since 1996, it has ran over 35,000 miles on 7 different railways and 2 museum sites. The Q6 boiler overhaul is progressing, but the engine will not steam in 2006. The K1 10 yearly overhaul is completed in nine months! A detailed report is provided. Work continues on the J72, particularly with the axle boxes and the cylinder block is taken to Cast Iron Welding Services for repair. An appeal is to be launched for the overhaul of the P3.

NELPG News 234, August 2006

NELPG News 234, August 2006

The P3 is on display in Darlington North Road Railway Museum. The Q6 boiler overhaul is all but complete. Keith Hudspeth paints the tender. The K1 travelled to Fort William on 24 July after a loaded test run on the 20th. After a few days in traffic work was needed on a firebox stud, cylinder lubricator and smokebox spark arrester. Work continues on the J72 with work on the eccentric straps, spring hanger bolts and new axle box crowns and horn face wear plates cast. The outside of the boiler has been needle gunned. The J27 appeal is launched. The 40th anniversary railtour may be over Shap and Ais Gill.

NELPG News 235, September 2006

NELPG News 235, September 2006

The Q6 boiler passes the insurance company hydraulic test and the first fire since 1982 is lit on1 October. Sorry but no dropping or rocking grate yet! Work on the tender progresses. The K1 is at Fort William and problems with other locos means extra work and changes of planned wash out arrangements. The repaired J72 cylinder block is back at Hopetown. Work is complete on removing scale from the boiler. Possible railtour options include a rerun of the SLS Three Dales railtour. The 40th Anniversary meeting is to be held on 28 October at the original venue.

NELPG News 236, December 2006

NELPG News 236, December 2006

After the Q6 boiler passed the required tests it was found that the boiler expansion bracket had been wrongly fitted, requiring remedial work, with taper wedges fitted. The rest of the boiler contract is to complete including fitting of regulator rod, regulator etc. Work continues in pipe fitting, cladding etc. The K1 returned from Fort William to Carnforth and then to the NYMR to run the Esk Valley service. The front pony truck has been removed for axle box work and remedial repairs found to be necessary to the front pin. A crack has also been found on the exhaust steam side requiring a welded repair. The J72 cylinder casting holes are now reamed and valve faces refaced. Work has been done in smartening the Deviation Shed. The 40th Anniversary Meeting is reported.

NELPG News 237, February 2007

NELPG News 237, February 2007

The Q6 superheater header is fitted and hydraulically tested. The top half of the cab and roof are re-fitted and progress with boiler cladding is good. A new design of firebars is produced. The K1 is back on the NYMR after winter maintenance, with much work undertaken including the fitting of a blow down valve and new spark arrester. The J72 cylinder block is reassembled and is hydraulically tested, and fitted back into the frames.

NELPG News 238, April 2007

NELPG News 238, April 2007

The P3 is to be moved from North Road Museum to Hopetown for exploratory works prior to overhaul. Q6 has moved into the main repair shed and reassembly works restart. Pipework is being fitted in the cab and holes drilled in the smokebox so that it can be bolted down. Main steam pipes to be fitted. The K1 passed VAB tests and annual boiler inspection and is now fitted with operational OTMR. K1 used for crew training on Esk Valley line as part of NYMR preparations for running to Whitby. The K1 will be on the NYMR until May when it will haul the Three Dales Railtour and then travel to Carnforth then Fort William. The J72 cylinder block is back in the frames and running plate and supports refitted with work on axleboxes progressing well. A2 Blue Peter to move to Barrow Hill when North Road Museum closes. K1 livery ballot decided on early emblem BR black. Maurice Burns remembers the original Three Dales Railtour and Norman Crockit reports on the Hopetown open days.

NELPG News 239, June 2007

NELPG News 239, June 2007

The J27 is moved from North Road Museum into the Hopetown workshop, with the tender being stored outside until we have space to accommodate it. From now on to save confusion, the J27 is the J27, not the P3! Exploratory work will commence after cleaning of the loco. The Q6 enters the final stages of overhaul, with a number of jobs still to do. The K1 is working the Jacobite again this year, with Black Fives 45231 and 45407. The Three Dales Railtour, visiting Leyburn, Bishop Auckland and the Tees Coast is a success, as is Martin Lloyds on location catering .

NELPG News 240, August 2007

NELPG News 240, August 2007

A fire is lit in the Q6 boiler for the first time in 25 years on 12 July, with the engine moving under its own steam for the first time since 1982 on 20 July. The J27 literally stars on the cover of Steam Railway September edition adorned with a replica "blue star". The K1 is performing well on the Jacobite, with only normal maintenance required, but has experienced several broken springs which have been replaced by the support crews. The J72 rebuild continues with the brake gear and eccentric rods fitted.

NELPG News 241, October 2007

NELPG News 241, October 2007

The Q6 officially re-entered traffic at NYMR on 6 September, carrying the famous blue star. After first steaming in July, it ran into Grosmont station on 29 August for the first time in 25 years for a period of running in. The K1 finishes another Jacobite season with its 71st day in traffic and returns to Carnforth. A start has been made removing the tubes from the J27 boiler, and removing concrete from the smoke box to allow the blast pipe to be removed. The J72 boiler overhaul awaits awarding the contract and one of the piston rods has been found to be bent, requiring specialist straightening, after the head is split from the rod. Possible progress with Blue Peter announced.

NELPG News 242, December 2007

NELPG News 242, December 2007

The job of removing the boiler tubes from the J27 has reached the halfway point. Since returning to traffic the Q6 has run 1760 miles including a successful photo charter reported in this edition. The K1 is very busy helping to recreate the 1965 SLS Whitby Moors Railtour with K4 61994 The Great Marquess. K1 was taken to Thornaby to have its tyres turned there for the last time. The Tees-Don Express railtour to Barrow Hill was a success for the K1 and K4. The K1 then travelled to Carnforth for winter maintenance. The J72 piston head and rod have been pressed together at Ian Storeys. Fred Ramshaw is interviewed by Blue Peters Zoe Salmon in the smokebox of Blue Peter. As of December 2007, NELPG had 600 members.

NELPG News 243, February 2008

NELPG News 243, February 2008

Work continues stripping the J27 for its overhaul. The Q6 has now run 3200 miles since re-entering traffic in September. Boiler drain valve joint required replacing and a tender spring had to be replaced, with a temporary loan made from the Q7 (thanks to the NRM). K1 winter maintenance continues at Carnforth, with a visit to Keighley and Worth Valley Railway spring gala to follow. Good progress is being made with the mechanical reassembly of the J72. The support coach passes the annual "C" exam, after some remedial work. K1 to haul the East Coast Explorer railtour.

NELPG News 244, April 2008

NELPG News 244, April 2008

The J27 boiler is now empty of tubes and stripping of components continues, along with the removal of the concrete in the smokebox. The Q6 is operational on the NYMR but inexperience in preparation by crews is causing problems with the steam reverser. The K1 is also operational on the NYMR after attending the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway spring gala. West Coast Railway Company has won the tender to overhaul the J72 boiler. This work will involve the trick work to wasted girder stays. The K1 East Coast Explorer railtour is selling well. NELPG comes to the help of 60009 Union of South Africa at Thornaby.

NELPG News 245, June 2008

NELPG News 245, June 2008

The K1 hauls another successful railtour, though we were unable to run through Sunderland and along the coast. The dismantling of the J27 continues, the Q6 goes to Railfest at NRM, York. The K1 runs a hot ponytruck bearing at Glenfinnan and NELPG crisis management team swings into action. Prize winners of the J27 prize draw are announced.

NELPG News 246, August 2008

NELPG News 246, August 2008

After the J72 boiler is lifted onto a low loader to go to Carnforth, the boiler is lifted from the J27 frames. The Q6 continues to perform well on the NYMR but with heavy wear on the crossheads and a problem with the injector. The K1 continues to break springs on theest Highland, but otherwise performs to its usual high standard. The J72 has moved for the first time since it was rewheeled. Maurice Burns discribes his exploits photographing the North Eastern Explorer railtour including shots from the Transporter Bridge. Next door, Tornado moved for the first time under its own steam.

NELPG News 247, October 2008

NELPG News 247, October 2008

The K1's successful season at Fort William has come to an end and the loco returned to Carnforth after a pony tyre problem. One highlight of the season was the lifeboat gala. Winter maintenance is now underway. The J27 is being dismantled. The Q6 has been in traffic almost continously and maintenance work planned. Work continues at Carnforth on the J72 boiler whilst at Hopetown the painting team is busy.

NELPG News 248, December 2008

NELPG News 248, December 2008

We have 70 working members of whom 34 attended the December "bunfight". Chris Lawson becomes archivist. Cast Iron Welding examine the J27 cylinder block, whilst on 27th November the driving wheels were removed after Durham Lifting jacked up the frames. After 7165 miles in 2008, the Q6 has been withdrawn for winter maintenance. Adam Dalgleish is fitting a blowdown valve. The K1 winter maintenance is well underway at Carnforth: pony truck tyres removed and wheels sent to Devon, cylinder valves bored, axleboxes refurbished. At Carnforth, work on the J72 boiler continues, whilst at Hopetown, the mechanical work is almost complete bar the snagging list. The group anounce a proposed railtour over the S&C on May bank holiday.

NELPG News 249, February 2009

NELPG News 249, February 2009

Andrew Scott becomes the Group's President, Ben Duncan takes over from Jackie Maples as secretary and Eric Nott stands down from the committee. In the workshop the cylinder block is removed from the J27. The Q6 has its wheels turned at Crewe before visiting the Great Central Railway. The K1 has its new pony tyres and cylinder valves. Copper welding is completed on the J72; boiler work continues. Blue Peter is having a repaint, and A1 Tornado makes its first public run. In Deviation Shed the new pit has been dug.

NELPG News 250, April 2009

NELPG News 250, April 2009

The Q6 has returned from a most successful sojourn on the Great Central Railway. The Group’s railtour over the Settle and Carlisle line behind the K1 on 4th May is a sell out. The bad news is that the J27 WILL require a brand new cylinder block at an estimated cost of around £50,000. Furthermore, it is expected that the K1 will need a new set of tyres this winter. 

NELPG News 251, June 2009

NELPG News 251, June 2009

It is likely that the J27 driving wheel sets will be sent to the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland workshops to have crankpins turned and tyres re-profiled. Quotes obtained for new cabsides. The Q6 continues in service on the NYMR. The K1 has been busy, with a trip to Barrow Hill for the LNER weekend, to Tyseley for tyre turning, where it was steamed at the Easter event, then back to Carnforth for the successful North Eastern Mountaineer Railtour. After came the move to Fort William, where after just over one week in service, a return to Carnforth was made for firebox repairs, then back to Fort William to resume Jacobite service. New driving wheel tyres ordered through the South Devon Railway. The J72 boiler work is almost complete and the valves are to be set soon. The new pit has been completed in the Deviation Shed. The fund raising committee has got new members. Ken Hedley takes us to the Blyth and Tyne branch railway.

NELPG News 252, August 2009

NELPG News 252, August 2009

The J72 boiler passes the official insurance hydraulic test at Carnforth and the boiler ticket begins to tick. The J72 axles along with those of the J27 pass ultrasonic and other tests. The J27 cylinder block is likely to take 8 months to manufacture and cost around £60,000. The Q6 sustains a valve ring failure in traffic at NYMR and a new ring is made and fitted. This was followed by a minor firebox leak to be attended to. The K1 has now run over 3000 miles on the Jacobite this year and is back in action following firebox repairs and a return trip to Carnforth. Martin Lloyd is recovering from his injuries sustained in NELPG action and reports his experiences.

NELPG News 253, October 2009

NELPG News 253, October 2009

Work continues on stripping and examination of J27. The steam brake cylinder has been found to be sound and has been re-assembled and painted. Options are under consideration for replacing the cylinder block. A HLF application will be submitted for the J27 by October. The Q6 has run 5580 miles on NYMR since May and the list for winter maintenance has been drawn up. The K1 has completed another Jacobite season with some photo charters and has returned to Carnforth. Since May 2009, the K1 has operated on Network Rail on 66 days and covered 6,156 miles. The J72 boiler has passed the insurance company steam test outside the frames at Carnforth. A new steam pipe has been made by Induction Pipe Bending of Washington. The Annual Luncheon Special has been another sell out success. 66727 named after NELPG President!

NELPG News 254, December 2009

NELPG News 254, December 2009

The overhauled J72 boiler has been lifted back into the frames at Hopetown and re-assembly work continues apace. The gauge-glass protectors for both the J72 and J27 are missing from the stores. Work on the J27 awaits HLF bid. Q6 awaits winter maintenance. The K1 driving wheel sets are being re-tyred at Buckfastleigh, in Devon. The May 2010 Railtour is likely to visit Northumberland. First aid training is held at Hopetown thanks to Andy Fyfe. Membership at end of 2009 was 629.

NELPG News 255, February 2010

NELPG News 255, February 2010

NELPG News 255, February 2010 The Garfield Western Foundation has donated £5,000 for J27. J27 HLF bid however has been unsuccessful; but the overhaul is now to progress. The driving wheel sets have sent to the Railway Preservation of Ireland for crank pins to be machined and tyres to be re-profiled and progress can be made towards ordering the new cylinder block. Q6 and K1 winter maintenance continues. Neal Woods gives a detailed report of K1 wheel sets being re-tyred at South Devon Railway. Morrisons have donated photos taken in North Road Works

NELPG News 256, April 2010

NELPG News 256, April 2010

J72 steams for the first time in 14 years, at Hopetown and passes Insurance Company test. Painting to be completed at NRM Shildon, where J72 will be the operational locomotive until early August. The J72 is to appear alongside K1, Tornado, V2 and Furness 20 at an event in May. J27 wheel set work progressing well in Northern Ireland. LH leading tyre may need to be replaced as otherwise 'wheel wobble' type problem means that all tyres would have to be re-profiled almost to scrapping size to accommodate problem wheel set. Q6 winter maintenance progresses slowly as resources are focused on J72 and K1. AGM to be held at Shildon, NRM. Ken Hedley recalls a recent journey along the Blyth and Tyne line.

NELPG News 257, June 2010

NELPG News 257, June 2010

Work progresses on the new J27 cylinder block with the core models being made and it is hoped that the new cylinder will be cast this summer.  Work on the wheel sets in Northern Ireland is complete.  TheQ6 is now back in traffic with the motion being reassembled at the end of May and a fracture to the RH cylinder being metal stitched.  The K1 is now in Scotland working on the Jacobite after appearing at the Locomotion NE Giants of Steam event, missing the railtour due to a cylinder fracture, repair and a period of running on the NYMR.  The J72 was officially launched at Shildon on 18 June, where it is working until mid summer.  Dave Pennock reports on the Blyth Spirit Railtour.

NELPG News 258, August 2010

NELPG News 258, August 2010

Sadly, after only two weeks in action on the Jacobite the K1 was withdrawn from traffic because of a leaking large flue tube. Investigation showed that there was a fracture in one of the flues at the smokebox end such that it was deemed necessary to carry out further detailed examination of the tube and any others that might have a similar problem. To do this it was reluctantly decided to return the K1 to Carnforth. Maurice Burns writes of his chance meeting with Albert Hawman, an ex BR steam driver from Darlington. now aged 97. With an excellent memory he shared his reminiscences of the steam age and a 50 year railway career that ended with a very special “last steam turn”.

NELPG News 259, October 2010

NELPG News 259, October 2010

The K1 is at Carnforth being prepared for investigation and overhaul. The RHS cylinder has been taken to Cast Iron Welding for assessment. The J72 has been a busy little engine visiting Shildon, the Tanfield Railway, the Great Central Railway and the NYMR. Maurice Burns writes a very interesting account of the early NELPG working parties at Thornaby.

NELPG News 260, December 2010

NELPG News 260, December 2010

Members have approved the expenditure on the K1. The flue tubes were the subject of detailed analysis to determine the reason for failure. This was attributed to stress corrosion but further investigation has shown the front tubeplate to be fractured as well. The boiler has been removed for overhaul, the frames brought to hopetown, lifted and the wheels removed.

NELPG News 261, February 2011

NELPG News 261, February 2011

As is so often the case, once a steam locomotive’s component parts are dismantled, work additional to that originally envisaged can be necessary, and the K1 is no exception. The prognosis on the K1 has resulted in more major work being required, this time in the form of a new copper firebox tubeplate. Although this and the new steel tubeplate are in hand the cost of the remedial work has consequently risen and the timescale for the work extended.

NELPG News 262, April 2011

NELPG News 262, April 2011

The repairs to the K1 are more extensive and therefore more expensive than planned. As one consequence it will be necessary to seek members’ approval for this increased expenditure at the forthcoming AGM.

 

NELPG News 263, June 2011

NELPG News 263, June 2011

At the recent AGM once the formal business was concluded Andrew Scott and Dave Pennock made a splendid presentation on the need to safeguard the Group’s financial future by means of a proposed Patron scheme; their detailed report is included in full in this issue.

NELPG News 264, August 2011

NELPG News 264, August 2011

It is sad to report that Eric Nott, a long time member of the NELPG, died on 19th July. The J72 is visiting the Midland Railway Centre at Butterleyfor the next three months.

NELPG News 265, October 2011

NELPG News 265, October 2011

The work on the K1 has taken longer and cost more than originally anticipated, and even now problems are being encountered that push completion even further ahead. However, the new cylinder block for the J27 and its refurbished driving wheelset are steps in the right direction, and the new Patron scheme has been a great success, especially at a time when the Group’s financial resources have been rather embattled.

NELPG News 99, February1984

NELPG News 99, February1984

NELPG News 98, December 1983

NELPG News 98, December 1983

NELPG News 97, October 1983

NELPG News 97, October 1983

NELPG News 96, August 1983

NELPG News 96, August 1983

NELPG News 95, June1983

NELPG News 95, June1983

NELPG News 94, April 1983

NELPG News 94, April 1983

NELPG News 93, February 1983

NELPG News 93, February 1983

NELPG News 92, December 1982

NELPG News 92, December 1982

NELPG News 91, October 1982

NELPG News 91, October 1982

NELPG News 90, August 1982

NELPG News 90, August 1982

NELPG News 89, June 1982

NELPG News 89, June 1982

NELPG News 88, April 1982

NELPG News 88, April 1982

NELPG News 87, February 1982

NELPG News 87, February 1982

NELPG News 86, December 1981

NELPG News 86, December 1981

NELPG News 266,December 2011

NELPG News 266,December 2011

After successful casting, the machining of the J27 cylinder block is underway. Patrons visi the Railway Children Live.

NELPG News 267, February 2012

NELPG News 267, February 2012

We record the passing of Derek Hanson, Secretary of the NELPG from 1973 until 1980. He also served on the NYMR Trust  and Plc boards. Derek took on the unglamourous responsibility of voluntarily looking after the NYMR‟s 36 miles of boundary fences and walls, as well as lineside furniture, initially almost single handedly. Derek‟s contribution to the NELPG and the Railway was considerable and is greatly appreciated; he will be sadly missed.

NELPG News 268, April 2012

NELPG News 268, April 2012

The K1 overhaul is reaching completion. Winter maintenance of the Q6 is almost complete. The J72 visits Severn Valley Railway.

NELPG News 269, June 2012

NELPG News 269, June 2012

Terry Newman and Bryan Orange resign as directors, to be replaced by Darrin Crone and John Hall.The K1 overhaul is completed and the loco returns to Fort William for another Jacobite season.

NELPG News 270, August 2012

NELPG News 270, August 2012

This issue is dominated by the death of one of our founder members, Kevin Hudspith. He was one of the nineteen ‘young men of vision’ who met in the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne on 28th October 1966 to form the embryonic NELPG.

NELPG News 271, October 2012

NELPG News 271, October 2012

After 35 years, Peter Robinson retires as NELPG treasurer.

NELPG News 272, December 2012

NELPG News 272, December 2012

The J27 cylinder block has been trial fitted. Joem will be leaving the Wensleydale Railway on 27th December to go to Hopetown for a retube and winter maintenance. It has been decided to replace the Q6 inner firebox sides; the work is to be carried out by LNWR at Crewe. John Hall has recently had to resign as NELPG Secretary because of ill health; Chris Lawson takes over.

NELPG News 273, January 2013

NELPG News 273, January 2013

Some recent erroneous reportage in a national railway magazine, suggesting that the NELPG was moving its home base away from the NYMR to Embsay, has had to be refuted.

NELPG News 274, April 2013

NELPG News 274, April 2013

The K1 and support coach moved from Carnforth to Bury on 21st February via Hellifield, Blackburn, Bolton and Manchester Victoria, and the move went very well. The move was in time for the K1 to appear at the East Lancs gala over the weekend of 23rd/24th February where it worked on its own and double headed with the K4 61994 The Great Marquess.

John Marsland has agreed to take over from Peter Robinson as our Treasurer whilst Fred Ramshaw and Ben Duncan are standing down as directors.

NELPG News 275, June 2013

NELPG News 275, June 2013

The K1 works the Wasnbeck railtour with the K4 and the North Yorkshire Moors 40th Anniversary Special with No 29 before commencing another Jacobite season. The J72 hauls shuttles with the "Old Gentleman's Saloon" during the 40th Anniversary Gala.

NELPG News 276, August 2013

NELPG News 276, August 2013

The J72 had a brief, but successful visit to the Derwent Valley Railway, as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations; it returned to the Wensleydale Railway and during August has been working 4 days a week and up to two round trips a day between Leeming Bar and Redmire.The K1 has had a successful summer on the West Highland Extension. However, on Saturday 17th August a problem in the firebox was detected where some stays appear to have broken. The locomotive was immediately stopped and as this issue went to press arrangements were being made to return the locomotive to Carnforth for detailed examination and repair.

NELPG News 277, October 2013

NELPG News 277, October 2013

Generally good news this issue; on the plus side there is the splendid news that the J27 boiler overhaul has gone out to tender with, hopefully, work progressing in 2014. At the Wensleydale Railway, under Fred Ramshaw’s guidance, the J72 has been steadily racking up the miles and, once again, earning revenue that we once thought unlikely. The K1, despite a firebox problem that is well documented in this issue, will complete the Jacobite season during the last week in October.

NELPG News 278, December 2013

NELPG News 278, December 2013

It has been a year of mixed fortunes for the Group. Thanks to the earnings of the K1 and the J72, superbly augmented by the incredibly successful Patron scheme, the Group’s finances are once again holding up well, which means that we have been able to absorb the costs of the unexpected repairs to the K1 and the additional spend on the Q6. Looking forward to 2014, we expect the K1 to again be available for hire on the main line as well as on heritage lines, the J72 to again strengthen out ties with the Wensleydale Railway, the Q6 to make its long awaited return to active service on the NYMR, and the J27 boiler overhaul to commence in earnest.

NELPG News 279, February 2014

NELPG News 279, February 2014

This issue is much about communication, to the extent that members should be left in no doubt about what is going on within the Group! Members have expressed concerns about communication, the Committee believes that these have been taken on board. However, channels of communication have been in existence for some time – the NEWS itself, the Group’s website, the monthly social meetings, working parties and the annual open meeting. We are conscious that there is always room for improvement in communications, particularly with the increasing costs of traditional methods and the continuing changes in technology that are occurring. The Committee will be considering this over the next few months, but wants that discussion to be informed by members’ views. They are important to us. So please read the article on page 28 and let us have your thoughts on the issues that have been identified, and any others that you think we should be looking at.

NELPG News 280, April 2014

NELPG News 280, April 2014

With the J72 and K1’s winter maintenance now complete, and cold and insteam tests satisfactorily carried out for the regulatory bodies, both locomotives are ready to once again start earning revenue, the former on the Wensleydale Railway and the latter on the Jacobite, though with a few pre season charters thrown in for good measure!

NELPG News 281, June 2014

NELPG News 281, June 2014

The K1 has embarked on its first rostered week on The Jacobite having already covered over 1,500 miles on The Wansbeck and five days in conjunction with the Railway Touring Company’s Great Britain VII tour, as well as the first week of The Jacobite, deputising for 45231.

NELPG News 282, August 2014

NELPG News 282, August 2014

Somewhat later than we had originally envisaged – and a greater cost, because of the additional work carried out – the Q6 has re-entered service on the NYMR.

It is with very great sadness we announce that our very good friend Chris Davies passed away on the afternoon of 25th June.

NELPG News 283, October 2014

NELPG News 283, October 2014

We are approaching the end of the running season in good shape. Our three operational locomotives are all in full working order and putting in sterling performances on their respective lines: the K1 on the Jacobite, the Q6 on the NYMR and the J72 on the Wensleydale Railway. As a consequence the Group’s income is healthy. Work on the J27 at Hopetown and Crewe is progressing well too.

NELPG News 284, December 2014

NELPG News 284, December 2014

We are pleased to let members know Albert Hawman celebrated his 102nd birthday on 25th November.

NELPG News 285, February 2015

NELPG News 285, February 2015

The 6th March 2015 sees the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Whitby – Scarborough and Grosmont – Rillington Junction lines which, of course, led to the formation of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Preservation Society, and eventually the NYMR as we know it today. To mark that sad day, the Whitby Moors railtour, originating in Sheffield, traversed the lines from Scarborough to Whitby and Malton. From Driffield to Filey, Scarborough Londesborough Road, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, Pickering, Malton and York, the train was double headed by the K4 3442 The Great Marquess and the K1 62005.

Recording that final day of operation was an intrepid 18 year old, Maurice Burns, who had the foresight to record what happened that day on film. His account of the events on 6th March 1965, lavishly illustrated, appears in this issue. Significantly, Maurice goes on to explain how 62005 survived to became the pride of the NELPG locomotive fleet.

NELPG News 286, April 2015

NELPG News 286, April 2015

The K1 made it and arrived on the NYMR on Wednesday 4th March, together with the K4, enabling the two locomotives to work the re-enactment of the Whitby Moors railtour of 6th March 1965 exactly 50 years later. The occasion was used to formally open Maurice Burn’s exhibition ‘Last Train to York’ in the Learning Centre, platform 2 at Pickering station, which runs until 1st October. Excellent progress is being made on the Q6 at Grosmont under the guidance of Darrin Crone but, as from Monday 16th March he has taken up the full time role of Engineer for the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust. We must take this opportunity to thank him for all his work on the Q6, the Committee and the Group in general, and wish him well in his new role.

NELPG News 287, June 2015

NELPG News 287, June 2015

It was with some relief that the suspension of West Coast Railway’s Network Rail Track Access Agreement was lifted on 8th May, in time for the start of the planned Jacobite season. As reported elsewhere, it was possible to move the K1 up to Fort William in time to embark on its first rostered week commencing on 18th May. Furthermore, the Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR), after a 28 day consultation period, decided against revoking WCR’s licence. The recommendations of NR and the ORR do have an impact on the Group in general and support crew members in particular insofar as the safety implications of operating the K1 on the main line are concerned.

An unfortunate and unforeseen failure to the J72 whilst at the Epping and Ongar Railway has resulted in an appeal in this issue to cover the repairs, to which, it is hoped, members will respond generously, so that the locomotive can soon resume revenue earning work.

NELPG News 288, August 2015

NELPG News 288, August 2015

The Q6 is now back in traffic on the NYMR. The extended winter maintenance period finally came to an end at the beginning of July. The K1 hauled a Royal passenger on the 28th July when the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, joined the Jacobite on the outward journey from Fort William to Mallaig.

NELPG News 289, October 2015

NELPG News 289, October 2015

We are pleased to welcome Michael Chyriwsky to the Committee. Following several months of work in Hopetown on 69023, it returns to the Wensleydale railway.

NELPG News 290, December 2015

NELPG News 290, December 2015

Reading the reports of recent Committee meetings, members will see that we are changing the way that we deliver our annual financial reports. This is primarily to comply with present requirements of both Companies House and the Charity Commissioners. There is nothing alarming about this and whilst we have had to change our practices, members will still need to approve the accounts at the AGM, though they will be presented in a slightly different way. Attention to these requirements has helped focus our attention on the Group’s financial position. As we enter our fiftieth year, we have come a long way from those early days when we turned up at meetings in avid anticipation of what the fund totaled. Now we are a business and with that comes responsibilities that we never dreamt of back in 1966.

NELPG News 291, February 2016

NELPG News 291, February 2016

Welcome to 2016, our momentous fiftieth anniversary year! You will see from this issue just some of the anniversary activities that are in prospect and every issue of the NEWS this year will have space devoted to the 50th anniversary.

NELPG News 292, April 2016

NELPG News 292, April 2016

It is likely that the ORR’s prohibition notice on West Coast Railways will be lifted thus enabling the company to resume train operation from the end of March. All being well, our three operational locomotives should maximise their earning potential in 2016, culminating in the grand final, the end of season NELPG 50th anniversary gala on 29th and 30th October.

NELPG News 293, June 2016

NELPG News 293, June 2016

Whilst the K1 was on the return journey with the evening diner, in Northdale, the driver went to open the regulator and the handle fell off in his hands. The square on the end of the regulator rod had fractured right through. Fortunately no one was injured and no other damage to the K1 was sustained.With tremendous co-operation from staff at the Railway’s MPD, and some of our own volunteers, the K1 eventually made it to Fort William to take up its rostered duties on The Jacobite.

NELPG News 294, August 2016

NELPG News 294, August 2016

It is with great sadness we have to report that three members have recently passed away. Valerie Bilton was, as our former Treasurer reported, ‘a dear old lady’ who was not only a patron, but a railtour participant and generous financial benefactor. Dave Holroyde, was involved from the very earliest days, not just with the NELPG, but the Severn Valley Railway and the Tanfield Railway, being a leading light on the narrow gauge and industrial railway scene. Richard Campbell will be sadly missed, too, as he did so much on our locomotives and possessed a vast technical knowledge and practical experience that he used to very good effect for the benefit of the steam railway movement in general but the NELPG in particular. They would have been impressed with the appearance of the J72 and Q6 at the Shildon Shed Bash, at the same time that the K1 was doing just what it says on the tin, in Scotland. In their different ways, they all helped to make this possible.

NELPG News 295, October 2016

NELPG News 295, October 2016

It is October 2016 and it is a sobering thought that the NELPG’s history goes back 50 years. What better way than to mark this special milestone in the Group’s history with a picture of those three “young men of vision” – Kevin Hudspith, Kevin Gould and Peter Proud – on the cover of the NEWS. They conjured up the idea of saving examples of NER steam locomotives, and that was the catalyst for the formation of the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group. NELPG members, past, present and future, in particular, and the heritage steam movement in general, have much to thank them for.

NELPG News 296, December 2016

NELPG News 296, December 2016

The 50th anniversary celebrations were a splendid way to end the year! In this issue there are plenty of pictures and some glowing reports to illustrate what went on over the four days of the anniversary weekend. It all started off in some style with no less than six of the 19 who attended the very first meeting able to turn up again, a quite remarkable achievement. The Editor offers no excuses for the size of this bumper issue, which should serve as a lasting reminder of the unforgettable 50th anniversary celebrations.

NELPG News 297, February 2017

NELPG News 297, February 2017

The Committee has agreed to make Maurice Burns an Honorary Vice President in recognition of his contribution to the NELPG. With the sad passing of two of our former stalwarts – Peter Proud and Dave Martin – there are two fulsome and most fitting obituaries.

NELPG News 298, April 2017

NELPG News 298, April 2017

It was flattering for the Group to be shortlisted for the Heritage Railway Association’s large group award and even better to actually win it, although sharing it with the North Norfolk Railway.

NELPG News 299, June 2017

NELPG News 299, June 2017

In this issue, a proud Paul Hutchinson relates his tale of the K1’s role in the Railway Touring Company’s annual ‘World’ tour, Great Britain X. Starting and finishing in London, the tour encompassed the ECML from Kings Cross to Dundee, Perth to Kyle of Lochalsh and back, Glasgow to Preston, Grange over Sands to Bristol via Shrewsbury, Bristol to Penzance and Penzance to London Paddington. The K1 played a major role in this, covering no less than 951 miles and in the process achieved a number of ‘firsts’.

NELPG News 300, August 2017

NELPG News 300, August 2017

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the end of BR steam in the north east, which occurred on 9th September 1967, disappointingly we will not be able to steam the J27 and Q6 together as had been originally hoped.