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NELPG News magazine

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.

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NELPG News 314, December 2019

NELPG News 314, December 2019

After 50 years on the NELPG Committee and Board in a variety of capacities, 20 of them as Chairman, John Hunt has decided not to seek re-election as a Trustee when his term of office comes to an end at the 2020 AGM. On 11th November, epresentatives of Darlington Borough Council attend a Board meeting so they could present their latest thoughts on the redevelopment of the Hopetown site as the Railway Heritage Quarter. This issue carries obituaries for John Richardson and Len Clarke.

NELPG News 313, October 2019

NELPG News 313, October 2019

So far, it seems to have been a good year for the NELPG, showcased on Thursday 26th September when all three of our operational locomotives were in use on the NYMR. A proud day for all concerned. Operationally it was a success and there is already talk of a repetition next year. It was a precursor to the main NYMR autumn gala, which was blessed with some prestigious visiting locomotives, and large crowds that braved the, at times, rather inclement weather!

On a sad note, however, we have to report the passing away of Len Clarke. It was not entirely unexpected, as he had been very ill for some time, but the Group owes a great debt to him also. He was a master in the art of locomotive painting, especially lining out and lettering. A full obituary will follow in the next issue of the NEWS.

NELPG News 312, August 2019

NELPG News 312, August 2019

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway's Motive Power Departmen has helped to facilitate and man, the very short notice, a very successful visit of the T2 (Q6) to the Mid Norfolk Railway.

NELPG News 311, June 2019

NELPG News 311, June 2019

Monday 20th May was a significant one, as all three of our operational locomotives were in traffic on the same day – the K1 at the start of its season in Scotland on the Jacobite, and the T2 and J27 on the NYMR. The Chairman believes that this is the first time this has happened since the S&D 150 event at Shildon in 1975. Furthermore, it has been repeated several times since.

Elsewhere in this issue is the obituary for Derek Norris, a true supporter of the Group, who, as a fireman at Hartlepool shed, and later a builder, brought considerable experience and practical help to the Group over many, many years.

NELPG News 310, April 2019

NELPG News 310, April 2019

I believe we enter 2019 in good fettle with, as previously mentioned, the prospect of the J27, Q6 and K1 all doing a full season’s work, with the positive effect this will have on earnings. This encouraging position is in no small part due to a very good turnout of volunteers over the winter period, together with the help and co-operation of the MPD at Grosmont and West Coast Railways at Carnforth.

NELPG News 309, February 2019

NELPG News 309, February 2019

The season came to an encouraging finale with both the J27 and the Q6 operating Santa specials on the NYMR, but our three operational locomotives only amassed just over 11,000 miles between them in the whole of 2018. As our main source of income is revenue from locomotive hire, this has inevitably had a adverse effect on our anticipated earnings. For good reasons and previously explained, neither the Q6 nor the K1 maximised their earning potential last year but, all being well, all three locomotives should be able to do so in 2019. The J27 should, once again, share its working between the NYMR and the Wensleydale Railway, the Q6 should potentially do around 6,000 miles on the NYMR and the K1 amass a similar mileage in Scotland, then on the NYMR in the autumn.

NELPG News 308, December 2018

NELPG News 308, December 2018

We approach the end of the year on a relative high, with celebration of the Q6’s 100th birthday. The story of the Q6 is retold elsewhere in this issue, but suffice to say, whilst it is a chequered history, the Group is honoured and privileged to have in its possession a working centenarian.

NELPG News 307, October 2018

NELPG News 307, October 2018

As we enter the autumn season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, time to reflect on a rather successful end of season flourish. Admittedly the summer has not been as rewarding as much as we had hoped, particularly with the delays in getting the Q6 finished and the K1 not being able to fulfill its full quota of running at Fort William. However, the Q6 returned in style with, by all accounts, a very successful visit to the Severn Valley Railway, while the K1 managed to run all the days that were planned in late August and September, and though its 38 days on the Jacobite were less than expected, it still earned a significant income. Whilst the Q6 is expected to run on the NYMR in the autumn and on winter services, the K1, following its return to Carnforth on 17th September, is already stripped down ready for a boiler lift. The J27, meanwhile, enjoyed an excellent sojourn on the Wensleydale Railway, though the locomotive suffered from a number of broken engine springs, which cost a few days planned running. When it ran, it did so with four coaches with two trips between Leeming Bar and Redmire each operating day. Both the J27 and the Q6 starred at the NYMR’s autumn steam gala and the Editor offers no excuses for the extensive photographic coverage of the two locomotive’s exploits at home and away!

NELPG News 306, August 2018

NELPG News 306, August 2018

The J27 duly commenced running on the NYMR and to date has amassed around 2,000 trouble free miles. However, it was always envisaged that it would only be suitable for lightly loaded trains and not the seven coach formations that characterise the peak season timetable on the NYMR. So, with the agreement of the Railway, the J27 has gone to the Wensleydale Railway for the month of August.

NELPG News 305, June 2018

NELPG News 305, June 2018

John Hunt stands down from the chair, Chris Lawson elected chairman and Roy Marshall secretary. This issue marks the recent return of the J27 to operation after its 12 year overhaul. Terry Newman and Maurice Burns write an obituary for Alan Toomer who died on 7th April.

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