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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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.