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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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.