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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.