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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 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.

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 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 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 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.