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.
We record the passing of Derek Hanson, Secretary of the NELPG from 1973 until 1980. He also served on the NYMR Trust and Plc boards. Derek took on the unglamourous responsibility of voluntarily looking after the NYMR‟s 36 miles of boundary fences and walls, as well as lineside furniture, initially almost single handedly. Derek‟s contribution to the NELPG and the Railway was considerable and is greatly appreciated; he will be sadly missed.
After successful casting, the machining of the J27 cylinder block is underway. Patrons visi the Railway Children Live.
The work on the K1 has taken longer and cost more than originally anticipated, and even now problems are being encountered that push completion even further ahead. However, the new cylinder block for the J27 and its refurbished driving wheelset are steps in the right direction, and the new Patron scheme has been a great success, especially at a time when the Group’s financial resources have been rather embattled.
It is sad to report that Eric Nott, a long time member of the NELPG, died on 19th July. The J72 is visiting the Midland Railway Centre at Butterleyfor the next three months.
At the recent AGM once the formal business was concluded Andrew Scott and Dave Pennock made a splendid presentation on the need to safeguard the Group’s financial future by means of a proposed Patron scheme; their detailed report is included in full in this issue.
The repairs to the K1 are more extensive and therefore more expensive than planned. As one consequence it will be necessary to seek members’ approval for this increased expenditure at the forthcoming AGM.
As is so often the case, once a steam locomotive’s component parts are dismantled, work additional to that originally envisaged can be necessary, and the K1 is no exception. The prognosis on the K1 has resulted in more major work being required, this time in the form of a new copper firebox tubeplate. Although this and the new steel tubeplate are in hand the cost of the remedial work has consequently risen and the timescale for the work extended.
Members have approved the expenditure on the K1. The flue tubes were the subject of detailed analysis to determine the reason for failure. This was attributed to stress corrosion but further investigation has shown the front tubeplate to be fractured as well. The boiler has been removed for overhaul, the frames brought to hopetown, lifted and the wheels removed.
The K1 is at Carnforth being prepared for investigation and overhaul. The RHS cylinder has been taken to Cast Iron Welding for assessment. The J72 has been a busy little engine visiting Shildon, the Tanfield Railway, the Great Central Railway and the NYMR. Maurice Burns writes a very interesting account of the early NELPG working parties at Thornaby.
Sadly, after only two weeks in action on the Jacobite the K1 was withdrawn from traffic because of a leaking large flue tube. Investigation showed that there was a fracture in one of the flues at the smokebox end such that it was deemed necessary to carry out further detailed examination of the tube and any others that might have a similar problem. To do this it was reluctantly decided to return the K1 to Carnforth. Maurice Burns writes of his chance meeting with Albert Hawman, an ex BR steam driver from Darlington. now aged 97. With an excellent memory he shared his reminiscences of the steam age and a 50 year railway career that ended with a very special “last steam turn”.