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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 265, October 2011

NELPG News 265, October 2011

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.

NELPG News 264, August 2011

NELPG News 264, August 2011

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.

NELPG News 263, June 2011

NELPG News 263, June 2011

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.

NELPG News 262, April 2011

NELPG News 262, April 2011

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.

 

NELPG News 261, February 2011

NELPG News 261, February 2011

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.

NELPG News 260, December 2010

NELPG News 260, December 2010

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.

NELPG News 259, October 2010

NELPG News 259, October 2010

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.

NELPG News 258, August 2010

NELPG News 258, August 2010

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”.

NELPG News 257, June 2010

NELPG News 257, June 2010

Work progresses on the new J27 cylinder block with the core models being made and it is hoped that the new cylinder will be cast this summer.  Work on the wheel sets in Northern Ireland is complete.  TheQ6 is now back in traffic with the motion being reassembled at the end of May and a fracture to the RH cylinder being metal stitched.  The K1 is now in Scotland working on the Jacobite after appearing at the Locomotion NE Giants of Steam event, missing the railtour due to a cylinder fracture, repair and a period of running on the NYMR.  The J72 was officially launched at Shildon on 18 June, where it is working until mid summer.  Dave Pennock reports on the Blyth Spirit Railtour.

NELPG News 256, April 2010

NELPG News 256, April 2010

J72 steams for the first time in 14 years, at Hopetown and passes Insurance Company test. Painting to be completed at NRM Shildon, where J72 will be the operational locomotive until early August. The J72 is to appear alongside K1, Tornado, V2 and Furness 20 at an event in May. J27 wheel set work progressing well in Northern Ireland. LH leading tyre may need to be replaced as otherwise 'wheel wobble' type problem means that all tyres would have to be re-profiled almost to scrapping size to accommodate problem wheel set. Q6 winter maintenance progresses slowly as resources are focused on J72 and K1. AGM to be held at Shildon, NRM. Ken Hedley recalls a recent journey along the Blyth and Tyne line.