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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 254, December 2009

NELPG News 254, December 2009

The overhauled J72 boiler has been lifted back into the frames at Hopetown and re-assembly work continues apace. The gauge-glass protectors for both the J72 and J27 are missing from the stores. Work on the J27 awaits HLF bid. Q6 awaits winter maintenance. The K1 driving wheel sets are being re-tyred at Buckfastleigh, in Devon. The May 2010 Railtour is likely to visit Northumberland. First aid training is held at Hopetown thanks to Andy Fyfe. Membership at end of 2009 was 629.

NELPG News 253, October 2009

NELPG News 253, October 2009

Work continues on stripping and examination of J27. The steam brake cylinder has been found to be sound and has been re-assembled and painted. Options are under consideration for replacing the cylinder block. A HLF application will be submitted for the J27 by October. The Q6 has run 5580 miles on NYMR since May and the list for winter maintenance has been drawn up. The K1 has completed another Jacobite season with some photo charters and has returned to Carnforth. Since May 2009, the K1 has operated on Network Rail on 66 days and covered 6,156 miles. The J72 boiler has passed the insurance company steam test outside the frames at Carnforth. A new steam pipe has been made by Induction Pipe Bending of Washington. The Annual Luncheon Special has been another sell out success. 66727 named after NELPG President!

NELPG News 252, August 2009

NELPG News 252, August 2009

The J72 boiler passes the official insurance hydraulic test at Carnforth and the boiler ticket begins to tick. The J72 axles along with those of the J27 pass ultrasonic and other tests. The J27 cylinder block is likely to take 8 months to manufacture and cost around £60,000. The Q6 sustains a valve ring failure in traffic at NYMR and a new ring is made and fitted. This was followed by a minor firebox leak to be attended to. The K1 has now run over 3000 miles on the Jacobite this year and is back in action following firebox repairs and a return trip to Carnforth. Martin Lloyd is recovering from his injuries sustained in NELPG action and reports his experiences.

NELPG News 251, June 2009

NELPG News 251, June 2009

It is likely that the J27 driving wheel sets will be sent to the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland workshops to have crankpins turned and tyres re-profiled. Quotes obtained for new cabsides. The Q6 continues in service on the NYMR. The K1 has been busy, with a trip to Barrow Hill for the LNER weekend, to Tyseley for tyre turning, where it was steamed at the Easter event, then back to Carnforth for the successful North Eastern Mountaineer Railtour. After came the move to Fort William, where after just over one week in service, a return to Carnforth was made for firebox repairs, then back to Fort William to resume Jacobite service. New driving wheel tyres ordered through the South Devon Railway. The J72 boiler work is almost complete and the valves are to be set soon. The new pit has been completed in the Deviation Shed. The fund raising committee has got new members. Ken Hedley takes us to the Blyth and Tyne branch railway.

NELPG News 250, April 2009

NELPG News 250, April 2009

The Q6 has returned from a most successful sojourn on the Great Central Railway. The Group’s railtour over the Settle and Carlisle line behind the K1 on 4th May is a sell out. The bad news is that the J27 WILL require a brand new cylinder block at an estimated cost of around £50,000. Furthermore, it is expected that the K1 will need a new set of tyres this winter. 

NELPG News 249, February 2009

NELPG News 249, February 2009

Andrew Scott becomes the Group's President, Ben Duncan takes over from Jackie Maples as secretary and Eric Nott stands down from the committee. In the workshop the cylinder block is removed from the J27. The Q6 has its wheels turned at Crewe before visiting the Great Central Railway. The K1 has its new pony tyres and cylinder valves. Copper welding is completed on the J72; boiler work continues. Blue Peter is having a repaint, and A1 Tornado makes its first public run. In Deviation Shed the new pit has been dug.

NELPG News 248, December 2008

NELPG News 248, December 2008

We have 70 working members of whom 34 attended the December "bunfight". Chris Lawson becomes archivist. Cast Iron Welding examine the J27 cylinder block, whilst on 27th November the driving wheels were removed after Durham Lifting jacked up the frames. After 7165 miles in 2008, the Q6 has been withdrawn for winter maintenance. Adam Dalgleish is fitting a blowdown valve. The K1 winter maintenance is well underway at Carnforth: pony truck tyres removed and wheels sent to Devon, cylinder valves bored, axleboxes refurbished. At Carnforth, work on the J72 boiler continues, whilst at Hopetown, the mechanical work is almost complete bar the snagging list. The group anounce a proposed railtour over the S&C on May bank holiday.

NELPG News 247, October 2008

NELPG News 247, October 2008

The K1's successful season at Fort William has come to an end and the loco returned to Carnforth after a pony tyre problem. One highlight of the season was the lifeboat gala. Winter maintenance is now underway. The J27 is being dismantled. The Q6 has been in traffic almost continously and maintenance work planned. Work continues at Carnforth on the J72 boiler whilst at Hopetown the painting team is busy.

NELPG News 246, August 2008

NELPG News 246, August 2008

After the J72 boiler is lifted onto a low loader to go to Carnforth, the boiler is lifted from the J27 frames. The Q6 continues to perform well on the NYMR but with heavy wear on the crossheads and a problem with the injector. The K1 continues to break springs on theest Highland, but otherwise performs to its usual high standard. The J72 has moved for the first time since it was rewheeled. Maurice Burns discribes his exploits photographing the North Eastern Explorer railtour including shots from the Transporter Bridge. Next door, Tornado moved for the first time under its own steam.

NELPG News 245, June 2008

NELPG News 245, June 2008

The K1 hauls another successful railtour, though we were unable to run through Sunderland and along the coast. The dismantling of the J27 continues, the Q6 goes to Railfest at NRM, York. The K1 runs a hot ponytruck bearing at Glenfinnan and NELPG crisis management team swings into action. Prize winners of the J27 prize draw are announced.