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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 240, August 2007

NELPG News 240, August 2007

A fire is lit in the Q6 boiler for the first time in 25 years on 12 July, with the engine moving under its own steam for the first time since 1982 on 20 July. The J27 literally stars on the cover of Steam Railway September edition adorned with a replica "blue star". The K1 is performing well on the Jacobite, with only normal maintenance required, but has experienced several broken springs which have been replaced by the support crews. The J72 rebuild continues with the brake gear and eccentric rods fitted.

NELPG News 239, June 2007

NELPG News 239, June 2007

The J27 is moved from North Road Museum into the Hopetown workshop, with the tender being stored outside until we have space to accommodate it. From now on to save confusion, the J27 is the J27, not the P3! Exploratory work will commence after cleaning of the loco. The Q6 enters the final stages of overhaul, with a number of jobs still to do. The K1 is working the Jacobite again this year, with Black Fives 45231 and 45407. The Three Dales Railtour, visiting Leyburn, Bishop Auckland and the Tees Coast is a success, as is Martin Lloyds on location catering .

NELPG News 238, April 2007

NELPG News 238, April 2007

The P3 is to be moved from North Road Museum to Hopetown for exploratory works prior to overhaul. Q6 has moved into the main repair shed and reassembly works restart. Pipework is being fitted in the cab and holes drilled in the smokebox so that it can be bolted down. Main steam pipes to be fitted. The K1 passed VAB tests and annual boiler inspection and is now fitted with operational OTMR. K1 used for crew training on Esk Valley line as part of NYMR preparations for running to Whitby. The K1 will be on the NYMR until May when it will haul the Three Dales Railtour and then travel to Carnforth then Fort William. The J72 cylinder block is back in the frames and running plate and supports refitted with work on axleboxes progressing well. A2 Blue Peter to move to Barrow Hill when North Road Museum closes. K1 livery ballot decided on early emblem BR black. Maurice Burns remembers the original Three Dales Railtour and Norman Crockit reports on the Hopetown open days.

NELPG News 237, February 2007

NELPG News 237, February 2007

The Q6 superheater header is fitted and hydraulically tested. The top half of the cab and roof are re-fitted and progress with boiler cladding is good. A new design of firebars is produced. The K1 is back on the NYMR after winter maintenance, with much work undertaken including the fitting of a blow down valve and new spark arrester. The J72 cylinder block is reassembled and is hydraulically tested, and fitted back into the frames.

NELPG News 236, December 2006

NELPG News 236, December 2006

After the Q6 boiler passed the required tests it was found that the boiler expansion bracket had been wrongly fitted, requiring remedial work, with taper wedges fitted. The rest of the boiler contract is to complete including fitting of regulator rod, regulator etc. Work continues in pipe fitting, cladding etc. The K1 returned from Fort William to Carnforth and then to the NYMR to run the Esk Valley service. The front pony truck has been removed for axle box work and remedial repairs found to be necessary to the front pin. A crack has also been found on the exhaust steam side requiring a welded repair. The J72 cylinder casting holes are now reamed and valve faces refaced. Work has been done in smartening the Deviation Shed. The 40th Anniversary Meeting is reported.

NELPG News 235, September 2006

NELPG News 235, September 2006

The Q6 boiler passes the insurance company hydraulic test and the first fire since 1982 is lit on1 October. Sorry but no dropping or rocking grate yet! Work on the tender progresses. The K1 is at Fort William and problems with other locos means extra work and changes of planned wash out arrangements. The repaired J72 cylinder block is back at Hopetown. Work is complete on removing scale from the boiler. Possible railtour options include a rerun of the SLS Three Dales railtour. The 40th Anniversary meeting is to be held on 28 October at the original venue.

NELPG News 234, August 2006

NELPG News 234, August 2006

The P3 is on display in Darlington North Road Railway Museum. The Q6 boiler overhaul is all but complete. Keith Hudspeth paints the tender. The K1 travelled to Fort William on 24 July after a loaded test run on the 20th. After a few days in traffic work was needed on a firebox stud, cylinder lubricator and smokebox spark arrester. Work continues on the J72 with work on the eccentric straps, spring hanger bolts and new axle box crowns and horn face wear plates cast. The outside of the boiler has been needle gunned. The J27 appeal is launched. The 40th anniversary railtour may be over Shap and Ais Gill.

NELPG News 233, Summer 2006

NELPG News 233, Summer 2006

The last fire was dropped from the P3 at North Road works on Monday 29 May 2006, prior to overhaul. The P3 is stored temporarily in the Hopetown Workshop, until ground conditions allow a move to the Museum. Since 1996, it has ran over 35,000 miles on 7 different railways and 2 museum sites. The Q6 boiler overhaul is progressing, but the engine will not steam in 2006. The K1 10 yearly overhaul is completed in nine months! A detailed report is provided. Work continues on the J72, particularly with the axle boxes and the cylinder block is taken to Cast Iron Welding Services for repair. An appeal is to be launched for the overhaul of the P3.

NELPG News 232, April 2006

NELPG News 232, April 2006

A lottery grant of £50,000 has been awarded toward the restoration of the J72, and now repairs and overhaul may begin. Thanks to Dave Pennock for the lottery success. The cylinder block is likely to need costly cast iron welded repair. The P3 approaches the end of its boiler ticker and is working at NRM Shildon, prior to moving to Darlington for the North Road Works 40th Anniversary weekend celebrations. The Q6 boiler work continues and the firebox work is complete. Work has started on the new smokebox. The K1 overhaul is progressing and a detailed report is provided, including work to the blastpipe and the new backhead.

NELPG News 231, February 2006

NELPG News 231, February 2006

The P3 has been steamed at Locomotion, Shildon. The Q6 is in the Deviation Shed awaiting completion of the boiler overhaul by NYMR. The piston valves are ready for fitting. The K1 firebox side repairs are now complete. It has been decided to replace the backplate with the work to be undertaken by Alan McEwan in a very short timeframe. Two small areas of firebox plate have also been replaced using Huck Fasteners in the repair process. The frames have been taken to Thonaby for tyre turning by road saving considerable expense and time. The J72 cylinder casting has been removed from the frames for cleaning and examination. Heavy sacle has been removed from inside the boiler whilst the paint has been stripped from the wheels. Plans are being developed for NELPG 40th anniversary events.