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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 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.

NELPG News 230, January 2006

NELPG News 230, January 2006

The P3 is at Locomotion at Shildon where the boiler ticket has been extended to 10 June 2006. The Q6 boiler repair is still awaited and is holding up progress on the overhaul. Maurice Johnson has been contracted to fit the valves. Work continues with painting the tender. The EGM has approved a spend of £200k for the K1 overhaul and it has since been discovered that a new boiler back plate will be required. Work on the axle and axle boxes is almost complete. Richard Campbell is overhauling the drivers brake ejector. It has been decided to remove the J72 cylinder castings from the frames for assessment to determine how they should be repaired. The axle boxes are being examined. All the horn faceplates will have to be renewed. New side rod bushes have been cast. NELPG membership stands at 561.

NELPG News 229, October 2005

NELPG News 229, October 2005

The P3 is working at Locomotion Shildon. The Q6 overhaul is awaiting completion of the boiler which is progressing slowly. Keith Hudspeth is making good progress with painting the tender. The costs of the overhaul are set out. The K1 has been returned from Fort William early "dead" following discovery of a firebox crack which required a boiler lift. The boiler is being examined to determine extent of work required. The EGM will consider whether the 10 yearly overhaul should be undertaken now, or in 3 years. The J72 wheelsets have not been removed. All boiler tubes have removed. The HLF decision is awaited . The result of the livery ballot is that the J72 will be finished in BR apple green station pilot livery.

NELPG News 228, August 2005

NELPG News 228, August 2005

The Q6 frames are now stored in the deviation Shed awaiting completion of the boiler by NYMR, on which progress is slow. Work commences on repainting the tender. The P3 is at Locomotion Shildon where it has steamed a number of times including at the goods weekend. The K1 is in regular use on the Jacobite having run on 31 occasions by 21 August, including on 21 consecutive days. The J72 boiler has been lifted of the frames at Hopetown and a start made on removing boiler tubes. It is now apparent that the cracking to the cylinder block is worse than feared. The livery ballot is announced and a revised bid submitted to the HLF. A membership review has demonstrated that there is a dearth of younger members. Martin Lloyd and Ian Pearson have passed out as steam drivers on the NYMR.

NELPG News 227, June 2005

NELPG News 227, June 2005

The P3 is now at Locomotion Shildon where it will work on the "goods weekend". The AGM approved the overhaul of the locomotive. The Q6 frames have returned to the NYMR after fitting of pistons and connecting rods. It was run to Pickering for turning for the first time in 22 years. The boiler overhaul is not going well however. The K1 has travelled to Fort William for the seasons Jacobite work and a detailed report is made. The J72 smokebox has been stripped of parts and the cab roof removed. Malcolm Middleton writes about the North Road Scrap Yard.

NELPG News 226, April 2005

NELPG News 226, April 2005

The cylinder casting of the P3 has been inspected by the NYMR and found not to be fit for heavy duties there. It is fit for light duties and the loco has been used to steam het the dining train on two occasions. The cylinder block will have to be removed from the loco for repair which would take place at an overhaul. Talks are being held with Locomotion Shildon regarding the loco spending the summer working there. The Q6 cylinder liners have been fitted. Eccentric straps have been fitted allowing the eccentric rods to be fitted too, completing assembly of the valve gear. The buffer beam has been refitted. The cylinder mechanical lubricator has been overhauled and the other lubrication and trimmings completed. The front faces of the cylinders have been machined prior to the fitting of the covers. The sanding linkage is almost complete. The boiler is progressing at Grosmont with an estimated May steaming date. The K1 winter maintenance is complete. Fox hunting protestors stop the K1 whilst in traffic on NYMR. J72 lottery bid result to be known in April.

NELPG News 225, February 2005

NELPG News 225, February 2005

Jude Irwin writes about she came to be working at Hopetown with her father. Fred Ramshaw writes about the Hopetown carriage works. The J72 is in store at Hopetown. The K1 winter maintenance is going to plan. The RHS trailing axle box brass has been replaced as has the RHS leading coupling brass. The small end bushes are to be replaced. The refitting of Q6 brakegear is almost complete. Tom Snowball is making a new set of sandpipes and brackets. The slide bars have been refitted after grinding. A new LH cylinder cladding sheet has been made. The P3 is on the Weardale Railway. The cylinder casting has been inspected following the metal stitching repair and has been found to be leaking. Further inspection due in February. Since overhaul the P3 has run 35,453 miles. In 2004 it ran 1152 miles on the East Lancs Railway, 2080 on the NYMR and 2196 on the Weardale Railway.