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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 224, December 2004

NELPG News 224, December 2004

The P3 is on the NYMR where it has hauled the recently overhauled LNERCA teak coaches. It also worked the Members Special and several days of service train running. The metal stitching cylinder repair has been redone, as previous repair had started leaking after 3 years. The P3 has been moved back to Weardale to work over Christmas. Work has started to rebore the LH cylinder and valves of the Q6 to fit liners. RHS cylinder liner removed and crack discovered requiring metal stitching repair. New piston valve rings are being made by Maurice Johnson. Boiler progress slow as NYMR concentrate on Sir Nigel Gresley boiler. The K1 has worked on West highland photo charters as 62012. Also worked 2 Lancashire Circle trains and 2 Grosmont / Middlesbrough trips. Winter maintenance to include replacing brass on RHS trailing axlebox and ashpan repair. Loco due 20,000/25,000 mile examination as per NELPG Loco Policy. J72 has been moved to Hopetown, using the new connection into the workshop. Membership as of December 2004 stood at 566.

NELPG News 223, October 2004

NELPG News 223, October 2004

The K1 is working on the West Highland Extension. It will operate a repeat of the Lancashire Circle trip on 16 October than return to NYMR for winter maintenance. The J72 is stored in the deviation shed. Work is underway to provide a rail link between Hopetown Works and the DPRS running line to enable easier access for loading/unloading locos. The Q6 has been successfully re-wheeled by Durham Lifting at Hopetown . Work continues with hornstays and springs fitted. Boiler work is continuing albeit delayed due to copper welding. The P3 has returned to the NYMR after working over 2000 miles on the Weardale Railway, working on 43 different days. A problem was experienced with contaminated water at Stanhope. The P3 is being used for driver experience trains on the NYMR.

NELPG News 222, August 2004

NELPG News 222, August 2004

Jackie Maples has replaced Dave Martin as Secretary and Bryan Orange has been appointed as Education Officer.  The P3 is on the Weardale Railway where it worked on the reopening trains and gained much publicity for the Group.  It worked the first steam train since the K1 visited the line in 1993.  The result of the Q6 livery ballot is that it will be finished in unlined black with late BR crests circa 1957-67.  The axleboxes are now finished and the horn liner fitted bolts replaced.  The spring hanger brackets have been straightened.  The K1 is working on the West Highland with a B1.

NELPG News 221, June 2004

NELPG News 221, June 2004

The P3 has returned from the East Lancs Railway to NYMR. A RHS injector problem has been resolved by replacing the valve nose.  The P3 worked the Lambton Worm on 26 June and will visit the Weardale Railway for the reopening trains.  Q6 is progressing well towards rewheeling and good progress is being made with the boiler.  The K1 attended Railfest at York prior to travelling to Fort William with the B1.  A hot RHS trailing coupled wheel axlebox was repaired following a return of the engine to Carnforth and considerable effort.  Q7 is not at NRM Shildon.  Martin Lloyd writes a moving obituary for Martin Pearson.

NELPG News 220, April 2004

NELPG News 220, April 2004

The P3 has reverted to NER livery and is back on NYMR after working on the East Lancs Railway, where it was used on 35 occasions and ran 2,138 miles.  The Q6 (T2) overhaul continues with work on axleboxes, horn stay bolt holes, new cab sides etc being undertaken.  Boiler work continues with copper welding taking place.  The K1 winter maintenance is complete and the loco is back on NYMR after a visit to Thornaby for tyre turning.  A report is given of the Lancashire railtours.

NELPG News 219, February 2004

NELPG News 219, February 2004

NELPG News 218, December 2003

NELPG News 218, December 2003

NELPG News 217, October 2003

NELPG News 217, October 2003

NELPG News 216, August 2003

NELPG News 216, August 2003

NELPG News 215, June 2003

NELPG News 215, June 2003