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North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

J72 Overhaul & Appeal Update Dec 2020

69023 boiler at Northern Steam Engineering. Neal Woods. NELPG Collection. IMG_8706

Northern Steam Engineering Limited (NSEL) has made good progress in dismantling the boiler. The smokebox, the copper tubeplate, the longitudinal stays, the regulator rod and all the girder stays have been removed. The old copper tubeplate will be measured, in order to obtain a price for the new copper. The boiler will shortly be turned upside down for convenience of work and inspection. There is some grooving on the throatplate/foundation ring area. We need to inspect the boiler together with our insurance company inspector. A date in early January is likely.

A technical specification and a purchase order have been prepared for the making of a pattern and casting of the new cylinder block, following a successful visit to South Lincs Foundry in Spalding. These documents have now been issued and the work will be put in the pattern making queue for completion in the New Year. Arrangements are being made to transport the old block to the Foundry.

Limited attendance working parties under Covid 19 control measures have been taking place at Hopetown, in order to release essential parts to be sent to contractors.

The progress made so far has been possible through the tremendous support received for the J72 Steam Again appeal. The generosity of members to the J72 Appeal has been overwhelming, and it is pleasing to report that as a result of recent publicity, which includes a feature on NELPG in the current issue of Heritage Railway magazine, a number of donations have now also been received from non-members of the Group, demonstrating the popularity of our J72 within the enthusiast community. As a result, and recalling the famous words of one of our founders, the late Kevin Hudspith who would announce at the early NELPG meetings “The fuund noo stands at…”, at the time of writing, the Appeal has raised approximately £35,000

NELPG needs to invest some £225,000 to steam Joem again and a ‘Set to Steam Again’ appeal has been launched for direct donations or sponsorships.

For more details of the appeal including the opportunity to sponsor specific elements of the overhaul click here

All donations will be gratefully received.  Please, if you can, support Joem’s much needed return to steam.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 December 2020 09:30

NELPG Webshop

J72 Appeal Pens PensNEW J72 Appeal Pens

NELPG S&D 200 'Four in Steam for 2025' PensNEW S&D200 'Four in Steam for 2025' Pens

As well as our old favourites, this year we have some new items for the J72 Appeal. So please place your orders as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Further items will be added as they become available so keep an eye on the Shop.
In the meantime, here are the items for this Christmas - all prices include postage and packing.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2020 21:56

Working Parties

Working parties are suspended due to coronavirus measures. Some limited working is starting up. See "COVID-19 Resumption of Working Parties" notice.

The regular Monday and Thursday working parties continue at Hopetown on the J72. The Monday working party is from 19:00 until 21:00. The Thursday working party is from 9:00 until 16:00. Please contact Nigel Hall if you wish to attend.

Working parties take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Grosmont. Please contact Ian Pearson if you wish to attend.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2020 18:10

Hopetown Works Open Days

Open days are suspended due to CVID-9 measures.

Hopetown Works is usually open for the public to visit between 11:00 and 15:00 on the third Saturday of each month. Please check the What's on menu item for details.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2020 18:11

COVID-19 Resumption of Working Parties

The NELPG board consider that it is feasible for some working parties to resume within the COVID-19 restrictions. Volunteers wishing to make themselves available again should familiarise themselves with the information below, and with the documents on the matter under the Volunteers->COVID-19 menu.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2020 22:13

Monthly Social Meetings

All social meetings are suspended due to COVID-19 measures.

These take place at 19:30, usually on the second Friday of the month between September and May. Meetings now take place in Darlington Club and Institute in Northgate; see the What's on menu item for details.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2020 18:11

AIA Logo

The overhaul of J72 No 69023 Joem is being supported by a restoration grant from the Association of Industrial Archaeology.

The NELPG exists to foster interest in, and to preserve examples of, steam locomotives, rolling stock and other items of railway interest connected with the North East of England.


Loco Board

K1 62005
K1 62005
At Fort William available for Jacobite service..

Q6 63395
Q6 63395
On NYMRwinter maintenance.

J27 65894

J27 65894 (NER P3 2392)
On NYMR in traffic.

J72 69023
J72 69023 Joem
At Hopetown Works for general overhaul. See appeal details.

J72 Appeal progress up to 17th January 2021:

Donations to appeal: £19,101.80

Sponsored fitted bolts:

Fitted Bolt


Sponsored washout plugs:

Washout Plugs


Sponsored boiler stays:

Boiler Stays


Sponsored boiler tubes:

Boiler Tubes


Cylinder block shares:

Cylinder block

So far Gift Aid has added £3,201.80

Click here for more information or to make a donation