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North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

J72 Overhaul Update Feb 2021

69023 Upturned Boiler


The boiler barrel has been opened up and the copper tubeplate removed, by Northern Steam Engineering (NSEL), for close internal examination. Ultrasonic thickness testing has been completed on both the steel outer wrapper and the copper firebox. The testing of the steel wrapper proved challenging and the plates will be visually examined, to establish the extent of repairs required, once further dismantling of the boiler is complete.

Our insurance company inspector visited NSEL on 11th January accompanied by Dave Pennock and Neal Woods. This took place under NSEL’s strict Covid-19 measures which limit attendance at the site. The outcomes from the visual inspection and the NDT report are being assessed, pending some further dismantling to fully establish the condition of the firebox side sheets and corrosion around the stay heads.

Paul Hutchinson and Neal Woods visited NSEL on 29th January. The smokebox tubeplate had been removed to establish the extent of the grooving to the tubeplate and the condition of the angular joint ring. The bottom 3/4 of the backhead had been removed to aid examination of the outer firebox sides.

Once the examinations are completed. costing options will be provided to decide on the best way forward.

Cylinder Block

We plan to ship the original cylinder block halves to South Lincs Foundry (SLF) shortly, prior to the start of pattern making, which is expected to commence during February. Richard Pearson is arranging their transfer on pallets from Hopetown. An upfront deposit payment to SLF has been paid, following the contract award for pattern making and cylinder casting.


The wheelset assessment has been completed by James Pearcy. This has confirmed that the wheelsets are sound, apart from dishing in the boss faces, which will be rectified at the same time as tyre turning. Ultrasonic Axle Testing (UAT) and Eddy Current Testing will be carried out before the wheelsets are dispatched for tyre turning.

The eccentrics and the eccentric sheaths have been assessed and will need minimal work prior to refitting, once the wheelsets have been tyre turned.

The driving-wheel (centre) set of horn guides have been machined and refitted. The rear set of horn guides have been removed and will be machined shortly. The first 30 fitted bolts for the horn guides have been ordered. Neal Woods has ordered reamers and a 3-metre rule to progress the work on the horn guides and axleboxes.

Hopetown working parties have continued to progress only essential jobs, with limited numbers of volunteers, who have been specifically rostered. In the light of the current lockdown, the Project Team has decided that the cylinder block movement is the only essential job in the immediate future. The situation will be kept under review.

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 Monday, 08 February 2021 09:51

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 19th February 2021:

Donations to appeal: £22,484.80

Sponsored boiler girder stay bolts:

Girder Stay Bolts


Sponsored washout plugs:

Washout Plugs


Sponsored boiler tubes:

Boiler Tubes


Cylinder block shares:

Cylinder block

So far Gift Aid has added at least £3,587.55

Click here for more information or to make a donation