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North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

Our J72 is set to Steam Again - A massive endorsement by NELPG members

69023 at Sheringham, North Norfolk Railway, 13th March 2011 (Richard Pearson)

From a ballot of the NELPG membership completed in July the NELPG members have voted overwhelmingly to proceed with the overhaul of its unique North Eastern Railway designed J72 tank engine number 69023 ‘Joem’.

Joem is arguably the group’s ‘Victorian’ celebrity locomotive and its popularity has been demonstrated by many visits to heritage lines right across the country. When returned to steam railway enthusiasts will once again be able to see her as a North Eastern ambassador for the NELPG.

Work is to start immediately to finalise contracts for the key elements needed to return her to service. The award of contracts for the boiler overhaul and new cylinder block are expected to be placed during September and the mechanical restorations progressed at the Hopetown workshops in Darlington. Overall, it is a major project to get her up and running once again with a return to service expected late 2023.

For the boiler it is a 10-year overhaul requiring a new copper tubeplate, the part renewal of its main boiler barrel, a new smoke box and replacement of 69 worn copper boiler stays. All fixtures and fittings will also be refurbished, as necessary.

The opportunity to renew the locomotive’s cylinder block is also being taken. Towards the end of its previous running the existing casting was found to be worn and the base metal significantly reduced. With the boiler removed we can have full access to facilitate the replacement and hopefully a new block will be good well in to the future.

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 Wednesday, 23 September 2020 20:58

NELPG Webshop

Seasonal sales items

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 Sunday, 25 October 2020 19:48

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 29th October 2020:

Donations to appeal: £11,301.20

Sponsored boiler stays:

Boiler Stays


Sponsored boiler tubes:

Boiler Tubes


Cylinder block shares:

Cylinder block

So far Gift Aid has added £2,296.25

Click here for more information or to make a donation