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North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

J72 Overhaul & Appeal Update

69023 boiler being lowered onto the lorry at Hopetown on 14 October 2020. Terry Newman. NELPG Collection.

Following a competitive tender, the contract for the overhaul of the J72 boiler has been awarded to Northern Steam Engineering Ltd of Stockton on Tees. A contract has been signed and the boiler was moved to their premises from the NELPG workshops at Hopetown, Darlington on 14 October. The planned work includes a new copper tubeplate, part renewal of the main boiler barrel, a new smoke box, replacing 69 worn copper stays and a complete retube. All fixtures and fittings will be refurbished as necessary. It is estimated that the work will be completed by the end of 2021.

Separately, a visit has been arranged to a Foundry which will, subject to a successful outcome and confirmation of terms, make the pattern and cast the new cylinder block.

A grant of £1,000 towards the cost of the smokebox replacement has recently been received from the Veronica Awdrey Trust, to add to those already received from the Association for Industrial Archaeology and Darlington Borough Council for different parts of the overhaul. As at 1 November, the J72 Appeal had raised £11,700 by way of individual donations which, with match funding from an anonymous benefactor and Gift Aid, totalled £28,700. This includes sponsorship of 46 of the 69 required boiler stays and 67 of the 139 boiler tubes. The Appeal remains open.

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, 02 November 2020 20:46

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 1st December 2020:

Donations to appeal: £14,499.80

Sponsored boiler stays:

Boiler Stays


Sponsored boiler tubes:

Boiler Tubes


Cylinder block shares:

Cylinder block

So far Gift Aid has added £2,577.90

Click here for more information or to make a donation