North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
J27 Blog

A log of activity concerning the J27.

Wednesday 28th July 2021



My Grandsons first visit to Grosmont Shed today. The J27 as formal spare engine in the running shed from the shop gallery - Peter W.  Robinson

After a brief spell of operation following its return from North Tyneside, with the start of the Gold timetable from 26 July to 5 September and its seven coach sets, the J27 is now the formal spare engine. As it is limited to no more than six Mk 1s, if it is called into service, it will only be on the understanding that the Class 25 will be on the rear doimg all the work. After 5 September, it will return to duty on the four coach internal service between Grosmont and Pickering.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 July 2021 12:13

North Tyneside Gala


J27 with passenger train awaits departure - Colin Smith

J27 with freight - Colin Smith

65894 between Percy Main and Middle Engine Lane on the North Tyneside Steam Railway on 10 July 2021 - Michael Denholm

65894 shunts the demonstration freight train at Middle Engine Lane on the North Tyneside Steam Railway on 10 July 2021. Chris lawson

Following its successful staycation on the North Tyneside Steam Railway for their 30th Anniversary Gala, the J27 tender arrived back at New Bridge, Pickering, on Wednesday 14th July, followed by the engine yesterday. Paul Hutchinson and Angie were due to reconnect both parts today, and it is expected that the locomotive will be quickly back into traffic on the NYMR internal service diagram - keep an eye on the NYMR webcams. Attached are a few photos of the J27 at work between Percy Main and Middle Engine Lane during the Gala.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 July 2021 23:04

Arrival at North Tyneside


The J27 was moved to New Bridge, Pickering on Saturday 3 July, locomotive and tender split over the weekend, and then transported to the North Tyneside Railway in two loads on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday saw locomotive and tender reconnected and a fire lit, ready for test running on Thursday. Jon Bradley attended on Thursday to help and advise. He checked oiling up was done with no problems, and accompanied the crew on one run up and down the line to Percy Main. Everything appeared to be OK, he checked both slide bars and asked the crew to keep an eye on the oil quantities in both pots, but with the limited mileage that will be run there should not be a problem.

Jon was due to be in first thing this morning (Friday) to sign on with the crew and check they are OK, but once they do their first run he will depart. He reports that it was quite nostalgic to think they are running round on the site of the old Percy Main Shed, but the line now is through various modern industrial estates. Nevertheless, lots of interesting things in the Museum and he says it is well worth a visit. The J27 will be working a mix of passenger and freight demonstration trains on all three days of the Gala, on its own but also top and tailing and double heading with No 49 from Tanfield, and Bagnall No 401 from the home fleet, on at least one train during each day. For admission details go to I will be there myself tomorrow (Saturday) with a small sales stand so may hopefully see one or two of you then.

The J27 will return to the NYMR on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week and will then be available for service once more.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 July 2021 22:31

Preparation for North Tyneside



We had a successful day steam testing and running in the locomotive on Tuesday.

It was great to spend the day with Colin Smith, Paul Hutchinson, Angie Buxton, Richard Worrall and Finn Allen and Ian Pearson, and the Q6 gang too!. The sun was out, and we enjoyed our day fixing the odd defect, raising some steam and running the loco to see that the motion operated satisfactorily following the work done over the last 6 months. We aren't out of the woods yet, there is still a few minor jobs to attend too and the insurance exam itself of course.

Paul Hutchinson adjusting the safety valves - Colin Smith

Driver Ian Pearson making the the first independant movement up the yard - Colin Smith

Many Thanks to Paul Hutchinson for setting the safety valves, Ian for driving, and Adrian Dennis for his input on behalf of the NYMR during the test.

65894 on the pit at Grosmont after successful internal steam test on 22 June 2021 - Ian Pearson

Chris Henwood and Finn Allen by J27 stabled outside Deviation Shed - Nicholas Procter

We have our hot insurance exam at 10 30 on Thursday. Adrian Dennis is going to be in charge of the shed and will oversee the steam raising and the exam.

On Thursday the J27 successfully passed its insurance steam test with Glyn Coxhill, Bureau Veritas boiler inspector and Chris Henwood in attendance. The locomotve spent the rest of the week hauling the Grosmont - Pickering service.

65894 and NYMR Fuss Free Carriage at Pickering for Chris Dickerson's funeral cortege on 28 June 2021 - Dave Pennock

After turning, hauling the 12.30 ex Grosmont on 29th June - Nigel Hall

North Tyneside

Chris Lawson has been dealing with this in terms of hire agreement, and organising transport, but I have been in contact with Stephen Thornton at the NT railway discussing our involvement as owners representatives with the j27 when it gets up there.

What a nice way to spend a few days, looking after our loco, on a different railway alongside their own home fleet and other visiting engines!

The loco and tender arrive by road on the Monday and Tuesday. They will unite the two on the Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning (I will confirm at a later date when I know more) and a warming fire is to be lit Wednesday evening.

Thursday will be raising steam and testing, aswell as crew familiarity running.

Friday Saturday and Sunday are all Gala running days!

Jon Bradley and Ian Storey I believe are going to attend during the Gala event and the days leading up to it. Please do get in touch if you would like to be involved on any of the days, and If you would like accommodation. We can form some sort of 'Roster', and I can send it across to Stephen they know who's coming and when. I dont know alot more at this point, but I'll update you all as I find out more.

That's if we pass the exam and get the loco run in, of course. it could still go horribly wrong!

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 July 2021 11:54

Sunday 20th June - preparation for steam test


There are still a few outstanding odd jobs to complete before the steam test, and before the loco enters traffic. Here is a rough idea of what is happening this coming week, please let me know if you would like to be involved with any of it


The MPD is doing an 'independent exam' as part of its own annual inspection. I have no doubt that a small jobs list will soon appear following this. No doubt there'll be the odd split pin or locking nut we've yet to fit! There are still a few bolts on the buffer beam that need addressing.. Two of the newer bolts will need to be removed, have a 'key' welded on, and re fitted.

If anyone is happy to attend on Monday that would be great, I will be at work, sadly.

The idea is to put a warming fire in on Monday evening, with a view to raise some steam on Tuesday. Barry Neesham is making up some new safety link pins, which can be fitted when they are ready.


Paul Hutchinson and I are planning to go to shed on Tuesday to do our steam test and set the safety valves. There doesn't need to be a lot of people about for this, as I am sure we will have an MPD fitter about overseeing the test, again, for their own exam, but it would still be great to have a few people about! We can all fix odd defects as we find them, drink tea and catch up, and inevitably console each other when it all goes horribly wrong.


I suppose Wednesdays work will be continuing to rectify issues from the previous two days, and all being well, putting a warming fire in for Thursday Hot exam.


Hot exam. Fingers crossed.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 July 2021 20:55

Saturday 12th June 2021


The J27 is back on 5 Road after the Loco and Tender were reunited yesterday (Saturday).

I am hoping that this weeks Q6 working party can be expanded and working members can be set on jobs on the J27 as well.

Finn Allen will also be continuing to work on our engine, and some of Chris Kelleys boiler team will be starting to box up the boiler early this coming week.

I will be in at some point on Monday, and then I will be in after work during the week when I can to get what I can done.

It would be great if anyone can work Tuesday and Wednesday, and liase with Ian Pearson and the Shed to organise doing one of the jobs that you are happy to crack on with.

Last Tuesday Paul Hutchinson, Les Harper and Ste Gibson worked on completing the work required on the locomotives motion and cylinder block. Finn Allen worked with them, and then he continued to progress the job during the week as well. Many thanks to the whole team, and for the MPD for allowing Finn to work on the loco.

Jobs still to do:

Drawgear and Buffer Beam

- two of the secondary link pins are to be replaced, one of the good pins (currently dropped in the tender side of the links) should make a good pattern to work off to make two others. P Middleton is getting B Neesham on the case. In the mean time, the other pins including the main drawbar pins can be secured and split pinned.

- The big drawbar Spring, retaining washer and Nut need to be fitted onto the drawbar and cottered up.

- water bags, vag bag, steam heat etc to be connected between loco and tender.

- the Buffer beam has two new bolts, but needs two appropriate nuts and washers signing out of the stores and fitting, then the whole are including headstock fittings needs fitting/nipping/split pinning.

- on completion, the whole beam needs painting!.


- Finn Allen has sourced a barrow load of broken brick arch for the smokebox, this is to be laid across the exposed cylinder block, and then covered with layer of concrete, which can be found on 4 Road in the running shed.


- two of the four boiler doors need fettling still, otherwise the loco is to be boxed up.

- The boiler inspector commented that there was a buildup of loose scale stuck in the stays above the throat plates front centre door hole, this may need to be quickly washed out first.

- The mud hole doors and plugs are in deviation shed, on the shelf on the right at the top of the stairs.

- The top doors including the 'unfettled' ones are in the locomotives cab.



Tursday 8th June 2021


Tuesday was a very warm day at Grosmont with Paul Hutchinson, Steve Gibson, Les Harper, and Fin Allen working on the J27, with Chris Henwood joining them later in the afternoon after work. With Fin also working on the Wednesday, most of the jobs on Chris’s list have been completed with only a small number still outstanding. The bolts for the front buffer beam were due to be available by the end of the week, and boxing up the boiler was on target for being done next week. Representatives of the North Tyneside Railway are due to visit Grosmont next Wednesday (16th) for a look see before the J27 is due to be moved there in the week beginning 5 July to participate in the Association's 30th Anniversary Gala at North Shields over the weekend of 9-11 July. It will return to the NYMR during the next week, so only a short staycation.

Chris's job list referred to above:

  1. Fit front valve covers - (Nuts etc in Red box)
  2. Fit valve packing and followers
  3. Fit associated motion and oil pipes.
  4. Cotters and secondary cotters are in the buckets on the running boards. Split pin as required.
  5. Drain cock linkages (some on wall next to engine)
  6. Drain Cock pipes in Buckets
  7. Both little end pins are fitted but need flogging up, and cotters fitting (In the Buckets)
  8. Big end taper pin top nuts need nipping up, this will require pinching the loco back and forward as necessary to get purchase on the nuts.
  9. Fettle boiler doors and blue in
  10. Fit front running board
  11. Nip up all buffer beam nuts - split pins as required.
  12. Fit vac and steam heat pipes and clips etc
  13. Concrete smoke box
  14. Box up
  15. Fit cab floor sections
  16. Reunite loco and tender, draw bars in deviation shed, pins in Cab and Tender floor.

30th May 2021


There is a lot to do on the both the Q6 and J27, on what is now the final week before both locos insurance 'in steam' exams.

If you are available to come along on Tuesday, please do get in touch with me.

We had a slight set back at the close of play on Saturday on attempting to fit the rear valve covers. the valve spindle in the fitted position is directly below the leading axle. We should have fitted the rear covers and then fitted the valves. Lesson learnt.

(When I say slight set back, it was actually incredibly frustrating. Not only did we have to remove the oil pipes and front covers again, as we attempted to move the valves gently to allow clearance between the rear spindle and the axle, the rings popped. Removing and re securing the valve rings will now make for a time consuming job which had already been done, and could have been avoided, at a time when we could have really done without it. alot of cursing occurred, and we promptly gave up and went to Robsons for a barbecue instead.)

Please read through the following jobs and let me know which you would like to be on with:

  • Remove both valves, clean up and prepare the rings for securing (paper/plastic to secure) fit the rear covers, fit the valves, fit the front covers.
  • Put a layer of sand in the smokebox, mix up some concrete and lay on top of the sand in the smokebox.
  • Fettle the remaining two boiler doors and blue in to the door holes. Fettle as required until there is a bit of blue all round.
  • Fit the big end brasses, fit the con rods, little end pin in. Associated bolts/cotters/split pins
  • Paint the rear draw bar section, clean up all draw bar and safety link pins and grease ready to re unite loco and tender
  • Fit front middle section of running plate infront of the smoke box, re fit vac pipe and steam heat pipe and valve.

I look forward to hearing from you.


25th May 2021


Exam date:

Bill Dobson is pushing for a joint insurance steam exam date for the P3 and the T2 during the week beginning 7th of June, this gives us approximately 2 weeks to be ready. Hopefully we will enter traffic soon after, providing we don't have too many defects of course.


It was great to finally meet and work with our groups Membership Secretary, Colin Smith on Saturday. Mid morning we were joined by a gang of footplate cleaners, and together we made progress on refitting the inner most buffer beam plate, and made a good start setting up a few other jobs. The safety valve bosses were cleaned up and the safety valves themselves, pre made gaskets (thanks Neal), nuts and washers were brought down and are now securely sat on the running board ready for fitting. The piston packings and followers were cleaned up and are in situ in the block ready to be properly fitted. The first coat of primer was applied to the loco/tender draw bar. Colin degreased and wire wheeled every one of the fixings for the buffer beam assembly. After the inner most section was fitted on Saturday, a couple of sporadic hours on Monday and Tuesday evening and a bit if daytime assistance from the MPD meant that as of Tuesday evening, the full buffer beam was on and the drawbar fitted to allow the locomotive to be shunted to 5 Road, which should be happening tomorow.

Potential Working party days

(For anyone who hasn't been to Grosmont for a while, sign in at the MPD, sign in at deviation shed, take temperatures, and wear a mask and do the usual Covid routine, we are all well rehearsed at this now of course!)

James Pearcy and I will be in this coming Saturday if anybody wants to join us?

I will then be available to be on shed Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday and Sunday.

The focus of the week will mainly be to work with the MPD boilersmiths to box the boiler up, get concrete into the smokebox, and have a steam test before the exam date.

The rest of the time will be used to fit the motion, and finish any jobs associated with the smokebox, buffer beam, and cab. We will have to have a shunt to reunite the loco and tender at some point aswell.

The progress and natural flow of the work load will probably dictate start and finish times, and potential days off for me at least, but if anyone wants to come and work on a certain day and work between specific times, I will work around you of course! just let me know when you're free and I'll provide an up to date list of jobs for you to decide what you'd like to do.. it will be good to see you, and we'll have some good working days hopefully.

We can even go and sit INSIDE the crossing club afterwards and try very hard not to drink all of the very good Beer on offer, before the drive home!

List of jobs

Cylinder block.

  • Front cover nuts to fully tighten up using breaker bar.
  • Oil pipes: Clean, Anneal and Fit
  • Oil pipes: prime with oil once partially fitted. Lubricator test to see how much oil is coming through each pump and adjust as required
  • Piston packings final fit.
  • Piston rod and crosshead to cotter back together.
  • Bump tests/ check everything moving satisfactorily

Buffer Beam.

  • Remaining bolts and front running board to fit.
  • Vacuum Pipe to fit.
  • Steam heat pipe to fit.
  • Paint


  • Small Ejector valve to fit.


  • Safety Valves to fit.
  • Two doors still to fettle and blue in.


  • Draw gear to paint.
  • Clean up all draw gear components.
  • Unite loco and tender


  • To concrete out.
  • Fit number plate and shed code.

Motion/Running gear.

  • Just, all of it really. Its going to be very heavy, and awkward, and many tea breaks will be required.
  • That Split pin in the left hand intermediate spring that i need to ask Neal about, Neal?...

Look forward to catching up with you all, Spending a few days working on our engine, drinking some crap tea and trying not to say 'I can't believe its June already!?' too much.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 July 2021 22:14

5th May 2021


A great effort from a team, essentially made up of NYMR volunteers this bank holiday weekend, to get the Pistons and Valves ringed and inserted into the Cylinder Block, and to prepare for the boilers 'Cold' exam on Tuesday.

It is a shame that no one from NELPG was around to join in what was a very good, hands on and 'educational' weekend.

On Tuesday, the J27 passed it cold exam by Glyn Coxall, the BV insurance inspector, with myself, Richard de Sadeleer and Tom Noble in attendance.

Although there is a nice 'regular' team working on the locomotive who are committed until we steam the thing, it is a shame that working members of our own group are not participating as well..

There is something for everyone to do, and you're own experience and input would be very much appreciated as we put our 'kit of parts' back together.

I am in Scotland for two weeks now, but working parties will continue as usual. if you would like to get involved could you contact myself please, then I can organise working parties remotely

You could also speak directly to Neal Woods who will be RO for the working party days, or Richard de Sadeleer or Robson Hewitson, who are well up to date with what needs to be done, and are likely to be involved in the coming weeks. We can make arrangements for working parties anytime essentially, to suit you, so long as there is a NELPG RO available, or an agreed person from the shed to 'supervise'.


  • «
  •  Start 
  •  Prev 
  •  1 
  •  2 
  •  3 
  •  4 
  •  5 
  •  6 
  •  7 
  •  8 
  •  9 
  •  Next 
  •  End 
  • »

Page 1 of 9