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NELPG News magazine

NELPG publishes its own bi-monthly newsletter NELPG NEWS, which is posted free to all of the group's members. The history of the group is chronicled in its pages.

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NELPG News 328, April 2022

NELPG News 328, April 2022

The editorial reports that favourable discussions are ongoing with a view to the Group occupying part of the 1861 locomotive shed. Let us hope that this time, this new-found optimism can be realised.

NELPG News 327, February 2022

NELPG News 327, February 2022

The overwhelming vote in favour of the J72 and K1 overhauls is good news indeed and means that after several months of uncertainty, work can continue in earnest. The Group is very fortunate that it is in a strong financial position with the resources to fund the work, and the Trustees are to be congratulated in putting forward such comprehensive and cogent arguments to the membership to support the motions.

NELPG News 326, December 2021

NELPG News 326, December 2021

We come to the end of another interesting and for some, forgettable, year, because of the ravages and vagaries of the Covid pandemic. Just when we thought we might be getting back to a more recognisable normality, yet again we are in a period of uncertainty.

NELPG News 325, October 2021

NELPG News 325, October 2021

Sadly, despite the heroic efforts of Bill Dobson and his team, the optimism in the last issue of the NEWS of seeing the Q6 in steam at the NYMR’s autumn steam gala proved to be unfounded. It was, however, a close run thing, with the Q6 shown in the four-day gala Working Timetable, but last minute glitches prevented it performing as planned. However, the J27 flew the flag for the NELPG not only working the superb goods train but double heading with No. 29, something it subsequently did a couple of times on the Railway’s mid-week Moorlander dining service.

NELPG News 324, August 2021

NELPG News 324, August 2021

The J27 ran reliably on the North Tyneside for all three days of the Railway’s gala weekend.

NELPG News 323, June 2021

NELPG News 323, June 2021

The K1 has had to be withdrawn from Jacobite service due to excessive flange wear that has resulted in the tyres reaching the minimum allowed to run on Network Rail. The number of Trustees on the Board now comprises just five, following the recent resignations of Bill Dobson, Nigel Hall and Roy Marshall. Chris Lawson, has relinquished the role of Chairman, now taken on by Colin Foxton.

NELPG News 322, April 2021

NELPG News 322, April 2021

We seem to be on a way out of the awful Covid-19 pandemic, with cases falling and vaccinations increasing, day by day. This has led the central and regional Governments to steadily relax the Covid-19 restrictions so that, hopefully, by the middle of June, we will be back to some semblance of normality.There is every likelihood that the Jacobite steam service will commence on Monday 26th April and run through to the end of October, with the K1 operating alternate weeks from the week beginning 26th April through to the end of September. The NYMR intends to resume servicers on 15th May, based on the bronze timetable but subject to the sort of social distancing and booking procedures that were employed when running last year on services between Pickering and Whitby.

Unfortunately the optimism expressed in the December NELPG News was recently dashed by a communication from Darlington Borough Council that the length of the shed needed by NELPG to carry out various operations on engines and the coach in a safe manner could not be provided. Detailed discussions have taken place, and unfortunately there does not seem to be a solution in sight. We were being asked to make a commitment by 12th April to move into the 1861 Shed in the autumn of 2022, otherwise to vacate our base in the Carriage works at that time. At a recent meeting the Board decided we could not make that commitment, so it looks as though we will have to find alternative accommodation within the next 18 months.

NELPG News 321, February 2021

NELPG News 321, February 2021

Despite the pandemic, over the last year our two working locomotives amassed an unexpected but welcome 5,312 miles between them – 4,320 for the K1 and 992 for the J27. Sadly, the expected use of the locomotives on the NYMR in January and February has not proved possible because of the lockdown imposed after Christmas.

NELPG News 320, December 2020

NELPG News 320, December 2020

At the end of a awful year that no one could have predicted, it seems, at long last, that there is now a way out of the terrible worldwide pandemic. Let us hope so. I believe that the NELPG has come out of this relatively unscathed in terms of the virus adversely affecting our working members, though we have no way of knowing how it might have affected the wider membership. Hopefully, it has not.

 	NELPG News 319, October 2020

NELPG News 319, October 2020

The K1 duly completed its sojourn at Fort William on 28th September. The K1 managed 35 trips to Mallaig, covering just over 3,000 trouble free miles in the process. The long-heralded Q6 boiler lift finally took place on Monday 7th September. The J72 boiler was dispatched for repair on 14th October.

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