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North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

Q6 moves under its own steam

With Inspector Terry Newman at the controls, Paul Huchinson walks along side checking as the Q6 makes its first gentle movement - Chris Lawson

As planned, the Q6 was put into light steam today, to continue the examination and adjustment process. At 2.45pm, it made its first gentle movement up the yard to start to remove any detritus from the cylinders and valves, following which it went on to the pit for the cylinder drain cocks to be refitted. It then was run up and down the yard for a few times to get the lubrication system up to speed before being put to bed.

Update 15/7/2014: The Q6  successfully passed it's insurance steam exam at New bridge in the presence of representatives of the railways MPD and LNWR Crewe. It is now planned to move the Q6 to Grosmont  late Thursday afternoon.

Update 17/7/2014 Inspector Newman reports: "I am pleased to state that the Q6 arrived at Grosmont at around 18.30 today without any problems."

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 22:10

Q6 arrives at New Bridge

The Q6 safely arrived at Pickering this morning, was unloaded, and the working party coupled it back to the tender as planned. It was moved over to the pit at New Bridge to enable the remaining pipes and connections to be made and then returned to the PW yard ready for tomorrow's working party to get on with the number of small jobs on the 'to do' list.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 09:52

J27 Boiler

Work continues at Crewe on the J27 boiler. It has now been moved into the boilershop and laid on its side. By the time of the Q6 working party visit on 17 June, the roof stays had all been removed, and Helen, the machinist, was working on removing the copper side stays (and complaining about how hard they are). Richard Watkins confirmed that they would be sending some off for analysis to check their composition.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 21:18

Easter on Wensleydale Railway

Maurice Burns took some photographs on Easter Saturday of the J72 on the noon departure from Leeming Bar.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 May 2014 21:21

Monthly Social Meetings

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 Friday, 06 February 2009 10:11

Q6 Departs Crewe

Following two volunteer working party visits to Crewe last month, and a successful functional steam test attended by our CME, John Graham, we were notified by Crewe at the end of last week that the repairs to the Q6 have now been completed and the locomotive is ready for collection and return to the NYMR. We have therefore arranged for it to be loaded at Crewe on 10 July and delivered back to New Bridge at Pickering, where the tender is currently stored.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 22:47

K1 in use on the Jacobite this week

Following the failure of Bert Hitchen's Black 5 No 45231 on its move last week to Fort William to start the Jacobite service on 12 May, the K1 has unexpectedly been pressed into service, and is running the Jacobite service for its first full week. Enormous thanks are due to the NELPG volunteers who responded at extremely short notice to provide the Support Crew and enable this to happen.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 21:51

Working Parties

Evening working parties will continue at Hopetown between 19:00 and 22:00 on Mondays and on some Thursdays.  Contact Terry Newman (Monday evening) or Fred Ramshaw (Thursday evening) if you wish to attend a working party. Daytime working parties take place between 11:00 and 17:00 on Thursdays.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 21:23

Hopetown Works Open Days

Hopetown Works is usually open for the public to visit between 10:00 and 16:00 on the third Saturday of each month. Please check the What's on menu item for details.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:05

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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 Tom na Faire depot, Fort William, available for Jacobite service.

Q6 63395
Q6 63395
At Grosmont on NYMR, preparing to return to traffic.

J27 65894
J27 65894 (NER P3 2392)
At Hopetown Works, for general overhaul, boiler at  Crewe.

J72 69023
J72 69023 Joem
At Wensleydale Railway, available for traffic.



A2 60532 Blue Peter
A2 60532 Blue Peter
Static exhibit at Barrow Hill.

Q7 901
Q7 901
Static exhibit at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Centre and Museum.