North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

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North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

Friday 14th September, Q6 enters traffic

Q6 working hard near Levisham on the 4pm from Pickering - Bill Dobson

Thursday's test run up the bank had to be aborted after a problem with the brakes. Today, after a light engine run up the bank and back during the morning, the Q6 was attached to the rear of the 14.30 departure from Grosmont to Pickering. All went well, so with Ian Pearson on the regulator it headed the 16.00 departure from Pickering. All bearings ran cool and the locomotive ran without problems.

On the Friday, the necessary work having been completed, Ian Pearson was the driver, and he managed a run up the bank to near Goathland in the morning. Again all was fine. It was therefore decided to put the Q6 on the back of the 1430 departure from Grosmont for a run to Pickering, with 76079 leading at the front (see photo). On arrival at Pickering, Ian reported again that following checks of the axleboxes and motion, all was well, and the Q6 then did all the work on the return journey, leading from the front, with 76079 reportedly making no contribution on the rear. The Q6 then retired back to the shed and was disposed with another clean bill of health.

Q6 on the rear of the 1430 NYMR service train from Grosmont passing Moorgates - Jon Bradley

The move to the Severn Valley for their Gala over the 20th - 23rd September was therefore confirmed, and today the Q6 ran light engine to New Bridge, Pickering, with Ian Pearson again driving and Richard de Sadeleer as his fireman. The opportunity was also taken to turn it on the Pickering turntable so the smokebox faces south once more (see photo). The engine and tender will be split tomorrow, and be collected by lorry on Monday. Barney Casey, the senior NYMR fitter will be accompanying the Q6 and will be able to fix any problems should they arise while the Q6 is away. It is then due back in the first couple of days of the week beginning 25 September so it will be available to star in the NYMR Gala on the 28th - 30th September, along with the J27.

Q6 at New Bridge, Pickering after turning to face south - Richard de Sadeleer.

Although, as a result, there will be no Q6 working party next Wednesday, there is clearing and tidying up to be done in Deviation Shed, and also a J27 to clean if it is not in service. So any volunteers wanting a day out in Grosmont on Wednesday will be very welcome.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 September 2018 23:01

Open Meeting 28th September

The NELPG Committee invites all its members to an Open Meeting to be held at 7.30pm on Friday 28th September 2018 at the RA Club, Brinkburn Road, Darlington, DL3 9LF.

This meeting is being held to improve communication between the Committee and the membership without the formality of a General Meeting.

The provisional agenda for this meeting will include, but is not limited to, discussion about our locomotives, 63395, 65894, 69023 & 62005, the first two of which will hopefully be operating at the NYMR gala over the weekend 28-30th September.

This meeting is an opportunity to bring directly to the Committee any of your thoughts about NELPG now and for the future. Members of the Committee will be present to answer your questions and listen to your views.

If you have any specific questions that you would like discussed at the meeting, whether you are able to be present or not, and you would like to send them to us in advance, please address them and send to myself.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 10:54

Monday 6th August 2018 - J72 Boiler Lift

Yet another warm day at Hopetown for the boiler lift.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 September 2018 16:39

Working Parties

The regular Monday and Thursday working parties continue at Hopetown on the J72. The Thursday working parties are now usually during the day only.

Working parties take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays on the Q6 at Grosmont. Please contact Andy Lowes or Ian Pearson if you wish to attend.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 August 2018 22:15

Hopetown Works Open Days

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 Saturday, 21 January 2017 08:02

Thursday 13th September 2018, Q6 meets J27

After disposal, the Q6 met the J27 in the running shed. The J27 had a warming fire for a post washout and repair steam test. This must be the first time that the two locomotives have met, in steam, and in the same BR livery, since the end of steam on BR.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 10:58

Change of Officers

Following the NELPG AGM, our Chairman, John Hunt, wrote to all other directors of the company stating his wish to relinquish his role as Chairman of the NELPG.

So, at its first meeting following the AGM, the Committee had a larger task than usual electing officers. The Officers are now, or at least will be after Companies House formalities are completed:

Chairman Chris Lawson
Secretary Roy Marshall
Treasurer Richard Wheeler

The Committee decided not to appoint a Vice Chairman but to leave the chairing of committee meetings to those present when Chris Lawson is away.

John Hunt has agreed to continue with his other roles, most visibly: Director/Trustee, Newsletter Editor and Jacobite organiser.

John was elected Chairman by the Committee after the 1998 AGM, and has served the company in that role for 20 years. During these post railway privatisation years, John has guided the NELPG through Blue Peter's Indian summer, the end of our stay in No.5 Depot at ICI Wilton, our move to Hopetown, our involvement with the Jacobite, and of course the 50th anniversary. We have so much to thank him for, and look forward to his future contribution to the NELPG.


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 Sunday, 03 September 2017 08:23

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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 Fort William in service hauling the Jacobite.

Q6 63395
Q6 63395
On NYMR in traffic.

J27 65894

J27 65894 (NER P3 2392)
On  NYMR in traffic.

J72 69023
J72 69023 Joem
At Hopetown Works for general overhaul.