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North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

J72 Arrival at Hopetowm for Winter Maintenance


All vehicles back inside the shed and the working party removing rods from J72 - Colin Smith

The J72 arrived back at Hopetown on Wednesday. A large working party under the direction of locomotive caretaker Fred Ramshaw immediatly set about dismantling for winter maintenance and the investigation of a knock.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 January 2017 16:53

Q6's last days of operation

Some photographs of the last days of operation of the Q6 before its boiler ticket expires.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 January 2017 22:33

Tender Fabrication

More progress on the new tank today at Stockton.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 December 2016 13:46

2017 Calendar

Copies of the 2017 NELPG Calendar are now available.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 November 2016 19:53

Heritage Railway Article

An article entitled "NELPG keeping North Eastern Steam Alive" has been published in this month's "Heritage Railway" (issue 221). Enjoy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:52

50th Anniversary of Closure of North Road Works

Darlington Works Reborn.

This Article by Maurice Burns was published in Heritage Railway magazine to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of North Road Works, Darlington on 2 April 1966. It finishes with a section on the rise of Hopetown Works

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 March 2016 12:56

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

NELPG 50th Anniversary

Well, the party is now over. What a weekend. Here is a collection of images of the various events.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 January 2017 17:05

HRA Awards

We are delighted to report that the Group has been shortlisted by the Heritage Railway Association (HRA) for the Peter Manisty award for excellence, along with the North Norfolk Railway, in the large group category. The winner will not be known until the HRA awards dinner on 11 February at the Grand Station, Wolverhampton, but a feather in our cap to be at least shortlisted in this, our 50th Anniversary year.

Other shortlistings in other categories include the Darlington Railway Preservation Society for the restoration of 78018 and the North Bay Railway, Scarborough for its new build steam locomotive 'Georgina' - congratulations to them both.


The Book - Keeping North Eastern Steam Alive

This fully illustrated book telling the story of the 50 years of the Group is due to be published on 28th October to coincide with the Group's 50th Anniversary celebrations.This is no ordinary book as it not only tells how the many magnificent achievements were reached over the 50 years but also lots of inside stories that for various reasons could not be told till now.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 November 2016 12:49

50th Anniversary Press Coverage

Press coverage has started to appear regarding NELPG's 50th Anniversary.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 11:30

Working Parties

The regular Monday and Thursday working parties continue at Hopetown on the J27. The Thursday working parties are now usually during the day only. If you want to join them and help at Darlington, please  contact Terry Newman (Monday evening) or Neal Woods (Thursday) if you wish to attend a working party.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 April 2016 17:09

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 WCRC Carnforth for maintenance.

Q6 63395
Q6 63395
On NYMR winter maintenance.

J27 65894

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

J72 69023
J72 69023 Joem
At Hopetown Works, for winter maintenance.