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North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

Wednesday 18th April 2018

The J27 nears completion in he boiler shop at Grosmont - Chris Lawson

In spite of strenuous efforts by the MPD staff, the J27 will not be steamed this week. There is still too much to do at the smokebox end and, although a fire could be lit now, it would serve no useful purpose and just cover everything in dirt and delay work even further. It is very disappointing news, but is in the best interests of getting the overhaul completed as quickly as we can. As it is, I have been assured that that first steaming will be done by the end of next week at the latest, provided no further problems arise - and I have been told the

J27 is fighting hard every inch of the way. However, contact is now being made with Glyn Coxhill, the boiler inspector, to get him booked in for the formal steam test as soon as he can after the initial one has been completed, so it cannot be too far away now!

At the smokebox, the steam pipe welding has been completed, the NDT is due to be carried out next Wednesday to be followed by the hydraulic.

The chimney has been fitted and centralised, but the blast pipe still needs adjusting to get it to sit square and central to the chimney. Some machining may be required, but that is still being measured and assessed. The smokebox door has now been adjusted to make it steam tight, and the smokebox number plate and 52G shed plate attached. The bottom of the smokebox wrapper has been prepared for painting on both sides so that the sandboxes can be fitted, and John Furness was painting them ready yesterday afternoon. The buffers have been retensioned and refitted.

Down at the other end, the brick arch has gone in, but the ashpan spray still needs to be repositioned to get the damper doors to operate properly. The drawbar pins are to be replaced as the old ones are badly worn and bent. Various bits of pipework and the handrails need to be fitted, but the cladding is now all on, except for the two small pieces round the firebox which will need to be made new. The cab sides have been rubbed down ready for varnishing. So it now looks more like a steam engine - see photo - but the tender is due to be brought down from Deviation Shed today or tomorrow to complete the picture.

Mark O'Brien is away for the next few days with the B1 in Scotland on GBXI (various parts were passed on its way by road to Bowness yesterday), but work will continue by the fitters in his absence, with Barney and Piglet keeping an eye on progress.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:21
 

Work begins on general overhaul of J72

On Thursday 15th March, work to dismantle the J72commenced.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 April 2018 10:14 Read more...
 

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
 

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.

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 Monday, 12 February 2018 08:40
 

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
 

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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.


Notices

Loco Board

K1 62005
K1 62005
At WCRC Carnforth for winter maintenance.

Q6 63395
Q6 63395
On NYMR winter maintenance.

J27 65894

J27 65894 (NER P3 2392)
At NYMR for completion of general overhaul.

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