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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 306, August 2018

NELPG News 306, August 2018

The J27 duly commenced running on the NYMR and to date has amassed around 2,000 trouble free miles. However, it was always envisaged that it would only be suitable for lightly loaded trains and not the seven coach formations that characterise the peak season timetable on the NYMR. So, with the agreement of the Railway, the J27 has gone to the Wensleydale Railway for the month of August.

NELPG News 305, June 2018

NELPG News 305, June 2018

John Hunt stands down from the chair, Chris Lawson elected chairman and Roy Marshall secretary. This issue marks the recent return of the J27 to operation after its 12 year overhaul. Terry Newman and Maurice Burns write an obituary for Alan Toomer who died on 7th April.

NELPG News 304, April 2018

NELPG News 304, April 2018

At the time of writing we have feverish activity on three fronts – the K1, J27 and Q6 – with the common aim of getting each locomotive into traffic. Unsurprisingly, it will probably be a close run outcome with each locomotive but one thing is sure – all three will soon be in steam, earning essential income and providing enjoyment, not just to the passengers who travel behind them, but to those who have spent a large part of their spare time toiling to make it all happen. At Hopetown, work has already started on the overhaul of the J72, so there is still work to be done, and good reason to keep turning up on Mondays and Thursdays.

NELPG News 303, February 2018

NELPG News 303, February 2018

On Monday 8th January 2018 the NELPG Committee agreed, unanimously, to send the J27 to the NYMR for the completion of the overhaul, running-in and use at the start of the Railway’s 2018 season.

NELPG News 302, December 2017

NELPG News 302, December 2017

Another significant anniversary occurred on 1st December, since exactly 50 years previously the J27 65894 became the property of the NELPG. Ian Storey writes an obituary for Ken Hedley, who died on 22nd October.

NELPG News 301, October 2017

NELPG News 301, October 2017

50 years ago, on 9th September 1967, steam on British Railways in the north-east of England came to an end. Something we had taken for granted for so long, had come to an irrevocable end. The scenes reproduced in the following pages are intended to give a flavour of those final days of steam in the Durham and Northumberland coalfields, everyday scenes that inspired those ‘young men of vision’ to form the NELPG and set about saving a J27 and a Q6.

NELPG News 300, August 2017

NELPG News 300, August 2017

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the end of BR steam in the north east, which occurred on 9th September 1967, disappointingly we will not be able to steam the J27 and Q6 together as had been originally hoped.

NELPG News 299, June 2017

NELPG News 299, June 2017

In this issue, a proud Paul Hutchinson relates his tale of the K1’s role in the Railway Touring Company’s annual ‘World’ tour, Great Britain X. Starting and finishing in London, the tour encompassed the ECML from Kings Cross to Dundee, Perth to Kyle of Lochalsh and back, Glasgow to Preston, Grange over Sands to Bristol via Shrewsbury, Bristol to Penzance and Penzance to London Paddington. The K1 played a major role in this, covering no less than 951 miles and in the process achieved a number of ‘firsts’.

NELPG News 298, April 2017

NELPG News 298, April 2017

It was flattering for the Group to be shortlisted for the Heritage Railway Association’s large group award and even better to actually win it, although sharing it with the North Norfolk Railway.

NELPG News 297, February 2017

NELPG News 297, February 2017

The Committee has agreed to make Maurice Burns an Honorary Vice President in recognition of his contribution to the NELPG. With the sad passing of two of our former stalwarts – Peter Proud and Dave Martin – there are two fulsome and most fitting obituaries.

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