North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

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North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

23rd to 28th October 2021 - Q6 Test Runs

The end of the line! Bill Dobson takes a bow after the Q6 hauls it's first train since overhaul - Jonathan Bradley

The Q6 is finally back in revenue earning service, so many thanks to Bill and Ian Pearson in particular, but also to everyone else who has been involved over the past two years, for all their hard work in overcoming frustrating setbacks and problems, culminating in the successful arrival at Pickering on the Thursday of 63395 with the 14.30 departure from Grosmont.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 November 2021 11:47

K1 - Monday 26th July 2021

The locomotive returned to Carnforth today.

The locomotive has been withdrawn because of excessive flange wear. One flange is at the minimum. The tyres had already been turned to the miniimum size so will need to be replaced before the locomotive sees further service.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 July 2021 21:01

NELPG Book & Video Webshop

The items below are now available for immediate purchase and all proceeds directly support NELPG in the maintenance and overhaul of its locomotives.

Please identify any items you wish to purchase and then proceed to the bottom of the page to make a donation to the value of the items you require plus £3.50 per order for postage and packaging.  Please include the type (e.g. DVD or book) and items numbers of your required purchases (these appear at the start of each line) in the notes section when making your donation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 December 2021 09:54

COVID-19 Resumption of Working Parties

The NELPG board consider that it is feasible for some working parties to resume within the COVID-19 restrictions. Volunteers wishing to make themselves available again should familiarise themselves with the information below, and with the documents on the matter under the Volunteers->COVID-19 menu.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 July 2021 21:20

Monthly Social Meetings

All social meetings are suspended due to COVID-19 measures.

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 Saturday, 31 July 2021 21:15

Darlington Railway Heritage Quarter

Unfortunately the optimism expressed in the December issue of NELPG News and earlier messages was recently dashed by a communication from Darlington Borough Council that the length of the shed needed by NELPG to carry out various operations on engines and the coach in a safe manner could not be provided. Detailed discussions have taken place, and unfortunately there does not seem to be a solution in sight.

We were being asked to make a commitment by 12th April to move into the 1861 building in the Autumn of 2022, otherwise to vacate our base in the Carriage Works at that time. At a meeting the Board decided we could not make that commitment.

The steps necessary to bring our lease at Hopetown Carriageworks to an end are in progress.. The date proposed is 1st September 2022.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 July 2021 21:40

NELPG Webshop

NELPG BadgeNELPG Enamel Badge

The long promised NELPG enamel badges have now finally arrived (see photo below, greatly enlarged) in blue only and with a pin fitting, priced at £6.00 each including postage and packing.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 December 2021 21:17

Working Parties

Working parties were suspended due to coronavirus measures. Some limited working has started up. See "COVID-19 Resumption of Working Parties" notice.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 July 2021 21:16

Hopetown Works Open Days

Open days are suspended due to CVID-9 measures.

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, 31 July 2021 21:13

AIA Logo

The overhaul of J72 No 69023 Joem is being supported by a restoration grant from the Association of Industrial Archaeology.

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 West Coast Carnforth - worn  flanges and tyres at scrapping size.

Q6 63395
Q6 63395
On NYMR available for traffic.

J27 65894

J27 65894 (NER P3 2392)
On NYMR available for traffic.

J72 69023
J72 69023 Joem
At Hopetown Works for general overhaul. See appeal details.

J72 Appeal progress up to 20th December 2021:

Donations to appeal: £58,649.30

Sponsored boiler girder stay bolts:

Girder Stay Bolts


Sponsored washout plugs:

Washout Plugs


Sponsored boiler tubes:

Boiler Tubes


Cylinder block shares:

Cylinder block

Gift Aid totalling a minimum of £9,668.84 has yet to be claimed and will then be added to the total raised

Click here for more information or to make a donation