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North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

J72 Overhaul Update March 2021

69023 Boiler Inside View


Close examination of the boiler components has revealed that they are in a much poorer condition than had been anticipated from what could be established before dismantling. Several more stays have been removed this week to confirm the condition of a wider area of the wrapper sides.

Ian Storey, Neal Woods, Paul Hutchinson and Richard Pearson have all viewed the boiler (though not simultaneously) to help inform the engineering decisions which are now required, before instructing NSEL on how to proceed.

A number of costed options for repair have been provided by NSEL. The financial implications for the overhaul are being worked through and will be considered by the Project Team and by the Board.

Two drawings have been obtained from the National Railway Museum. One of the later boiler diagram, as used on our locomotive, and one showing various fastenings on the boiler. These will help with the overhaul of the boiler, as they confirm the design size and thickness of the boiler plates.

Cylinder Block

The original cylinder block halves are now at South Lincs Foundry (SLF). Pattern-making will commence soon.


A further set of horn guides has been machined and one set of horn stays has been welded up and await machining to suit the horn guides.


NELPG needs to invest some £225,000 to steam Joem again and a ‘Set to Steam Again’ appeal has been launched for direct donations or sponsorships.

For more details of the appeal including the opportunity to sponsor specific elements of the overhaul click here

All donations will be gratefully received.  Please, if you can, support Joem’s much needed return to steam.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 March 2021 12:43

Darlington Railway Heritage Quarter – NELPG and the 1861 Shed

A Press Release issued jointly by the National Railway Museum at Locomotion, Shildon and Darlington Borough Council on 5 March reported the good news that a compromise agreement had been reached over the future location of Locomotion No 1.

It went on to state though that, as part of the development by the Council of the Darlington Railway Heritage Quarter at Hopetown, NELPG will be occupying and operating the 1861 Shed on the site, along with the Darlington Railway Preservation Society. This has subsequently been reported by the railway press. However, in respect of NELPG, this is not the case. NELPG is in negotiation with Darlington Borough Council to see if the 1861 Shed can be configured to meet our needs, but has, as yet, made no commitment to move into the building. Darlington Borough Council has acknowledged that to be the case, apologised for its error, and had given an assurance that a correction had been advised to all recipients of the original Press Release. It would appear that the message did not get through to all.

Members will continue to be advised of progress with the discussions with the Council, but, if unsuccessful, the Group will have to find a new base for its locomotive overhauls, after twenty years at Hopetown.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 April 2021 19:55

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 Monday, 15 June 2020 22:13

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 Monday, 15 June 2020 18:11

NELPG Webshop

J72 Appeal Pens PensNEW J72 Appeal Pens

NELPG S&D 200 'Four in Steam for 2025' PensNEW S&D200 'Four in Steam for 2025' Pens

As well as our old favourites, this year we have some new items for the J72 Appeal. So please place your orders as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Further items will be added as they become available so keep an eye on the Shop.
In the meantime, here are the items for this Christmas - all prices include postage and packing.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2020 21:56

Working Parties

Working parties are suspended due to coronavirus measures. Some limited working is starting up. See "COVID-19 Resumption of Working Parties" notice.

The regular Monday and Thursday working parties continue at Hopetown on the J72. The Monday working party is from 19:00 until 21:00. The Thursday working party is from 9:00 until 16:00. Please contact Nigel Hall if you wish to attend.

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

Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2020 18:10

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 Monday, 15 June 2020 18:11

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
On NYMR for winter maintenance.

Q6 63395
Q6 63395
On NYMRwinter maintenance.

J27 65894

J27 65894 (NER P3 2392)
On NYMR winter maintenance.

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

J72 Appeal progress up to 8th April 2021:

Donations to appeal: £23,994.80

Sponsored boiler girder stay bolts:

Girder Stay Bolts


Sponsored washout plugs:

Washout Plugs


Sponsored boiler tubes:

Boiler Tubes


Cylinder block shares:

Cylinder block

So far Gift Aid has added at least £3,857.70

Click here for more information or to make a donation