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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 Saturday, 31 July 2021 22:24

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The locomotive has been withdrawn because of excessive flange wear.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

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

J72 Appeal Pens PensNEW NELPG Enamel Badges

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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 August 2021 20:55

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

J27 attends North Tynside Museum's 30th anniversary

The J27 iwent on its own staycation earlier this month. It travelled to North Shields, that well known holiday destination, to attend the North Tyneside Steam Railway’s 30th Anniversary Gala at Middle Engine Lane on 9-11 July. The railway is part of the Stephenson Railway Museum, and the Railway Supporters Association operates heritage services on weekends over the 2-mile line down to Percy Main.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 July 2021 22:21

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 Monday, 09 August 2021 07:04

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

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 winter maintenance.

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 11th October 2021:

Donations to appeal: £57,704.80

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 £9,521.35

Click here for more information or to make a donation