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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

Preparation for leaving the Carriage Works

Maurice Burns was asked to identify various wooden patterns for Arthur Jenkins and called in to Hopetown Monday morning, 28th March.

It was a interesting visit to see where we are. I also thought it right to take a few pictures to record the last few months.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2022 22:45

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

Limited working has started up. See "COVID-19 Resumption of Working Parties" notice.

Working Parties are now taking place at:

  • Hopetown on J72 on Thursdays from 10:00 to 16:00. RO Arthur Jenkins, 07960 093756
  • Grosmont on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on Q6 and J27 from 09:00 to 17:00. RO Ian Pearson 07956 11993
  • Grosmont on other occasions on J27. RO Chris Henwood 07929 733934
  • Carnforth at weekends on K1. RO Paul Hutchinson 07964 988551

It is essential that volunteers contact the RO before the day of the working parety to let him know that they are available to be rostered. No volunteer should appear at a working party, unless specifically rostered for that day.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 February 2022 13:28

Hopetown Works Open Days

Open days are suspended due to COVID-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 Tuesday, 25 January 2022 17:59

SGM December 2021 K1 62005 / J72 69023 Overhaul Expenditure Motions


The total number of valid ballot forms received was 355 of which 223 were received by post and 132 electronically, representing a total of 357 voters and giving a turnout of 52%.

The results of the ballot were as follows:

a) The Board seeks the approval of members, by ballot, for the expenditure, including contingency, of up to £430,000 for the overhaul of K1 62005.

Votes in favour of the motion: 337
Votes against the motion: 18
Abstentions: 2
Votes in favour represent 94.4 % of the total votes cast. The motion is therefore approved.

b) The Board seeks the approval of members, by ballot, for the revised estimated expenditure, including contingency, of up to £392,000 to complete the overhaul of J72 69023.

Votes in favour of the motion: 340
Votes against the motion: 8
Abstentions: 9
Votes in favour represent 95.2% of the total votes cast. The motion is therefore approved.


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

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 - heavy general overhaul.

Q6 63395
Q6 63395
On NYMR in traffic.

J27 65894

J27 65894 (NER P3 2392)
On NYMR in traffic.

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

J72 Appeal progress up to 15th March 2022:

Donations to appeal: £63,163.60

Sponsored washout plugs:

Washout Plugs


Sponsored boiler tubes:

Boiler Tubes


Cylinder block shares:

Cylinder block

Gift Aid totalling a minimum of £10,250.99 has yet to be claimed and will then be added to the total raised

Click here for more information or to make a donation