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.
When the last newsletter was issued it was anticipated that the Society would have to pay the full purchase price of £2,300 for the Q6 before the end of January and thus put the Group into serious debt. Fortunately this was avoided as the scrapdealers have accepted our deposit of £1,200 and have kindly given us until the 31st MARCH 1968 to reach the purchase price of £2,300. At present £500 is still urgently needed.
As mentioned in our membership forms we hope eventually to move both our locomotives when fully restored onto the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, whose ultimate aim is to open the Gromont-Pickering line, one of the most senic railways in this country. The NYMPS, with a fast growing membership and help from many professional people, are now waiting for the price of the Gromont to Goathland line which they intend to open first and includes the notorious 1 in 49 Bank!! This should prove an ample test to show the power of our locomotives when at work.
Because of the great response to our Newsletter and advertisements, the Group has now raised £1,500 in cash towards the preservation of No. 63395. This, and the fact that BR are allowing the resale of the locomotive to the NELPG influenced the members present at the January meeting in Newcastle, to vote by a large majority in favour of the continuation of the Q6 Project. As the sum of £2,300 is required to purchase No.63395 from the scrapyard, we still need £800 to complete the total and arrangements are being made to borrow this sum. If we are to become debt free as soon as possible, a determined effort is needed from each and EVERY MEMBER to raise the £800 to repay the sum borrowed.
Due to the devaluation of the £, and the resulting rise in the price of copper, BR have been forced to sell No.63395 for scrap. The committee have been left with three possible courses of action, viz: (a) To arrange to borrow (if possible) £2,300 to purchase No.63395 immediatly, (b) To abandon the Q6 project entirely, c) To raise as much money as possible between now and 5th January 1968, and endeavour to borrow the balance provided that it does not exceed one third of the cost; i.e. £800. It is essential therefore that as many members as possible should attend the 5th January meeting, in order that the committee may be given a firm decision on the best course of action to take.
We are pleased to repert that J27 No.65894 was purchased on our behalf by the ARPS on 13th November, the sum involved being £1,400. The engine remains at Tyne Dock M.P.D. where restoration work is progressing steadilly through the concerted efforts of local members on Sundays.
By now most members will be aware that all steam power has been withdrwan from Sunderland, Tyne Dock, Blyth and Hartlepool depots and at the time of going to press, we understand that the majority of the steam locomotives from these deports will be concentrated at Tyne Deck to await disposal, Aprt from our J27, and the J72 (the latter destined for private preservation) one other locomotive at Tyne Dock may not end up in the scrapyard. As soon as the Fund for the J27 is completed, it is proposed to start a preservation fund for the Q6. Please do not leave this to the other fellow, chip in your donation NOW to help us over the last hurdle, Time is a wasting asset as far as we are concerned, REMEMBER WHAT IS AT STAKE !! We have a short time to succeed and a long time to regret failure.
W.B.GREENFIELD (Chairman) N.E.STEAD (Secretary) P.PROUD. (Sales Officer). K.HUDSPITH (Tresurer).