North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group
The North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) was formed in 1966 with the intention of preserving some of the steam locomotives then still working on regular goods or passenger trains in North East England. Now the group owns four unique North Eastern steam locomotives, its aim is to have as many of its steam locomotives running on the main line or preserved lines as possible. In 2014, the LNER K1 (62005) ran on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and on the Jacobite service in Scotland. The LNER Q6 (NER T2, 63395) was undergoing boiler repairs at the start of the season but finished the season on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the LNER J72 (NER E1, 69023) ran on the Wensleydale Railway. The group have two workshops, one at Hopetown Carriage Works, Darlington and another workshop and base at Grosmont, the northern-most station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The shed at Grosmont is called deviation shed. Members of the group hold regular evening meetings to discuss railway subjects, have a membership newsletter, and have produced various publications. The group now also has a junior volunteers section, training young recruits at, mainly, the NYMR and Deviation Shed. These JVs will help with mainly the locomotives, although a small amount has been done on the carriages (K1 support coach).
- LNER Class J27 no. 65894 - Under overhaul at Hopetown Carriage Works
- LNER Class J72 no. 69023 - Recently overhauled at Hopetown Carriage Works and has seen use at various heritage railways. Semi-permanently based at the Wensleydale Railway.
- LNER Class K1 no. 62005 - Returned to service in 2012. It is currently the NELPG's only mainline certified locomotive which means it is able to haul excursion trains on the mainline. When it isn't on the mainline, it is usually in service on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR).
- LNER Class Q6 no. 63395 - Awaiting overhaul on NYMR
The group does not own the following locomotives but has looked after them in the past:
The NELPG website: http://www.nelpg.org.uk/
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