North East trio in rousing 50th anniversary tribute

FIFTY years of the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) was marked in appropriate fashion when all of its operable engines gathered for a celebratory gala.

The ultimate small train: 1951-built ‘J72’ tank No. 69023 waits for the off at Grosmont with Great Northern Railway Invalid Saloon No. 3087 as accommodation for a group of guests invited by NELPG.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway hosted the trio of NELPG-owned motive power, which ranged from a brutish Raven 0-8-0 to a diminutive Worsdell 0-6-0 tank engine.

The in-house trio was completed with the return of Peppercorn ‘K1’ No. 62005 from its annual Scottish duties.

It was originally anticipated that the group’s fourth representative locomotive – ‘J27’ No. 65894 – would have been up-and-running in good time to take part in the October 28-30 celebrations, but its Crewe- (boiler) and Darlington- (chassis and tender) based overhaul is still ongoing.

Any lingering disappointment was compensated by the bonus inclusion of Thompson ‘B1’ 4-6-0 No. 61264 throughout the weekend, as it continues its rehabilitation following major wheelset repairs.

Read more in the December issue of The RM

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