A celebratory weekend of NELPG owned locomotives running on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

NELPG was formed in 1966 with the intention of preserving some of the steam locomotives still working in the North East of England. In less than 18 months this growing band of volunteers had raised sufficient funds to purchase two heavy freight locomotives. These were J27 0-6-0 65894 and Q6 0-8-0 63395. Both of these locomotives were subsequently overhauled and transferred to the NYMR in the early 1970s.

In 1972 the group had acquired another locomotives from the North East, which was mixed traffic K1 2-6-0 62005 – which was donated to NELPG.  In 1979 NELPG was offered the Q7 0-8-0 63460 – another heavy freight locomotive – on long term loan by the National Railway Museum - and in 1983, purchased J72 0-6-0 tank engine 69023 'JOEM'. In the late 1987s the Group took charge of A2 Pacific 60532 'Blue Peter' also on long-term loan.

What is remarkable about this collection of locomotives is the fact that they are all unique. In practice NELPG has charge of a sizeable part of the North East's Railway Heritage. But rather than keep the locomotives stuffed and mounted, NELPG's primary objective is to have as many of its locomotives in steam as possible. In fact all 6 locomotives have been returned to steam at one time or another with 62005 and 60532 seeing numerous trips on the main line. 65894, 63395 and 69023 have seen service on other preserved railways as well as on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

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