QUIET NORTH EAST AN­NIVER­SARY AS ‘J27’ OVER­HAUL HITS SNAGS

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Hopes of hav­ing ‘J27’ No. 65894 run­ning to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the end of North East steam this au­tumn ap­pear to have been dashed. The over­haul of the North Eastern Lo­co­mo­tive Preser­va­tion Group’s Wors­dell 0‑6‑0 ap­peared to be on the fi­nal straight in late June, when the boiler was re­turned from LNWR Crewe and low­ered into the frames, but it has sub­se­quently been found that the front boiler sup­port and the new smoke­box did not fit prop­erly. Although the prob­lem is be­ing re­solved, the lo­co­mo­tive is not ex­pected to be ready for the North York­shire Moors Rail­way’s steam gala of Septem­ber 29‑October 1. It is still hoped that ‘Q6’ 0‑8‑0 No. 63395 will be back in steam for the event. Con­tract work on its boiler had been de­layed as ef­forts were con­cen­trated on fin­ish­ing ‘Schools’ 4‑4‑0 No. 926 Rep­ton, while ad­di­tional work was also re­quired on the wheelsets, although these were ex­pected back at Gros­mont in late Au­gust. None of NELPG’s four lo­co­mo­tives are ex­pected to be in steam on the ac­tual North East end of steam an­niver­sary on Septem­ber 9. Pep­per­corn ‘K1’ 2‑6‑0 No. 62005, cur­rently at Fort Wil­liam for work­ing the ‘Ja­co­bite’, is sched­uled to be un­der­go­ing a boiler washout; and while ‘J72’ 0‑6‑0T No. 69023 ‘Joem’ is op­er­a­tional at the Wensleydale Rail­way, Septem­ber 9’s timetable is diesel‑only. ●● For evoca­tive pic­tures of the end of North East steam, see pages 48‑51.

JOHN HUNT

On Septem­ber 8 1967, ‘J27’ No. 65894 blasts past Ry­hope tip with the fa­mous ‘Blue Star Spe­cial’ on the Silksworth branch.

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