NELPG and Poppy Line share HRA’s top honour

AN organisation which has been a defining backbone of northern steam preservation for more than half a century, and a heritage railway which broke new ground by running main line trips, have shared the Heritage Railway Association’s Annual Award (Large Groups) 2016.

NELPG’s LNER K1 2-6-0 No. 62005 heads a North Yorkshire Moors Railway train away from Whitby under Larpool viaduct. BRIAN SHARPE

The prestigious trophy has been shared between the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group and the North Norfolk Railway.

NELPG was formed in 1966 with the aim of preserving some of the steam locomotives then still working on regular goods or passenger trains in the region from which it takes its name.

It owns four now unique North Eastern steam locomotives, LNER K1 No. 62005, NER Q6 No. 63395, NER J72 No. 69023 and J27 No. 65894.

On October 28 last year, the exact 50th anniversary night of the first meeting at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle, six of the members at that first meeting returned to the same room to cut an anniversary cake. Nineteen people attended the inaugural meeting in 1966, raising
5s-6d – just 27.5p – towards the target.

On the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, NELPG held its own steam gala over the weekend of October 29/30 with three of its engines in use, as highlighted in Heritage Railway issue 222.

The NNR shared the trophy for extending steam services to Cromer, via the Station Road level crossing link at Sheringham, and realising a long held dream by running trains over Network Rail’s Bittern Line between two major coastal resorts, thereby extending the boundaries of railway preservation.

Read more in Issue 226 of HR – out now!

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