January 2017

Happy New Year!

Work has now started on the reassembly of RSH No77 at Shildon. Our chairman Don Brookes hosts a working party of Friday Mornings whilst Dave Foxton leads the weekend team.

The drawhook has been repaired and refitted allowing the chassis to be shunted into the main museam where work will continue.

The restored cab is currently on display at Shildon and has now received some gloss black. The locomotive will receive the NCB Gloss black livery is was outshopped from RSH when built and went on display at Manors Station Newcastle.

Call Dave on 01388 817907 or cfoxton@hotmail.com for more details of working parties, dates and times.

We will also be shortly attending Birtley Toy and collectors fair, Birtley Model Railway Show and South Shields Model Railway Show. See us there for more details and our fundraising stall.

We are also still running our sponsor a boiler tube along with collecting recyclable metals towards our restoration funds.Please get in touch if you can assist.

Finally if you organise model railway shows, collectors fairs we would like to attend. We can also supply layouts free via our group members in return for a few tables trade space.

September 2016

RSH No77 is now located at Shildon NRM where the group will continue the restoration. The locomotive chassis was recently returned to its wheel sets after refurbishment of the bearings by the late Richard Campbell.

The group have planned working parties on Fridays and Sundays. We are always looking for new members, volunteers for both working parties and fundraising activities or just kind donations towards the restoration fund.

Contact Dave on 01388 817907 or cfoxton@hotmail.com. Dave currently organises our working parties along with group chairman Don Brooks.





Feb 2014

It has been a long time since our last update but a lot of positive work has taken place. The brake van has been through its winter maintenance in the NRM workshops at Shildon. We had a couple of boards to replace and it has received a complete repaint in advance of going into service for the Great Gathering. We also had the added expense of four new buffer springs costing little over £800!

The next project is to refurbish the Sentinel shunter to support museum services. It will enter the NRM workshop at Shildon after the gathering event. Anyone wishing to get involved, please contact us through the contact us page on the website. We will repainting into its original livery, the green sported by the new Hornby model. We are also looking for kind donations towards the paint costs.

Norwood is now on the move again in terms of working parties. The wheels are turned and returned to site. Once the bearings are ready work will commence on re wheeling the chassis.We are currently looking for donations towards refurbishment of the springs to assist completing the re wheeling exercise. Anyone again wishing to get involved in working parties, please contact us via the contacts page. Please download our sponsor a boiler tube form if you would like to donate towards No77's restoration.

Our next collectors fair is due to take place in April, at Rosa Street school, details will be posted in the exhibitions section of our website. Also see our Facebook page for updates of events and work progress.


 
Toy & Collectors Fair 23rd February 2013, Doors open 10-3pm, Rosa Street Primary School, Rosa Street, Spennymoor, Durham DL16 7NA. Trade ranging from diecast models, kits, scenic materials, tools, equipment to model railways. Please pay us a visit. If successful we will hold further events!
September 2012
A long time since our last update. RSH No77 has moved to a new restoration home in Towlaw whilst we hopefully progress to completion the reassembly of the chassis. We have kindly been offered a new home at a realistic rent.  So working parties will commencing again shortly. Anyone with a few hours to spare are more than welcome. We are aiming to hold weekend working parties going forward. We will also be undertaking a bit of painting to our LMS Brakevan at the NRM if anyone would like to get involved. Please contact Dave on 01388 817907.
Our forcomming events include this weekend at Tanfield and the Shildon NRM Anniversary weekend. Please call in if you are free.
Some pictures below of the move thanks to Alan Usher.

January 2012
The groups annual AGM will be held on Saturday 3rd March 2012 at 10.30am. It will be held at the NRM Shildon in their training room within the main hall. Please come along and support us. Refreshments will be available.
March 2011
The groups LMS built brake Van is now in service at the NRM Shildon thanks to our group of hardworking volunteers. It's first steam hauled service will be on the 12th & 13th March 2011 behind Furness No20 at the Model Mania event. Please come along to support the event. There will be Model Railway layouts of various gauges, trade stalls and other model displays. Entry to the event is completely free!
The groups efforts are currently on display within the NRM Shildon (See Below).
 


 
February 2011
After 12 weeks of hard work the brake van was made ready to be transported to the NRM Shildon, many thanks to the working members who made this possible.Steve Davis, a director at NRM York called into our workshop (with Anthony) to thank us for loaning the brake van to NRM and said that it will enable them to increase their passenger carrying capacity. We are all pleased to see it put to good use!

June 2010
Our charity group would like to announce a name change. WRLPG will now be known as DLPG (Durham Locomotive Preservation Group). The name change hopefully recognises DLPG as a stand alone group.

The group would also like to annouce two forthcoming events:-
November 9th Model Railway, Toy and Collectors Fair at the Settlement, Spennymoor.
More details of both events will be posted under the exhibition section of the website shortly. Thanks for your continued support.
April 2010
RSH No77 - Work has progressed at a steady pace over the last couple of months. The next stage is to remove the boiler from the frames. Quotations have been obtained for the work to No77's boiler and are inline with expectations. The team have set to cleaning up and repairing all the parts removed before placing them in storage until reassembled. Photographs can be seen of progress at the following link. stevensgallery.photoblog.co.uk/.
If you would to come along and get involoved, please contact Dave on 01388 817907, evenings or call in to see us on a Wednesday night.
November 2009
Norwood - Work is well underway! The cab, saddle tank, boiler cladding, sanders and the REMAINS of the lubricator  all stripped down. The boiler is now accessible for inspection to gain an acurate cost to return to steam. In the last week the group has bought a set of backhead injectors bring us closer to replacing all the missing cab fittings. Working parties are held every Wednesday night if you would like to come along and get involved. There is also access Mon-fri to work on No77. You can call Dave on 01388 817907 evenings to discuss further.
Crook Model Railway Exhibition - Our second exhibition since the move to Crook will take place on the 14th & 15th November. 10-4 on both days
October 2009
 

March 2009
AGM - 14th March 10am, St Paul's Church Hall, Spennymoor. Members are invited to come along to discuss groups plans for the next year included the start on the restoration of  RSH No77 (Norwood). Any none members of group interested in getting involved or becoming a member, please contact us through the contacts page of the website. Alternatively contact Dave on 01388 817907 (evenings).
Spennymoor 2009
The full line up will appear shortly to model railway section of the website. We have some excellent layouts booked to attend this year including Keipier Colliery that appeared in the Railway Modeller, Browney Banks the excellent layout from Consett model railway club that you may have recently seen at Blyth. The exhibition will also have excellent layouts from local clubs, Shildon Model Railway club, Durham Modellers and many more. There is also a new O gauge layout (High Grange) DCC operated for those interested in DCC.
This year will also see the introduction of the DCC clinic. Simon from Darlington Model Railway Club will be demonstrating and undertaking a fitting and clinic service.
North Eastern Models will also be attending this years show in addition to our other great trade support. 
November 2008
Firstly thanks to all those who have supported the recent Model Railway Exhibition at Crook, NEHDG, Shildon Model Railway Club, WRJC and all the traders and exhibitors that contributed tbero the success of the event. The event was such a sucess that we have booked up for next year!
Secondly working parties are due to recommence in the new year with the first aim of completing the restoration of the Brake Van. A large proportion of the works have already been completed and it is hoped to be available for traffic within a few months. Then hopefully make a start on the restoration of RSH, Norwood. Anyone wishing to assist, please get in touch. For more information contact Dave on 01388 817907 (evenings).
Finally anyone with unwanted model railway items,  railway books, DVD's or modelling mags. Donations of such items would be gratefully accepted and will produce vital funds towards our restoration activities. Again please contact us on the above telephone number to arrange collections. Thanks for your support!
August 2008
For more detail regarding Wear Valley Model railway show visit the exhibition section of the website. This years event has been moved to Crook on the grounds of safety concerns with Stanhope townhall.
July 2008 Shildon Museum
Fundraising continued this month at the recent Model Mania event. The group exhibited group members O gauge layout Eden Park along with our trade stand. Hartlepool next on the 26th & 27th July now at the former Samsung site Wynyard. Anyone wishing to assist with future events on the sales stand or layout please get in touch.


May 2008 Spennymoor Exhibition
Many thanks to all those who again supported the event making it a great success. Special thanks to the Weardale Railway Junior club for their assistance over the weekend. We have already booked up for 2009 and hope to see everyone again.

April 2008 - Norwood
Progress is slowly taking place acquiring missing components for Norwood. Hopefully in the near future a start can be made striping the loco down for overhaul, but all this depends of funds. If you can help in anyway, please get in touch. Simply by becoming a member of the group vital funds are raised. There are also still many boiler tubes to sponsor, so please help! Forms are available to download from the website. Thanks for your support.
April 2008

Shildon model Railway club will be hosting a free model railway exhibition at Shildon National Railway Museum on the 20th & 21st June 2008. Donation buckets will be laid out. The club are currently in search for a new club room as their home is at risk due likely closure of the Southern Club. If anyone would like to offer home leave a message through the contact page on our site.

December 2007 - Stanhope Model Railway Exhibition
Due to a huge increase in hire costs and safety concerns with Stanhope townhall, the difficult decision has been made to move next years event to Crook. The new venue will be larger and we should be able to increase the number of layouts and traders in attendance. The event will be held on the same week end 15th & 16th November 2008. Directions will be provided on the website closer to the date.
November 2007 - AppealTo assist with raising funds towards Norwood's restoration, please can anyone with unwanted railway books, Railway modeling magazines, model railway items in any condition please get in touch we can turn it into cash for boiler repairs.We are still collecting used postage stamps and aluminum cans so please keep collecting!November 2007To those who attended and supported Stanhope Model Railway exhibition, many thanks. The weekend was a great success bringing over 500 people through the door.Next up Spennymoor 2008 on the 10th & 11th May at Spennymoor Townhall. A much larger exhibition with a greater number of layouts and traders.October 2007. August 2007 Appeal for InformationDo you have any photograghs or information of Norwood in its working days? Likewise any photographs of 60115 Meg Merrilies or the 9F 92215. If please contact Dave on 01388 817907 or email cfoxton@hotmail.com August 2007 Model ShopDon't miss some of the great bargains at our model shop. There are huge savings on list prices and any profits from sales go straight towards Norwoods restoration. If you live local to Spennymoor you can arrange to collect and save on postage costs.Hopefully there will be new items added shortly, due to a successful weekend at Hartlepool Model railway exhibition stock levels are low hence the lack of new items being added. But if there is anything in particular that you require, please get in touch for highly competitive price. We regularly make new orders from the wholesalers. August 2007 Norwood LatestNorwood now officially has a whistle! The group has acquired the whistle originally from A1 pacific 60115 Meg Merrilies. The whistle was later used on 92215 a 9F based at wakefield.Many thanks to those sponsoring a boiler tube. There are still a number left, please help!June 2007 Norwood Latest
The group have continued with purchasing missing parts and acquired an ejector and have also been donated a steam heat pressure gauge.
The group will be at Shildon Railway Museum on the 30th June and 1st July for the Toy & Train collectors fair. The event has free admission.
May 2007 Model Shop
The loco group model shop is now open. The   shop will be updated over the coming weeks with items from, Hornby, bachmann, Trackside, corgi and many more. Paypal will be required to buy online. If you don't have paypal, simply reserve your item contacting us through the contact us page and forward payment by cheque. The address is also on the contact page.


May 2007 Norwood Latest
The blast pipe and main steam pipes are now off to be cast with the originals beyond repair. New name plates and makers plates have also been ordered from Procast.
The boiler has had an ultrasound carried out showing that there is only one minor area that needs repair due to heavy pitting of the boiler barrel. Overall the boiler was said to be in very good condition. The main requirement is for a new tube plate. The copper fire box is also in very good condition
May 2007 Spennymoor Model Railway Exhibition
A great success! Over 500 people attended the 1st exhibition at Spennymoor Townhall and the feedback was excellent. The group have already booked up for 2008. May 10th and 11th.
A special thanks to all those who supported the event.
April 2007 Norwood Latest
The group have successfully secured a grant towards the purchase of missing components for RSH No77 Norwood. The grant was awarded by the Banks Foundation. There are many conponents missing from the locomotive including, cab fittings and   boiler tubes. There is also the need to replace the main steam pipes and blast pipe, which have been damaged before the locomotive arrived at the Weardale Railway.
A survey has been recently carried out by local company Great Northern steam, this will   enable a full detailed quotation for the renovation costs of the locomotive. It is estimated that the cost will be in the region of £90k.
May 12th &13th 2007 will see the return of the Spennymoor Model Railway exhibition at Spennymoor Townhall. There will be around 15 layouts, trade stands, society displays and stalls. There will be refreshments and there is a number of free carparks around the venue.

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