All aboard! Steam locomotive to pull its first public passenger trains for 31 years

A steam locomotive will take the track and pull public passenger trains for the first time in 31 years after a monumental restoration effort.

The 114-year-old historic Jurassic – based at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway (LCLR) in Skegness – will transport its first passengers in three decades on Sunday, September 17.

The historic moment will take place as part of the “Classic Wheels” event at the Skegness Water Leisure Park after the Heritage Lottery Fund handed £43,000 to volunteers to help finish off the project.

The event will raise funds for the Skegness Lifeboat Station and the Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance.

The group of volunteers which have helped to restore the train
The group of volunteers which have helped to restore the train

John Chappell, railway spokesman, said: “We’re thrilled that visitors to the third annual Classic Car and Bike Show should be able to take a steam train ride with Jurassic – truly a case of ‘Classic Wheels’.

“Jurassic has been attracting visitors to the railway from throughout the UK, many of whom might otherwise not have been aware of the many attractions of Skegness and our hope now is that she can operate many of the Railway’s services in 2018”.

The large Jurassic cab – which can accommodate four adults, including the driver and fireman – has been sand blasted to remove 114 years of accumulated soot, grease and grime.

It has been restored to working order by volunteers of the charitable trust which owns it, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and donations.

A lot of hard work went into restoring the steam locomotive
A lot of hard work went into restoring the steam locomotive

Train journeys will run from 11 to 3.40pm, with some initial services being operated by or in conjunction with one of the LCLR’s fleet of historic Motor Rail “Simplex” diesels, the design of which dates back to the First World War.

Train fares of £1 return and donations will go towards the upkeep of the line’s historically-significant collection, much of which is also owned by a charitable trust.

Jurassic is planned to steam on the LCLR’s tracks adjacent to the show’s venue in the park in Walls Lane, Ingoldmells.

Jurassic will return to service on September 17
Jurassic will return to service on September 17

The third annual “Classic Wheels” event will feature:

  • Private Classic Car Collection displays
  • Club displays
  • Trophies and Awards
  • Classic Motor Cycles
  • Trade Stalls
  • Refreshments and Bouncy Castle

Entrance will cost £2.

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