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‘Jurassic’ to Steam on Passenger Trains for Classic Car and Bike Show

Skegness Water Leisure Park, Sunday 17th September 2017

IMG_8959“Jurassic” at head of a two coach train seen in our wooded section returning to Walls Lane station. 19/8/17 (© Dave Enefer/LCLR)

Jurassic, the elegant and historic steam locomotive on the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway, is planned to go back into service to pull its first public passenger trains in more than 30 years on Sunday 17th September 2017, in connection with the “Classic Wheels” event, the Classic Car & Bike Show, at the Skegness Water Leisure Park.

The Show will raise funds for the Skegness Lifeboat Station and the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance. Entrance will be £2. 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, PE25 1JF. Trains will run from 11.00 to 3.40 pm, 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.

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

The historic locomotive has been restored to working order by volunteers from the charitable trust which owns it, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and donations. The 114-year old locomotive, has successfully operated three days of trial trains, as the restoration neared completion. Work to repair the boiler, smokebox and firebox was contracted out to the North Norfolk Railway”s workshops at Weybourne near Sheringham and some other jobs were contracted to local firms and specialist suppliers.

IMG_4864The boiler returns from the North Norfolk Railway works where it was refurbished, and is carefully lowered into place in the locomotive frames by crane. 25/1/17 (© Dave Enefer/LCLR)

IMG_4953The team look relieved after the boiler is successfully reinstalled in the frames. 25/1/17 (© Dave Enefer/LCLR)

She was built in 1903 in Bristol by Peckett and Sons Ltd., for the quarries and cement works of Kaye and Company in Southam, in Warwickshire, together with similar locomotives named after prehistoric geological periods.

Jurassic runs on tracks just two feet wide, which made her a perfect fit for the rails of the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway, who bought her in 1961 to help operate their services linking the bus terminus at Humberston, near Cleethorpes, with the local beach and holiday camp. When that location closed in 1985, she was moved into store and then to the LCLR’s new location in the Skegness Water Leisure Park, close to Butlins, Ingoldmells, north of Skegness. The line reopened to passengers in 2009, since when the historical significance of its unique collection of rails, locomotives, carriages and wagons from the trench railways of World War One and industry and farms in rural England has become more widely recognised.

In 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Jurassic’s charitable trust, £43,000 for her restoration and for interpretation of her significance to Britain’s economic and transport history.

The first task was to dismantle the locomotive, so that the boiler and firebox could be sent to the North Norfolk Railway.

_MG_6055The safety valves are refitted to the locomotive by Richard Shepherd (L) and Paul Walkinshaw (R) 3/5/17 (© Dave Enefer/LCLR).

Once these repaired “vital organs” were returned to Lincolnshire, they could be reunited with Jurassic’s frames. Her long elegant chimney has been put back in place; the injectors (which allow cold water to be transferred to the boiler, to produce steam) have been repaired and refitted, as has the connecting pipework for steam and water. The gauge glasses (which show how much water is in the boiler); the regulator (which governs speed); the reversing lever (which controls the direction of travel) and associated fittings, have all been refitted and tested._MG_6152The locomotive has its first test steaming prior to the refitting of the cab and water tank with LCLR engineer Paul Walkinshaw.  31/5/17 (© Dave Enefer/LCLR)

The large 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; the saddletank (which carries reserves of cold water) has been repaired and put back in place. The loco’s insulation, boiler cladding, a new whistle, brass dome cover and other fittings which replace originals stolen several years ago, have all been fitted.

The careful repainting of the whole locomotive – red for the buffer beams, and Middle Brunswick Green for the cab exterior, saddletank and cladding; black for the chimney, smokebox and running boards, has been complemented by lining out in black and gold, producing a strikingly beautiful finish.

Meanwhile, work continues to extend the LCLR by approximately 200 yards, to include a new run-round loop, which will accommodate Jurassic more readily and enable longer trains to be operated. It’s hoped this will be completed in time for the 2018 season.

Railway spokesman, John Chappell, 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’.”

IMG_8808-2“Jurassic” and two coach train at Walls Lane station (Skegness Water Leisure Park) following its successful performance on the one coach train earlier in day.  2/8/17 (© Dave Enefer/LCLR)

“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”.

Full details on the Jurassic story and the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway on www.lclr.co.uk

British Industrial History in Sculpture

Look out for these striking works of art around the UK, built by the English sculptor Robert Erskine. Combining a passion for engineering and industry with his talent for creative thinking, he has fabricated his own masterpieces around the country to represent our country’s great industrial achievements.

1. Dead Blow (2011) in Openshaw Manchester, UK. To represent the Nasmyth steam hammer first produced on this site.

Nasmyth Hammer 1Nasmyth Hammer 2

 James Nasmyth with the steam hammer he invented. Picture taken in 1856.

2.  Roll Down (1996) in Bilston, Midlands, UK.  Sited on the former Bilston Steel Works No. 1 Furnace. To represent the rolling process of a steel bloom and reflect the thriving steel industry of the Black Country.

British Steel 1

British Steel 2

Nile Street steel works, Birmingham. Picture taken c1905-20.

3. Gloria (1996) in Canley, Coventry, UK. Situated on the historic site of the Triumph cars facility. To mark the centenary of the British car industry and tribute the technique of the wheeling machine used to curve body panels.

Triumph1

Triumph2

An example of an advert for the Triumph Renown showing the signature curves of the wheel arches.

Visit the sculptor’s official website for his full portfolio.

Early Brewer’s Exhibitions on Grace’s Guide

S. Briggs and Co Picture a great hall lined with stands of bottling machinery, cooling contraptions, and brewers lorries, glass enamelled steel tanks and ornate water heaters. This was a common sight in the earlier Brewer’s Exhibitions of Great Britain held at the end of October each year.

The origins of great beer competitions and exhibitions date back to the late 1800’s when brewers, maltsters, wine merchants and distillers came together and showed off their best beer, latest innovations and finest apparatus.

An exhibition strictly of a trade character organised in 1879 in the Agricultural Hall, Islington was to become an annual event for many years to come,  attracting competitors including S. Briggs and Co,  Linde British Refrigeration Co and Leyland Motors.

We have a few of the earlier exhibitions covering the unfolding contraptions of the early competitors on the site, some particularly detailed, in the following Engineer journals:

1879 Brewer’s Exhibition  (p 259)
1893 Brewer’s Exhibition  (p 411)
1898 Brewer’s Exhibition (p 451)
1909 Brewer’s Exhibition (p 421)

Soda Water Machinery