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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

Kirkstall Forge with a “Pie and Pea Supper”

Kirkstall Forge talk, colour

From axle production for horse-drawn vehicles, to military vehicle component manufacture throughout the hardships of war, Kirkstall Forge has an incredible history. With iron production at its heart, Kirkstall Forge was to become one of Leeds’ most iconic engineering businesses starting a fascinating industrial journey hundreds of years ago in the company of monks at Kirkstall Abbey.

The Friend’s of Pudsey Roller are to present an illustrated talk this November by Joe Northrop, covering all aspects about Kirkstall Forge and the thousands of people who worked there through the ages.

The Friends of Pudsey Roller are a dedicated group, united in the passion to see the famed steam roller restored back to working condition again. The organisation meets twice a year to continue the successful fundraising ‘Pie and Pea Suppers’ for the project to a “Transport and Steam” theme.

This traditional “Pie and Pea Supper” will commence on Thursday 3rd November at 7.45pm and tickets are £6. Money raised from ticket sales will go towards the cost of food, and the rest to the Pudsey Roller funding.

For more information on the local area of Pudsey with articles on its heritage, read the latest “Squeaker” stories. See the poster above for details about the talk.

Don’t miss another “Pie and Pea Supper” fundraiser…

Pudsey Roller 2016

 

In 1921 John Fowler and Co, renowned agricultural engineers of Leeds, built a magnificent steam roller. When its working life came to an end in 1959, it was placed in the playground of Pudsey Park for generations of children to enjoy and it became affectionately known as The Pudsey Roller.

In 1990, it was removed from the park for safety precautions, and inevitably was left to face years of neglect.

The Friends of Pudsey Roller are a dedicated group, united in the passion to see it restored back to working condition again. The organisation meets twice a year to continue the successful fundraising ‘Pie and Pea Suppers’ for the project to a “Transport and Steam” theme.

Money raised from ticket sales will go towards the cost of food, and the rest to the Pudsey Roller. This Spring the Friends will be meeting on 26th May 2016 and all are gratefully welcome to the event which is of local interest to people who live Stanningley and Farsley.

Read more about the project: www.pudsey-roller.co.uk

 

Another “Pie and Pea Supper” with The Friends of Pudsey Roller

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Please note: This image is taken from The Friend’s of Pudsey Roller’s website; http://www.pudsey-roller.co.uk/history.html

In it’s heyday, the ‘Pudsey Roller’ would’ve been a magnificent steam roller, built at the Steam Plough Works, of Hunslet in Leeds, by John Fowler and Co Ltd in 1921.

It was to become the pleasure of generations of  local children, when it was placed in the playground of Pudsey Park in 1959, remaining a popular attraction until 1990 when it was removed for safety reasons, inevitably left to stand many years of neglect.

 The Friend’s of Pudsey Roller are a dedicated group, working to raise money for the affectionately named steam roller, and they are united in the passion to see it restored back to working condition again.

The organisation meets twice a year to continue the successful fundraising  ‘Pie and Pea Suppers’ for the project to a “Transport and Steam” theme.  Money raised from ticket sales will go towards the cost of food, and the rest to the Pudsey Roller. This autumn the Friends will be meeting on Thursday 12th November 2015 and all interested are welcome.

See below for details.

To find out more about the project and how you can get involved check out the Friend’s of Pudsey Roller website.

Friends of Pudsey