The Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway, in the Skegness Water Leisure Park, has announced that their restoration of steam locomotive ‘Jurassic’ is up for an award at the Heritage Railway Association Awards.
The restoration work by the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway Historic Vehicles Trust was carried out by its volunteers and contractors with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This short-listing comes as the LCLR prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary of reopening after their move of location to the Skegness Water Leisure Park.
The winner will be announced at the HRA’s Annual Awards Dinner in the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham on the 9th February 2019.
Jurassic 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.
What did the officials say?
Railway spokesman John Chappell said:
“We always thought ‘Jurassic in the Park’ was an inspired way to tell everyone that this wonderful old steam engine is now pulling trains in the Skegness Water Leisure Park and it seems the public and the judges of the Heritage Railway Association agree. It is a remarkable achievement for our dedicated volunteers to be in such august company and a tribute to their hard work, skill and dedication.
“It has been part of our work with the Heritage Lottery Fund to ensure that the significance of a small steam locomotive such as Jurassic in the economy before motorised road transport became widespread is explained and there are interpretation boards and leaflets, also funded by the Lottery, on the Railway to explain this. We’ve found our visitors are intensely interested in Jurassic and her story and we’re looking forward to the completion of winter maintenance and her resumption of service in Summer 2019”.
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