A birthday cake for a steam locomotive? LCLR celebrate 10 years…

steam locomotive Jurassic on the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway
Credit: Dave Enefer/LCLR

The Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway has announced that a special cake has been made to be fed into Jurassic’s firebox when they celebrate their 10th anniversary this July.

The cake will be placed into the firebox on Saturday, 13th July 2019, by the Mayor of Skegness, Cllr Mark Dannatt, accompanied by The Jolly Fisherman (just after 11.00 am).

The cake is actually an old railway sleeper and has been decorated by 18-year-old Horncastle student Millie Waby, who enjoys baking and icing cakes, however, they aren’t normally made from old wood!

The steam locomotive will be decorated with a special anniversary headboard made by traditional sign-writer Tim Fry.

Giant versions of the traditional Edmondson card train tickets have been produced by  Harris Cards of Partney, and other guests and passengers travelling during the anniversary year will be issued with normal-size versions – printed by the West Somerset Railway’s ticket department at Minehead, sure to become collectors’ items.

Children, born on Sunday 3rd May 2009 will be able to travel free of charge on 13th July (accompanied by a responsible adult and with their proof of their date of birth).

Holders of an original ticket for travel that day will also be travel to free of charge, as will holders of an original ticket from 1960 to 1985 when the line operated from a bus terminus in Humberston to the local beach and the Fitties holiday camp.

At the reopening, the Chairman of the LCLR’s Historic Vehicles Trust, Richard Shepherd, said:

“The original LCLR was a wonderfully quirky, eccentric little railway which had a unique character loved by many. After closure in 1985, none of us dared believe that one day we could operate it again. Now, thanks to the dedication of all those who have worked so hard for its revival, the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway will run again”.

The Railway’s spokesman, John Chappell, said:

“It is extraordinary what has been achieved since May 2009. Who would have thought that we would welcome a member of the Royal Family to the railway? Who would have dared to think that Jurassic would steam again with the help of a Lottery grant or that the rusting remains of one of the old wartime wagons from 1917 – the only survivor from those built in Lincoln by Clayton & Shuttleworth — would be transformed into a disabled access carriage?

“The whole railway has been rebuilt and extended and its historical significance is now widely appreciated – and  at just £1 for a return journey, it means families can enjoy the thrill of a ride on a true heritage railway”.

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