Steam locomotive Illingworth, built in 1916, will be renamed Nightingale and Seacole, the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway has confirmed.
The renaming of the locomotive is to show support and salute the work of those on the front line fighting against the Coronavirus.
The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway said that “it will be a lasting remembrance of this difficult time, honouring the frontline staff and others who have put their lives at risk”.
Mary Seacole was a half-Jamaican nurse who, like Florence Nightingale, made great advancements in nursing during the Crimean War.
Illingworth currently has two names, Illingworth and Mitchell Of Bradford Corporation. However, the locomotive, which is resident at the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway, will soon carry the two names of nursing pioneers.
The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway is currently closed due to the Coronavirus and has launched an appeal to help survive the virus and adapt to the new conditions as quickly as possible. To donate to the appeal, please visit their website here.
Representatives from the Florence Nightingale Foundation and the Mary Seacole Trust will unveil the nameplates once travel restrictions are lifted.
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