The restoration of a diesel locomotive at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway has become a runner-up in two categories in the 2021 Heritage Railway Association Awards.
The restoration took nearly 30 years and is the third year in which the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway has been shortlisted for an HRA Award.
The Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway were joint winners with the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway for its reopening in 2009.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 ceremony had to be held virtually.
The LCLR’s Skeggy Simplex was runner up in the Coiley Locomotive Engineering Award, which was won by the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway’s for the restoration of Welsh Pony and was also runner up for the Diesel Locomotion Award, which was won by the Severn Valley Railway’s Class 50 Alliance.
After a 25 year restoration by the LCLR Historic Vehicles Trust, the locomotive is now in operation at the LCLR in the Skegness Water Leisure Park.
Railway spokesman John Chappell said: “This is an extraordinary achievement for such a small group of volunteers, working with basic equipment and meeting many of the costs of the restoration themselves. Their skill and dedication has brought back to life a small locomotive which has played a very large part in making the Lincolnshire Coast one of the most popular destinations in the country for families on holiday – helping to protect the towns and villages and literally providing the motive power to build much of them in its everyday work”.
Richard Shepherd said: “It is wonderful to be recognised by these awards and to hear and see the ‘Skeggy Simplex’ running again after all the years of work. It’s not been an easy task, but persistence in solving problems and sourcing or making spare parts has paid off. I don’t think it occurred to us that one day, our efforts would be judged alongside some of the biggest names in heritage railways, whose achievements over the years we respect and admire.
”We congratulate the winners and hope these awards will encourage more people to join us in being part of our wonderful railway in Skegness.”
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