Fancott Railway’s Herbie rides again!

A DIESEL locomotive thought to have been written off in a blaze which destroyed much of Britain’s best-known and oldest pub railway, is back in service again.

As previously reported, disaster struck at the 10¼in gauge line Fancott Miniature Railway, around 3.40pm on March 3, 2015.

Class 40 lookalike Herbie has been restored to running order by RVM Engineering of Hastings, despite fears that it had been damaged beyond repair in the fire. FMR

A fire, believed to have been started by a discarded cigarette end, broke out in the bin compound at the back of the locomotive shed.

The blaze destroyed the locomotive shed and the carriage shed, the building of which had been finished at noon only the same day. Several carriages were lost.

Part of the Grade II listed Fancott pub in the village of the same name near Toddington in Bedfordshire was severely damaged too, but despite the damage to the kitchen and outhouses, the main building, with its low ceilings and wooden beams, escaped.

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