Holiday camp star makes Manx debut after Scarborough overhaul

A STEAM outline locomotive, which featured on the closing credits of the Eighties TV holiday camp comedy series Hi de Hi, has returned to running order on the Groudle Glen Railway in time for Santa specials.

Baguley diesel No. 3232 of 1947 once worked at Butlin’s Clacton holiday camp. Previously named Parracombe, it arrived on the Isle of Man in 2007 from the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway in Devon, after seeing service on the Lynbarn Railway at the Milky Way theme park in Clovelly.

Former TV situation comedy star Maltby in service on the Groudle Glen Railway. RICHARD BOOTH

It has been overhauled at NBR Engineering at Scarborough, which stripped the locomotive back to the frames and completely rebuilt the engine and gearbox.

The frames, wheels and large numbers of components have been shot blasted, painted or powder coated and the locomotive is now in the process of being reconstructed.

It has been renamed Maltby after Richard Maltby Broadbent, who created the glen, zoo and the 2ft gauge railway on the Isle of Man in the 1890s.

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