The Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway operated its first steam-hauled public passenger train at its present base at the Skegness Water Leisure Park on September 17, with a record number
of passengers being carried on the day.
Peckett 0-6-0ST No. 1008 Jurassic, built by Bristol company Peckett and Sons for Southam lime works in Warwickshire, was launched into public service at the venue’s annual Classic Wheels car and commercial vehicle show, which raises money for Skegness Lifeboat Station and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.
The 1903-built locomotive was hauling its first passengers in more than 30 years, following a £43,600 refurbishment.
The LCLR originally bought Jurassic in 1961 to pull trains on its line between Humberston bus terminus near Cleethorpes and the local beach.
When that line closed in the 1980s, Jurassic was moved to Skegness Water Leisure Park and looked after by LCLR’s Historical Vehicles Trust, formed in 1982 to conserve and operate railway vehicles and agricultural, military and seaside locomotives.
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