Lottery gives £954K to restore J21

THE Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust, which is seeking to restore 1889-built NER J21 0-6-0 No. 65033 to steam over the line it used to work, has been awarded £954,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, it was announced on June 19.

NER J21 0-6-0 No. 65033 on static display at Kirkby Stephen East station. SRC

The award will also be used to develop a heritage and interpretation centre within a currently derelict 1902-built 50ft stores van and on the enclosed platform area at the Stainmore Railway’s Kirkby Stephen East station.

Trust chairman Toby Watkins said: “This is fantastic news for the Trust, our partners the Stainmore Railway Company and for the town of Kirkby Stephen. This superb investment by the HLF will transform the centre within an Edwardian railway stores van and on the enclosed platform area at the Stainmore Railway’s Kirkby Stephen East station into a leading Cumbrian tourist attraction and it will be a tremendous boost for the town”.

The award marks the culmination of a two-year development phase the HLF granted £38,500 towards in order to properly assess the cost of restoring the locomotive and the interpretation vehicle, professionally design a range of exhibits that will appeal to a wide spectrum of the public and to identify the associated needs of the public, local schools and bodies. The grant will also fund two part-time jobs.

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