Steam breaks new ground at Skeggy on longer LCLR

REGULAR steam and diesel services are now operating over the 170-yard extension to the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway that was completed over the winter.

The line in the Skegness Water Leisure Park has been extended to a point beside Skegness Aerodrome. The terminus run-round loop at South Loop has been moved to this new point, with provision made for the construction of the line’s second station at some time in the future.

The crew of 1903-built Peckett 0-4-0ST Jurassic prepare to couple it on to its train for the return of the first journey over the extension at South Loop. Driver Mick Allen is on the footplate, while fireman Mike Gott stands on the ballast. DAVE ENEFER/LCLR

Services on the extended line began on Sunday, May 27. Spokesman John Chappell said: “The crowds turned out and filled the trains right from the first run over the extended line.

Of course, the first steam-hauled train of the day – pulled by our beautiful steam engine Jurassic – was full and it justified all the hard work our volunteers had put in over the winter to extend the line and install new run round facilities at the terminus at South Loop.”

“A new section of passenger railway opening in Lincolnshire is a rare and special occasion. We had visitors from as far as London, Cheltenham and even two people from the village of Southam, in Warwickshire, who work for Cemex, the company that took over the quarries where Jurassic operated from 1903 to 1956.”

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