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Club started in bid to restore 1902 steam locomotive in Eastwell

The Lord Granby has returned to Eastwell, from Leeds Industrial Museum. The tank, cab and chimney were removed for safe transit. ENGEMN00120130829163408

The Lord Granby has returned to Eastwell, from Leeds Industrial Museum. The tank, cab and chimney were removed for safe transit. ENGEMN00120130829163408

A fundraising club has been launched in a bid to restore a steam locomotive built in 1902.

The Eastwell History Group has set up a 100 Club to raise funds for the restoration of the Lord Granby, a loc0motive used to transport ironstone quarried around Eastwell.

The society aims to restore the locomotive to its original glory and make it part of an exhibit which will celebrate the history of ironstone quarrying.

The Lord Granby was taken out of commission in 1951 and ended up at the Leeds Industrial Museum but it has since been rescued and returned to the village by the history group which found it in a severely decayed state.

John Wood, of the history group, saidthe restoration would be a long-term project which could take up to 20 years. He said that 30 people had already joined the 100 Club since it was set up a few weeks ago.

Mr Wood said: “The first step is to dismantle the Lord Granby and take it down to its component parts to see what needs to be done.”

He said that to restore The Lord Granby as a static exhibit would likely cost in the region of £50,000 and if it was possible to restore it to a full-working steam locomotive, it would cost about £100,000.

Members of the 100 Club pay a monthly subscription of £5 per month and at least 25 per cent of the fund is returned to subscribers in a monthly draw. Anybody interested in supporting the appeal should go to www.lordgranbyrail.org or call 
Colin Darby on 01949 860333.

 

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