Steam dinner raises hundreds towards campaign to restore Vale locomotive
A fundraising campaign to restore a steam locomotive and possibly it bring back to life has received a welcome boost.
Work has already begun to restore the narrow gauge train Lord Granby - one of the two remaining locomotives which worked in the once thriving iron ore industry on the outskirts of the Vale of Belvoir.
Fundraisers hope the engine can be restored as either a static exhibit, a static exhibit capable of steaming or a fully working steam train.
Members of Eastwell History Group have brought the Lord Granby back home from a Leeds museum where it was being exhibited. It was taken to a workshop at Dove Cottage Hospice in Stathern earlier this year for engineering works.
The first Steam Dinner to raise funds for its restoration was recently held in the new Eastwell Village Hall, attended by 59 people. There were generous contributions of time, ideas, food, drink and prizes from any number of supporters, for which the history group was very grateful.
The evening included a raffle and ‘heads and tails’ bingo to raise funds and these were supported by the sale of Lord Granby merchandise including tea towels and T-shirts.
It’s understood the very successful event raised around £900.
The Lord Granby operated on a network of narrow-gauge mineral railways around Eastwell and the neighbouring villages of Goadby Marwood, Eaton and Branston between 1902 and 1960. The iron ore was ferried from the quarries to the main line railway system en route to ironworks in Derbyshire.
To support the restoration project, via the Lord Granby 100 Club, email 100Club@lordgranbyrail.org.uk or call Eastwell History Group honorary secretary John Wood on (01949) 861836.