Open day raises awareness and funds for Eastwell’s locomotive conservation project

A view of the workshop with two Eastwell Ironstone former employees catching up on bygone days EMN-160817-184521001
A view of the workshop with two Eastwell Ironstone former employees catching up on bygone days EMN-160817-184521001
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A project to restore a village’s own railway locomotive which worked during the ironstone quarrying days has received a welcome cash boost thanks to a recent free-to-enter open day event.

The event also raised awareness of the conservation of ‘Lord Granby’ - a locomotive that worked in Eastwell from 1902 to 1959 for the Eastwell Ironstone Company.

Classic tractors on show EMN-160817-184927001

Classic tractors on show EMN-160817-184927001

The goal is to restore ‘Lord Granby’ to static exhibit status as the central attraction of a future ironstone heritage centre.

John Wood, honorary secretary of the Eastwell History Group, said: “Following hard work by all concerned the open day was a social and financial success.

“Our primary objective was to make face-to-face contact with as many of our supporters as possible and we certainly achieved that. Everyone who visited was impressed with the work done so far.

“Our secondary objective was to raise some money towards the conservation of ‘Lord Granby’ and it looks as if over £800 was achieved on the day.”

For more visit https://lordgranbyrail.org.uk or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LordGranby