Cumbria

Steam age train given new home in Kirkby Stephen

Steam engine awaiting restoration
Image caption The locomotive was only in service for five years

A station in Cumbria has become the new home of one of the last steam trains to be built by British Railways.

The 9F locomotive No 92219 entered service in 1960 hauling heavy freight and the occasional passenger train.

However, its working life was cut short in 1965 under modernisation plans which replaced steam power with diesel and electric locomotives.

Volunteers at the Stainmore Railway Company's site at Kirkby Stephen now hope to restore it to its former glory.

For a time there were fears the steam locomotive, the second to last to be built by British Railways, would be broken up and sold for spares, even though the one following it is now preserved at the National Railway Museum in York.

Following its purchase by Graham Harris, director of the Stainmore Railway Company, the rusting hulk made the journey via road on a trailer from a storage site in the Midlands.

There are now plans to build a special shed to house it while the lengthy restoration process gets under way.

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