Railway centre gets historical new summer attraction

The Midland Railway – Butterley will be having a visiting steam locomotive over the summer.

The historical train was built in 1951 at Darlington to a design dating back to 1898 and was part of the J72 Class of locomotives.

The trust has secured it on loan from the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group, which works to preserve some of the steam locomotives still working in the North East of England

Following withdrawal from service the train was privately preserved and moved to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway where the owner named it “Joem”.

After the death of the owner, it was purchased by the North Eastern Preservation Society in 1983. The No. 69023 named locomotive has recently been restored and will be used over several events during the summer.

Midland Railway Trust development officer, Alan Calladine, said: “ We are very pleased to see 69023 at the Midland Railway – Butterley. This locomotive is bound to be a popular attraction.”

For more information call the centre on 01773 747674