LCLR’S FIRST OPEN WEEKEND IN
Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th September, 2005
"Major" and an Ashover coach on the very wet Saturday.
"Major" and the restored Ashover coach
(photo - Mike Newbold)
So, the Open Days proved to be a significant moment in the Railway’s history, coming 20 years after the closure of the original site at Humberston, south of Grimsby and 45 years after its pioneering line had opened. It was the first line to have been built by railway enthusiasts – a true pioneer among the hugely popular “Heritage Railway” movement. Many visitors told the LCLR’s workers that they had feared the line was dead and gone forever when it closed in 1985 – and were delighted and impressed by the progress in construction of the new line and restoration of its historic locomotives, carriages and wagons.
Now emboldened by the success of the Open Days and the enthusiasm of visitors for what has been achieved, the volunteers feel encouraged to press on with plans for operating public trains, which it’s felt, could be possible within two years.
The LCLR fleet displayed outside the shed prior to opening on Sunday 11th Sept 2005.
Left to right: Restored Ashover coach, Simplex loco "Paul" with Nocton coach and second Ashover,
Simplex loco "Wilton" with Sand Hutton coach
Another view of "Paul"and the Nocton Estates coach.
"Paul" sporting its metal body - first loco in service at Humberston.
Wooden bodied Simplex "Wilton" and Sand Hutton coach.
Star of the show - "Jurassic" in shed awaiting restoration - how long before Skegness
hears the sound of narrow gauge steam traction?
LCLR Historic Vehicle Trusts Ambulance Van and Class D bogie wagon with Simplex loco.
Second class D bogie wagon with class P ration wagon on board.
Driver Jim Smith at controls of "Major" shunts exhibits into position as visitors arrive.
View of site from entrance looking back towards the shed