Restoration for old rail engines

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RAIL enthusiasts hoping to reopen an old line through countryside near Chesterfield have acquired two new locomotives.

Ashover Light Railway Society has received one steam and one battery electric engine. The society already has a diesel engine dating back to 1948, which is undergoing restoration.

David Wilmott, spokesman for the society, said: “The first of the new acquisitions is a two-foot gauge battery electric locomotive that saw use at Spondon power station near Derby. The second is the unique sentinel type steam locomotive that was originally built for the Jaywick Sands railway in Essex and later saw use in New Brighton.

“Currently dismantled, this will represent a longer-term restoration project.”