Trainspotters get chance to buy engine

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WANTED - a new owner with deep pockets, plenty of patience and dedication.

Having your own stretch of railway track would also be an advantage for anyone interested in buying former British Steel shunting locomotive Rotherham, which used to move trucks around depots in the Lower Don Valley.

The 50-tonne engine is one of two especially built for British steel by the Sheffield-based Yorkshire Engine Company in 1950.

It has been put on sale for £12,000 by enthusiasts from the Heritage Shunters Trust, which bought the engine for restoration.

But time is running out. If the locomotive has not found a buyer by December 31, it will go for scrap.

It is currently based in sidings in Rowsley, near Chatsworth, on the Peak Rail heritage line.

A trust spokesman said: “The engine stands a very slim chance of restoration due to other projects taking priority and limited finance and manpower.

“We are offering the locomotive at a price of about £12,000 and the purchaser can either transport the locomotive to a site of their own choice for restoration or restore the locomotive at Rowsley.

“The locomotive is available for inspection at a pre-arranged time to any seriously-interested parties.”

n For details, email heritageshunterstrust@hotmail.co.uk