King-sized component for Tom’s latest project

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A HUGE steam engine which was standing redundant in a car park is the latest restoration target by a team of Doncaster engineers.

Markham Grange Nurseries boss Tom Nuttall and his team of volunteers at the adjacent steam museum are working to fix a beam engine which had been lying idle in a car park near a college in Bedford.

Components were brought up to the museum site in Brodsworth by road, including a giant flywheel.

The engine is more than 100 years old and was used at a waterworks which once stood close to the site.

The volunteers at the site on Long Lands had to build a frame to transport the structure.

Mr Nuttall said: “We allowed a four-inch clearance so we could get the flywheel under motorway bridges.

“Obviously we didn’t want to rip up any bridges, but more importantly, we didn’t want to damage the wheel!”

Mr Nuttall is a 77-year-old former apprentice at the Doncaster Plantworks, where some of the most iconic railway engines in history were built, including the Flying Scotsman and the Mallard.

He first set up the museum in a warehouse on the nursery site after picking up a steam generator in the 1980s.

People then contacted him to tell him where he could find more engines, leading to what started to become a collection.

The museum is open every day and admission is free, but engines are in steam only on selected dates.