From Spain with love

Steaming along to help: The Train From Spain appeal will help with the landmark acquisition and restoration of the mini train to run in Cumbria.

Steaming along to help: The Train From Spain appeal will help with the landmark acquisition and restoration of the mini train to run in Cumbria.

THE Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society (RERPS) is launching The Train From Spain appeal to help with the landmark acquisition and restoration of a vintage miniature steam locomotive to run on its 15 inch gauge Lake District line.

The engine in question is Krauss Pacific No.8457, which was built in 1929 to work at the Ibero-American Exposition in Seville, Spain.

It has not worked for many years, so, after an expensive move over some 1,200 miles, from Barcelona to Cumbria, it will now need to be restored to full working order.

RERPS is asking for people to get behind this project and to support this unique restoration, and has set up a fundraising website – trainfromspain.org – where you can find out more about how you can support the project and learn about locomotive No.8457’s rich and interesting history.

Your help could give this old engine a new home and an exciting new future.

The Train From Spain is looking to raise £126,000 – just £15 each between 8457 people – to finish the locomotive, so that it can help pull trains on the R&ER, which has a real need for more working steam engines on its line. This appeal comes 50 years after the Preservation Society funded the construction of its other locomotive, River Mite, in 1966.