An ancient steam locomotive that was built in Victorian times is visiting the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway for the month of May.

‘Bellerophon’ is one of the oldest working steam locomotives in the world. She was built way back in 1874 to work the Haydock Colliery Company’s railways, a total of 60 miles, and to haul salt from the Evans family salt mine at Winsford in Cheshire to the chemical industries in St. Helens.

Bellerophon was retired after 90 years service in 1964. Saved from the scrap heap, she arrived at The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway at Haworth, where she waited 15 years for time and money to be available for restoration. The Vintage Carriage Trust  then bought her for £1 and with a London Science Museum grant and £17,000 restored it in five years.Restored to her original livery of Brown with Cream lining and open cab Bellerophon certainly creates a lot of interest wherever she goes.

Bellerophon is spending the whole month of May at the LWR, so you’ll have more opportunities to see this unique loco in action at Ludborough! Her first appearance was at the May Bank Holiday Steam Weekend on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May. Our photo above, taken by Dave Enefer, shows Bellerophon arriving at North Thoresby station. Then on Sunday 15th May Bellerophon was the star attraction at our special Victorian Event. Her farewell appearance will be at the Family Fun Weekend on Sunday 29th and Bank Holiday Monday 30th May.

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