Some good news for the railway going forward in these uncertain times.
A private individual has purchased class 31 no. 31454 for restoration and use on the railway. The locomotive looks much worse than it is and is a member of the sub class that was fitted to provide electric train heating which will enable us to heat our carriages in the colder months.
The restoration work can commence when lockdown is over. It is hoped the locomotive will be operational later this year and will provide stand by heating for the Polar Express.