Leeds built locomotive to be given new lease of life

An early 20th century steam locomotive built in Leeds is to be given a new lease of life in a Leicestershire village that it served with distinction for decades.

Known as ‘Lord Granby’, the locomotive which was manufactured in the city by Hudswell Clarke and Co Ltd in 1902 for the Eastwell Iron Ore Co, worked in the quarries at Eastwell near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire until it was gifted to Leeds in 1961.

A 20-year loan of the Lord Granby to the village has now been agreed by Leeds City Council, which will see the locomotive restored to its former glory by the local Eastwell History Group.

Previously on display at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, the locomotive is set to be exhibited by the history group at an open day on Sunday, September 1 in the village once all reconditioning work is completed.

John Roles, Leeds City Council’s head of museums and galleries said:

“The villagers of Eastwell are passionate about their history. They have a long-established history group and are creating a museum.

“We are delighted to be working with Eastwell History Group on this restoration project to revive this wonderful example of Leeds, Britain’s and Eastwell’s proud industrial and engineering heritage.

“It will be a really fantastic sight to see this locomotive looking good as new.”

Mike Shearstone, Chairman of the Eastwell History Group said:

“The whole village is really excited and the group is looking forward to this project. Older residents clearly remember seeing Lord Granby pulling wagons of ironstone along the ridge of the Vale of Belvoir.

“Although it will not be a quick process and there is a lot of work, we are really keen to get started.”

Notes to editors:

Eastwell History Group will be supported in the restoration by “Rocks by Rail: the living ironstone museum”.

For more information on Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/armleymills or call 0113 263 7861.

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Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

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