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Historic locomotive helps museum mark its annual steam gala
12:30pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
A STEAM engine which spent 13-years on show at a Butlin’s holiday camp is to be the main attraction at a railway museum’s ninth annual steam gala.
Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon is to host the event.
Visitors will be able to view the Duchess of Hamilton which has been loaned to the museum by the National Railway Museum, York.
The locomotive was built in 1938 and served British Rail for 23-years. It spent time in America at the New York World Trade Fair in 1939.
It was saved from the scrap heap by Billy Butlin in 1961 as he used old steam trains as exhibits at his holiday camps.
It stood at Butlin’s Minehead camp, in Somerset, until the Friends of the National Railway Museum bought it in 1987.
The engine is to be joined by the newly restored Galatea locomotive which was built in 1936 for the London Midland and Scottish Railway.
It was sent to be scrapped in 1964 but it survived until a ten-year restoration programme returned it to its former glory.
In addition there will be trade stands in the museum’s Collection building and a Guild of Railway Artists Exhibition called Railart 2013.
The event will run between Saturday, 21, and Sunday, 22, September with doors open from 10am to 5pm with free entry.
Details on the steam gala can be obtained via the museum on 01388-777999 or its website at www.nrm.org.uk/locomotion.
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