Historic steam train back on track after £500,000 overhaul

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Published on 28 Jul 2021, 11:19
A piece of railway history has been celebrated in the Highlands with the return to the tracks of a fully restored steam locomotive.

5025 – the oldest ‘Black 5’ class locomotive in preservation – was refurbished after a remarkable £500,000 fundraising effort by Strathspey Railway enthusiasts.

They have breathed new life into a classic train that was among the last of those withdrawn in the 1960s as part of the so-called Beeching cuts that stripped much of Britain’s loss-making rail network.

5025 was bought by a private railway enthusiast, but was later withdrawn again because it needed substantial repairs and lay in an engine shed for almost two decades.