Spalding goes back to the age of steam

Britannia steam locomotive OliverCromwell passes through Spalding last Saturday
Britannia steam locomotive OliverCromwell passes through Spalding last Saturday
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A BRITANNIA class steam locomotive ran through Spalding at the weekend for the first time in more than 45 years.

Railway enthusiasts turned out in force to witness the 70013 Oliver Cromwell pass through Spalding station at 11.17am on Saturday.

The train was on a charter trip heading to Skegness via Sleaford.

The train had been expected to pass through the town a few months ago, but had broken down before starting its journey.

In 1968 the train was moved to Bressingham Steam Museum where it was exhibited for many years before being moved to Great Central Railway in Loughborough in May 2004 for an overhaul to Main Line standard.

In May 2008, it was unveiled fully restored by the transport minister Tom Harris at Loughborough Central Station.

The restoration had taken four years of hard graft by volunteers and staff of the Great Central Railway.