Plea to help fund engine restoration at Rutland Railway Museum in Cottesmore

The Singapore locomotive at Rutland Railway Museum with members Alistair Smith and Dale Thonburn

The Singapore locomotive at Rutland Railway Museum with members Alistair Smith and Dale Thonburn

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TRAIN enthusiasts need financial help to bring a Second World War steam train to full working condition.

The Singapore is currently at Rutland Railway Museum in Cottesmore and has been an attraction there since 1979.

Every 10 years the train has to be reassessed to see if it is still working properly and this time volunteers at the museum think it’s going to cost about £35,000 to restore the machine to working order.

It needs specialist work to its engine and other minor repairs.

Spokesman David Atkinson said: “We want to raise as much as we can to return the train to steam.

“Hopefully people who have been to the museum and have enjoyed looking at the train in the past will help us support it for the future.”

The history of The Singapore is an interesting one. The train was captured, along with 80,000 allied servicemen, when Singapore was captured by Japan in 1942.

It was returned to the British Navy in 1945 and was retired in 1972.

The train still has bullet holes in its sides to give a very real account of its own past.

To mark the anniversary of the fall of Singapore, Rutland Railway Museum is staging a number of memorial days at the museum on February 12, 14, 16 and 19 with all proceeds going to the appeal.

The Singapore will be on display along with a photographic account of The Second World War called “The Singapore Story” which includes a haunting image of liberated Leicester man John Sharpe who was a Japanese prisoner of war.