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Rocks by Rail receives donation from Cottesmore for Stamford Loco Appeal Fund




An appeal to raise funds to buy a locomotive called ‘Stamford’ is steaming forward.

Cottesmore Parish Council is giving a £500 community grant to support Rocks by Rail volunteers with their Stamford Loco Appeal Fund.

Rocks by Rail, the Rutland railway museum, launched the appeal at the start of the year to make the 94-year-old steam locomotive, which once hauled ironstone at the site, a permanent resident.

'Stamford' leaving the exchange sidings at Pilton shortly before the quarry closure in 1969. Photo: Roger Hardingham
'Stamford' leaving the exchange sidings at Pilton shortly before the quarry closure in 1969. Photo: Roger Hardingham

Cottesmore Parish Council chairman Chris Donovan, said: “The ironstone workings are an important part of Rutland’s local history and we are pleased to contribute to the campaign fund to retain the ‘Stamford’ engine in its original home county.”

The grant is a significant step on the way to raising the £5,000 appeal total, with some of the funds to be used for the restoration of ‘Stamford’.

David Atkinson, chairman of the museum’s trustees said: “We are very grateful to receive the support of the parish council to help us with this unique project.

“We are making good and steady progress with the appeal but there is still some way to go.”

Stamford worked its final shift at Pilton Ironstone Quarry in June 1969, when the quarry closed. Initially purchased for preservation by the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex, the loco has been on loan to Rocks by Rail for several years.

Built by the Avonside Engine Company in Bristol in 1927, it is one of a few steam locomotives that worked in Rutland’s ironstone quarries to survive.

Donations to the appeal can be made by cheque made payable to 'Rutland Railway Museum' with 'Stamford Loco Appeal' written on the back. Cheques can be sent to Mr A Salmon, RbR Treasurer, 4 Main Street, Stanford on Soar, Loughborough LE12 5PY

A gift aid form is available to download online here.



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