Last working steam locomotive to serve Somerset coalfield unveiled after overhaul
The last working stream locomotive to serve the Somerset coalfield is due to be unveiled at a special event having undergone a 20-month overhaul.
Built in Bristol in 1929, the 0-4-0 Peckett steam locomotive, now named Kilmersdon, was the last working steam train when the colliery closed in 1973.
After being on loan from British Coal, the loco became the property of the Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust in 2010 and since then work has been carried out to restore it back to its former glory.
The hard work of volunteers will be unveiled at the Trust's home, Washford Station, on Saturday, October 5.
The event will be attended by members of the family of Herbie Loader, the final driver of the loco at Kilmersdon Colliery Radstock.
A film of the loco working at Kilmersdon Colliery in the late 1960s will be shown at intervals during the day.
Mike Beale, from the Trust, said the event would be an opportunity for train enthusiasts to see the restoration work they had carried out on the locomotive.
He said: "The Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust is dedicated to preserving the memory of the railway which ran from Bath to Bournemouth with branches to Wells, Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea.
"The line closed in 1966, but is still one of the best loved of former railways, with memories of steam trains climbing the Mendips carrying both passengers and freight, captured on film by legendary photographer Ivo Peters and many others."
Midsomer Norton's Silver Street heritage railway station is also operated by Trust volunteers who are trying to raise enough money to buy Masbury station between Midsomer Norton and Wells in the hope of linking up the existing heritage railway. The ambition is to raise the £500,000 needed before September 30.