Ravenglass Railway Museum Calls “Quarryman”


Internal Combustion Locomotive ‘Quarryman’ Launches Exciting Fundraising Campaign Following Museum’s Success With Fellow Engine ‘Synolda’

Synolda’s campaign saw the Ravenglass Railway Museum undertake a three-phase overhaul of the 110-year-old Basset-Lowke locomotive, and work is now underway on its new tender. After the completion of the overhaul of the amazing little blue engine, she will resume operations for future special events at the museum.

Claire Winter-Moore of the Ravenglass Railway Museum said:

“We are delighted that the “Synolda” fundraising campaign has been such a success and would like to thank everyone who contributed”

“We hope our next project will once again capture the public’s imagination as we seek to bring another of our fine powerhouses back to life.”

The museum’s next campaign hopes to see ‘Quarryman’ which is a four-wheel petrol engine and oil spray tractor which needs several essential works in order to restore it to a working condition where it can be demonstrated for the public on the well- Loved the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway line.

Quarryman and Theakston Granite Wagons, Mary Fair, 1927 // Credit: RRM Archive

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is today well known for its steam engines, but in its industrial past stronger engines were needed to haul the heavy loads of stone from Beckfoot Quarry to the stone crushing plant at Murthwaite .

Built in 1926, ‘Quarryman’ was the perfect stone hauler with the simple yet rugged Fordson tractor design more commonly found in farm machinery. The railroad has previously ordered two similar locomotives, however, ‘Quarryman’ is the only surviving example of this narrow gauge design.

Claire Winter-Moore went on to say:

Career is a very special locomotive, not only does it represent the start of the agricultural revolution as internal combustion became widespread, but on a more local level it also helped sustain the railway at a very difficult time in its history”

“During the Second World War, when there were no passenger services, Career helped keep stone traffic on the R&ER moving, making it the only source of revenue for the railroad at the time. It is possible that without Career and its partners, the railway may not have survived”.

Appeal for the restoration of “Quarryman” from the Ravenglass Railway Museum on JustGiving
Appeal for the restoration of the “Quarryman” of the Ravenglass Railway Museum on JustGiving // Credit: RRM

A JustGiving page has recently launched in support of the appeal which includes a £5,000 goal that hopes to cover vital work to secure ‘Quarryman’s future’.

The JustGiving page can be found here: www.justgiving.com/campaign/quarrymanappeal and will see regular updates on the project.

To learn more about the Ravenglass Railway Museum, visit www.ravenglassrailwaymuseum.co.uk


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