THE 5BEL Trust saw its hopes dashed of returning the ‘Brighton Belle’ to service in the same year that Flying Scotsman finally re-emerged on the main line.
After a frustrating year, beset by problems with the complex re-wiring of the motor third carriages, the trust reluctantly took the decision to leave its home at Barrow Hill, a process which cost almost six months of productive activity.
Spokesman Neil Marshall paid tribute to the ground-breaking work carried out by Rampart Engineering. “They were able to achieve what everyone said was impossible and Paul Ramsden has created a national centre of excellence for heritage railway restoration at Barrow Hill.
“Our problem with hitting our stretching targets has been one of capacity – the ability to work on at least four cars at the same time.”
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