The East Lancashire Railway has welcomed the arrival of another heritage locomotive to the Bury Transport Museum.

The long-awaited arrival of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Radial Tank 1008 safely navigated the journey from the National Railway Museum at York on a long-term agreement and the locomotive immediately looks at home. The ‘Lanky Tank’ joins other locomotives on loan from the National Railway Museum including narrow-gauge ‘Wren’, ‘Tilbury Tank’ 2500; L & Y Dray and the recent addition of ‘Vesta’ from the National Trust. The relocation of 1008 was the final piece of the jigsaw from the loan request from the National Collection.

Keith Whitmore, Director of Bury Transport Museum said, “through ever closer working with the National Railway Museum, this important collection will have wide appeal across the North-West and our thanks go to the NRM for agreeing to loan these artifacts to be looked after by the East Lancashire Railway”.

“Subject to agreement with the National Railway Museum, we are hoping to display 1008 and other L&Y locomotives in an outdoor line-up late this year as part of an ‘open day’ at the Bury Transport Museum, to celebrate these important icons of our railway heritage.”

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