Saltburn Miniture RailwaySaltburn Miniature Railway is celebrating a new addition after three years of painstaking restoration.

Blacklock R, the steam locomotive, has been named after the former Chairman of Saltburn Miniature Railway Association (SMRA), Reg Blacklock, who passed away in 2012.

Saltburn Miniature Railway was founded in 1947 and ran for many years but eventually fell into disrepair. It was rescued in 1985 by the founders of SMRA and has carried on successfully ever since. The attraction is based in one of Redcar and Cleveland’s country parks, Saltburn Valley Gardens.

Bob Proctor, Chairman of the SMRA, said: “We have always wanted our own steam locomotive. Previously we had visiting locomotives but we finally managed to buy a part built one which took three years to complete.

“The new addition brings the locomotive stock to four at the Saltburn Miniature Railway, with the Prince Charles 4-6-2 diesel electric, George Outhwaite diesel electric, Saltburn 150 diesel hydraulic and now Blacklock R.

“Without the fantastic work from our volunteers we would not have the railway, which is such an important attraction for the Valley Gardens and Saltburn.”

The Saltburn Miniature Railway is open from 1pm to 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holiday Mondays. During school summer holidays the attraction is open daily (excluding Mondays). For more information, please visit: www.saltburn-miniature-railway.org.uk