BRITISH Gypsum has helped to secure the future of the UK’s growing rail heritage sector with the donation of an Andrew Barclay 552 diesel hydraulic locomotive to the Scottish Railway Preservation Society at Bo’ness.
Last used on the company’s Kirkby Thore and Cocklakes site in Cumbria and known as FGF, it was one of three that transferred rock from the nearby gypsum mines to the company’s plasterboard manufacturing plant.
After refurbishment and restoration of its original 1982 livery, the locomotive will now carry out essential track maintenance duties on the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway. Speaking at Friday’s handover, British Gypsum’s Chris Britton, said: “It is appropriate that, as the company heralds a new era of environment-friendly rail transport with our new railhead and pioneering delivery service to Scotland via the Settle to Carlisle Railway, we should be helping to cement the future of our railway heritage with the donation of FGF to one of the UK’s top rail heritage sites.”
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