Puffing Billy has new role

PUBLISHED: 13:15 17 May 2007 | UPDATED: 15:06 12 May 2010

John Drayton, quarry manager at the Cemex Barrington, with the engine Billy Smart - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2373DW07

John Drayton, quarry manager at the Cemex Barrington, with the engine Billy Smart - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2373DW07

A WORKING locomotive has been rescued from the scrap yard to take pride of place at a quarry. The locomotive, nicknamed Billy Smart due to its resemblance to a fairground attraction, was lifted by two cranes and placed at the entrance to the Cemex Barring

A WORKING locomotive has been rescued from the scrap yard to take pride of place at a quarry.

The locomotive, nicknamed Billy Smart due to its resemblance to a fairground attraction, was lifted by two cranes and placed at the entrance to the Cemex Barrington plant.

Quarry manager John Drayton said: "We had a great day, lots of people came to watch.

"Billy is part of our heritage and he'll attract a lot of attention."

Billy was bought by the works in 2001 and with his brother Mr D, named after Mr Drayton, carried loads of up to 150 tonnes of chalk and clay from the quarry for crushing and use in cement making.

The quarry railway lines closed in 2005 and while many of the engines found homes at museums Billy, a British-built Thomas Hill Vanguard, was left behind.

Mr Drayton said: "Billy will be popular with the visitors especially the children."

- Mr D can be seen at Rutland Railway Museum.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Royston Crow. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Royston Crow