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Tony and Glynnis Frith save former Rowntree diesel shunter from the scrapheap
7:46am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
PART of York’s railway history is back on track after being saved from the scrapheap.
Tony and Glynnis Frith, volunteers at the Murton-based Derwent Valley Light Railway (DVLR), bought the 040 Ruston and Hornsby shunter, which once belonged to the Rowntree chocolate factory, after hearing it was going to be destroyed.
The diesel shunter, which operated at the Rowntree site between 1960 and 1980 and was then housed at various preservation railways throughout the country, is now based at the DVLR, where it has been undergoing repairs so it can run along the railway.
The intention was to have the repairs carried out in time for the DLVR’s Santa Specials journeys in December, but it has already been fixed following work over the weekend.
DVLR chairman Dave Wilde said: “It is ideal for our type of railway. We also have another Ruston and Hornsby diesel locomotive from the British Sugar Corporation in York which was donated to us, and we are proud that we are keeping part of York’s railway heritage alive.”
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