Verbal update by Assistant Director Community Services
The Assistant Director - Community Services informed Members of the acquisition of Locomotion No. 1 Replica from Beamish Museum, and advised Members that an assessment of the condition, and the work required, to bring Locomotion No. 1 Replica back into full operational order in time for the 2025 bicentenary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway (S&DR) had been completed.
Members were informed that a report would be submitted to Cabinet on 6 September 2022, to request the release of capital to allow the required work to be undertaken.
The Assistant Director - Community Services advised that the intention was that Locomotion No. 1 Replica would be operating under steam as part of the overall celebrations for the 2025 bicentenary for the Stockton and Darlington Railway, together with the construction of a number of chaldron waggons and coaches for people to ride in. Members were also advised of the proposed development of a solution to allow Locomotion No1 Replica to operate under greener technologies.
Members were keen to ensure that the requested capital funding would be sufficient to complete the required works, and received assurances to that effect.
RESOLVED – That the update be noted.