Two of the last locos to be operated on the Humberhead Peatlands (Crowle, Hatfield and Thorne Moors) have been returned to Crowle Moors.
The two diesel hydraulic locomotives and associated slave units had been in storage in Norfolk. The locomotives have been purchased by the society and will be restored to operating condition. The locos numbered 5129 and 5220 were purchased with kind support of North Lincolnshire Council. They are now in secure storage awaiting commencement of the restoration programme.
The locos originally built by the Schöma locomotive company of Germany in 1990 and 1991 were operated by Fisons, Levingtons and ultimately Scotts from both Swinefleet and Hatfield Peat Works. Peat Extraction on the moors came to an end in 2002 when the government bought-out the extraction rights from Scotts to form the National Nature Reserve.
The society already own a Simplex locomotive (40s302) that had been given to them by Natural England. It is hoped that in the near future a running track will built on Crowle so that the restored locomotives can be operated as a reminder of the peat extraction industry that previously existed.
Schöma 5129 in 1993 with a loaded train on Bank Top. Photo copyright Hans-Peter Gladtfeld