The simplex loco is our oldest locomotive and has never left the Humberhead peatlands after being purchased new by Fisons in 1967.
It was built by Motor Rail Limited at their Bedford Works. Originally supplied with a short cab, the cab was extended to make it easier for operators to get in and out of.
The loco is being renovated by the Engineering Department of North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe as an enrichment project for their students. This is being supervised by our member Dave Bilmore, who has previously owned a simplex loco.
North Lindsey College
In mid-2018 the simplex loco was delivered to North Lindsey College in order to restore it to its former glory.
Engineering students will be working on the project as part of their course and be part of the project.
“It’s been a great opportunity for the society to work with North Lindsey College on such an important project; this particular locomotive was used on the moor as one of the workhorses.”
Emma Carter, (North Lindsey College Level 2 Engineering student, will be working on the project and said, “I am really excited about this and can’t wait to start taking it apart and putting it back together again. I will enjoy looking at the mechanisms and how they work and how they differ from today’s modern engineering techniques.”