Open day to boost long-running campaign to rebuild Doncaster locomotive

Cock O' The North in its first rebuilt form.
Cock O' The North in its first rebuilt form.

A long-running campaign to rebuild an iconic steam train in Doncaster set to stage an event later this month aimed at putting the scheme in the spotlight.

The Rail Heritage Open Day is being staged at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery by the Doncaster P2 Locomotive Trust which wants to recreate the town built Cock O’ The North.

The Trust is hoping to raise £6m illion to recreate the loco built at The Plant in Hexthorpe in the 1930s and later scrapped after it went out of use in the late 1950s.

A campaign to raise the cash has been running for more than ten years.

The mainframe of the loco has been constructed and is currently being housed in Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire. The trust hopes to raise enough money to have the loco built and in working order within the next 10 years.

Speakers at the event, which takes place between 11am and 3.30pm on November 28, will include Coun Bob Johnson, Doncaster tourism manager Colin Joy and trust lead engineer Malcolm Frost.