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Prestigious award for historic engine and its Keighley-based restoration team
6:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in Keighley
An historic steam engine and its Keighley-based restoration team received the ultimate accolade.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) gave the Webb Coal Tank No 1054 a prestigious Engineering Heritage Award.
The institution declared the 125-year-old locomotive an iconic feat of British engineering.
The honour puts the loco on a par with fellow award-holders the E-Type Jaguar, Tower Bridge and the Vulcan bomber.
Institution officials gathered at Ingrow Loco Museum on Saturday, alongside members of the Bahamas Locomotive Society, which looks after Coal Tank.
The award was presented by Professor Isobel Pollock, the immediate past present of the IME, to Steve Allsop, chief engineer at the Bahamas Locomotive Society.
The society’s volunteers carried out a major renovation in 2011, with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Mr Allsop said: “The recognition for what we’ve done with this engine is probably the most important thing that’s ever happened to us.”
Coal Tank 1054 was first introduced in 1888, and although it was one of 300 built in the late 1900s, it is now the only remaining engine of its type in the world.
The engine had been scheduled for scrapping in 1939, but the outbreak of the Second World War saw its reprieve.
After its eventual retirement, the locomotive was preserved by the National Trust at Penryhn Castle before being placed in the care of the Bahamas Locomotive Society.
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