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Going loco over plans to rebuild historic Doncaster engine Cock O’ The North

The Cock O' The North Doncaster P2 Locomotive Trust held a open day at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.
The Cock O' The North Doncaster P2 Locomotive Trust held a open day at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.

The campaign to rebuild an iconic locomotive in Doncaster gathered steam when railway enthusiasts from around the country got together to hear about the project.

The Rail Heritage Open Day attracted scores of visitors to Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday, as visitors met members of the Doncaster P2 Locomotive Trust and learned more about their plans to recreate the town-built Cock O’ The North.

Cock O' The North.

Cock O' The North.

The trust is hoping to raise £6 million to rebuild the loco, which was constructed at The Plant in Hexthorpe in the 1930s and later scrapped after it went out of use in the late 1950s.

Speakers at the event, included former Doncaster councillor Bob Johnson, Doncaster tourism manager Colin Joy and trust lead engineer Malcolm Frost.

A spokesman for the trust said: “It is a beautiful engine and we are well on with the project but we need the public’s support to turn the dream into a reality.” 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.

The Cock O' The North Doncaster P2 Locomotive Trust held a open day at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. Pictured is speaker Malcolm Frost, trust lead engineer.

The Cock O' The North Doncaster P2 Locomotive Trust held a open day at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. Pictured is speaker Malcolm Frost, trust lead engineer.

Visit www.cockothenorth.co.uk to find out more.