Jimmy Cricket’s loco is back on track

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 September 2016

Former Axminster Mayor John Jeffery takes restored  diesel loco Jimmy for a spin

Former Axminster Mayor John Jeffery takes restored diesel loco Jimmy for a spin

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‘Jimmy’, built in 1986 and officially named by renowned comedian Jimmy Cricket, had travelled many thousands of miles over the years.

Pecorama’s aging diesel locomotive is now back in service following a major overhaul.

‘Jimmy’, built in 1986 and officially named by renowned comedian Jimmy Cricket, had travelled many thousands of miles over the years.

But after 2015’s unveiling of the latest addition to the Beer Heights Light Railway, the LPG locomotive ‘Ben’, Jimmy’s engine failed.

Luckily, a well-wisher and enthusiast donated a replacement engine and over nine months former Axminster Mayor John Jeffery lent his engineering skills to restore the loco, helped by chief mechanical engineer John Macdougall and his deputy Callum Darraugh.

Now, for the first time in the railway’s 40-year history, two internal combustion locomotives will operate alongside the six steam locomotives.

The entire fleet will operate during PECO Loco Week, which runs until Monday, August 29, along with guest locomotives.

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