It’s plain loco…using 1940s tools to restore vintage steam engines!

Catherine Roth discovers a unique Derbyshire business that puts old steam trains back on track.

A COMPANY based in Cromford is putting old steam engines right back on track. Israel Newton and Sons Ltd is an engineering firm specialising in repairs to heritage steam engines, dating from around 1850, as well as designing and manufacturing new steam boilers. Israel Newton services and overhauls steam engines from all over the country – including the local Ecclesbourne Valley Railway and the narrow gauge Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways – and even from abroad, as an engine from France is currently in the workshop…

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