The coal we use has become quite a talking point recently, and rightly so. It is our fuel and with the demise of the UK coal industry the route by which our fuel reaches us is yet another example of how our resource supply channels have had to change to survive. LSR coal comes from “Russia with Love!” A very circuitous route too! A ship load of around 60,000 tonnes arrives periodically at Stranraer that is in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. From there 25 tonne bulk loads are distributed to a diverse range of clients. LSR among them. Only a mere 475 miles and hardly eco-friendly; but today there is no comparable alternative. When the engines were in their original locations a century ago the fuel supply was only ‘just down the road’ so to speak. Unfortunately today, that local supply chain has grown to one of many thousands of miles.
You may have seen Charlie’s photo postings of Lilian on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Suffice to say that Lilian’s makeover is almost complete, and the team await the first firing. She is beginning to look herself again, complete with new smokebox. Charlie has promised a full write up of the work undertaken here shortly for those who are more interested in the technical side of things. As for the next few weeks, before the main season is in full swing, the LSR will be openÂ on Sundays,Mondays and Tuesdays, it will give ‘The A Team’ time to give Lilian the final touches of her makeover.
Kay and Nigel have been delighted with the large number and wide range of visitors from far and wide during the recent half-term and bank holiday days of full operations with DOROTHEA and COVERTCOAT doing the honours.