MP visits historic WWI train at park

Mark Simmonds MP during his visit last week.
Mark Simmonds MP during his visit last week.

The MP for Boston and Skegness was given the chance to travel back in time to learn how British soldiers fought in the First World War during a recent visit.

MP Mark Simmonds stopped by Skegness Water Leisure Park, Ingoldmells, last Friday, to view an unique and historic collection of trench railway equipment still in operation at the site, run by the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway and its associated Historic Vehicles Trust.

The trust invited Mr Simmonds to talk to him about the importance of remembering and honouring those who fought in the great wars and asked if the historic collection could play a role in the commemorations of the conflict to be held in 2014 – 2018.

John Chappell, for the railway, said: “We are hoping this visit will lead to us playing a full part in the events which will mark the centenary of the war and enable future generations to appreciate the significance of the sacrifices of the combatants, perhaps by working with schools in the region and sections of the community.”

Parts of the equipment on display were used in Lincolnshire to help agriculture develop and transport potatoes and supplies across land otherwise too marshy or soft for other transport

“When those farms replaced their railways with road transport in the late 50s, a group of enthusiasts rescued some of the equipment to build the railway. It now operates on the Skegness Water Leisure Park and among the significant items is the last surviving railway ambulance van – which was used to rescue injured soldiers,” added John.