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Over 20 people attended the maugural meeting of Corby and District Steam Preservation Society, held on Friday Evening October 10th at Corby Technical College. As many again expressed an interest in the club by writing letters of support.
The aim of the society is to collect and preserve disused steam machinery. Mr. Adam Belford of 41, Glynbourne Gardens, Corby, said: 'If we do not make an effort to preserve this machinery, then future generations will classify us with all the other unenlightened peoples of the past who omitted to preserve at least one of their artifacts for the interest of their descendants'.
A steering committee of ten was appointed to look into matters pertaining to finance, membership and constitution, to be reported at the proposed meeting in November.
Mr. Belford asked Stewart and Lloyds (one of Europes largest Steel making companies with huge works at Corby) if they would be willing to help them in lending equipment and providing the site for a museum, which the society hopes to set up.
Mr. A. J. Minney told the audience that already a steam shovel was being 'put-by' for them and they hoped to borrow more machinery later. 'We are not asking to be given this machinery', said Mr. Minney, 'But that it is loaned to us, until such a time as we can afford to pay for it'.
A spokesman for Stewart & Lloyds who attended the meeting was unable to make any official comment, but said that the matter would be put before the board of the firm.
Stewart and Lloyds did operate a big shed of Steam locomotives which ran for miles across the Northamptonshire countryside on the lines leading to the iron ore mines, but the majority have been scrapped over the past 12 months. A lot of track has been taken up, but where still required is now carrying diesel locomotives.
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