Steam train fan chuffed to say: ‘I love Lucie!’

Paul Middleton, who works on the North York Moors Railway, and his locomotive Lucie.
Paul Middleton, who works on the North York Moors Railway, and his locomotive Lucie.

For the past 21 years, Paul Middleton, affectionately known as Piglet to his colleagues, has worked at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

During this time Paul has developed a huge passion for steam engines, one which has driven him and his family to recently

purchasing their own locomotive, Lucie - one of the smallest in Britain!

Having worked in the rail industry for over two decades, Paul’s knowledge of heritage locomotives is up there with the very best and he’ll be using it to undertake some restoration work on Lucie, along with his co-owner and brother, Daniel, an NYMR employee of nine years.

Together, along with the help of some NYMR volunteers, they hope to have Lucie back to her best within two years, where she too can begin working on the iconic railway line.

Lucie was previously at the Middleton Railway, where Paul, at the time, was looking at another locomotive when he came across her. He began having a joke with the team there about how he’d love to buy her and received a phone call a month later to say she was his.

Paul Middleton, the railway’s traction and rolling stock manager, said: “When the chance came along to own my own engine, it was an opportunity too good to miss.”