The Ruston in the Blue Lagoon

The Ruston in the Blue Lagoon

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Eight commendations received in the first two weeks of release......see below. "Recommended" - Old Glory magazine, July 2021

The Ruston in the Blue Lagoon

A rattling yarn that will fascinate all nostalgia lovers, steam fans, engineers, and those interested in the Ruston heritage.

This story of a conservation miracle tells of the dogged determination of engineering historian Ray Hooley who rescued what is now the world’s oldest working excavator from a watery grave. The famous Steam Navvy no 306 was built by Ruston, Proctor & Co in Lincoln in 1909.

Thanks to Ray, a team of experienced engineers at the Vintage Excavator Trust, and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, this amazing piece of Edwardian history will work on post-pandemic at the Trust’s working weekends.

To get the Navvy this far, scores of other helpers, from sub-aqua divers to friendly businesses, engineering apprentices to Museum volunteers, have contributed across four decades.

The programme looks back to early engineering and uses old images and film to set No 306 in context.

The Lincoln Trams (second feature)

A thoroughly enjoyable documentary ride with the Lincoln trams which ran from their depot in Bracebridge to the City Centre and back between 1882 and 1929.

Utilising a private collection of images, and other compelling archive stills, Producer/Narrator Andrew Blow takes us from the horse-drawn days through to the overhead wire era and the eventual closure. The programme, set to period music, includes a tribute to the Bracebridge brothers who left images and tram memories. PRICE INCLUDES P & P

Commendations include the following:

Paul Smith, North Hykeham: “Thank you for all your good work. it brings such pleasure to us yellow bellies.”

Barrie Hall, Lincoln: "Excellent! First class! I’ve had it on four times already - and I’ll be playing it again tonight."

Peter Robinson, B Ed (Hons), President, Lincoln Engineering Society: “…. I was not disappointed. You saw the need to tell in film this human story of one man’s dream and the dedication with which he achieved it. The film succeeds on several levels; it tells the fascinating story of the rescue of this rare navvy from the depths of the flooded pit and the skills and hard work by which it was gloriously restored to its former operational condition to become the oldest working steam navvy. But more than this, it offers a historic insight into the early navvies that transformed post-industrial Britain, and the role Lincoln’s great engineering industries played in their manufacture.”

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