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After some considerable trials and tribulations, Ruston No.31 – known as 189972 of 1931 to its builders, and Pluto to the team rebuilding it – has finally burst back into life.

Turning the handle showed a very healthy oil pressure, so the handle was turned a bit harder – and away is went.This was to the considerable relief of the Safety Department stood nearby, who have seen this sort of thing happen.

Project Pluto has been largely undertaken by the Apedale Apprentices, who are now vying within their number for who gets first drive. Too late lads, it’ll be after your bedtime.

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