Huge restoration for unique train

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A UNIQUE electric train which ran in Scarborough more than 80 years ago is undergoing a huge restoration.

Work on the rare autocar - which was the world’s first electric train - has starting thanks to a £465,000 lottery grant.

The 3170 carriage, built by North Eastern Railway in York in 1903, ran between Scarborough and Filey but was turned into a holiday home and found in a field near Kirkbymoorside by a rail enthusiast.

It was powered by a hybrid petrol electric engine, rather than steam.

Volunteer Simon Gott said: “It is unique and very significant.

“When complete, there will be nothing else like it.

“It is the great-grandfather of modern passenger trains and could be more significant than the Flying Scotsman restoration.”

Only two autocars were made and both were withdrawn in 1930.