Shrewsbury-based Morris Lubricants has worked closely with steam heritage workshops during its 150-year history and has great experience in formulating lubricants specifically for the sector.
The Morris Lubricants Heritage Railway Support Scheme, launched in April, aims to reward customer loyalty and support heritage and steam railways through these difficult times.
Andrew Goddard, executive chairman of Morris Lubricants, said that, as dedicated enthusiasts and supporters of the heritage and steam industry, the company was keen to support railways.
“We understand that it’s a difficult time for heritage railways in this pandemic and wanted to support them in any way we could,” he explained.
“Morris Lubricants has a long tradition of supplying these railways with our top-quality steam lubricants. We particularly wanted to reward the loyalty of our existing heritage railway customers and I am pleased to report that the support scheme has attracted others to use our products.”
Railways were invited to apply to the scheme explaining why they needed support and how Morris Lubricants could help. The response was excellent, and the company has agreed support packages that include discounted or free lubricants and promotional material.
Steaming into the future
One of those to receive support is The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), an award-winning charitable trust that carries 300,000 passengers annually from Pickering to Whitby.
Chris Price, NYMR’s general manager, said; “We have managed to reduce the cost of running the railway, but there is still a cost to maintain a heritage attraction such as ours. The next few months are undeniably going to be a challenge for us.
“An engine requires £20 of oil each day to operate and The Morris Lubricants Railway Support Scheme will be a great help reducing our running costs and help us to keep steaming into the future.
“The public support we have had during lockdown has been overwhelming. Thanks to local companies, the railway sector and the general public who have rallied together and demonstrated their support over the past three months, I am optimistic about the railway’s future.”
Keiron Thorogood, Morris Lubricants’ rail and heritage account manager, said the company’s support scheme had been particularly well received by railways across the UK. “We wanted to help the railways get back on their feet and support them going forward,” he added.
Andrew, his brother Edward, managing director of sister company, Morris Leisure, and their parents, David and Diana Goddard, are avid steam enthusiasts, owning traction engines and steam vehicles, including a 1931 Sentinel Steam Waggon.
Morris Lubricants has developed a range of bespoke products to keep steam and heritage vehicles fully operational, from small-scale steam engines, road locomotives and steam wagons to ploughing engines, diesel and steam locomotives and rolling stock.
Contemporary products have been specially formulated to meet and exceed the requirements of present-day operating conditions and ensure outstanding resistance to rust, corrosion, wear and oxidation.