A fundraising appeal to carry out maintenance and repair work on a historic steam locomotive has made further progress.

A Just Giving page, which was set up to provide a boiler and carry out mechanical repairs for the Synolda locomotive at the Ravenglass Railway Museum has reached 85 per cent of its target.

The museum hopes the repair work will allow the 1912- built Synolda, which was returned to steam in 1980, can continue to run for decades to come.

Over £8,500 has been raised so far - 15 per cent off the target of £10,000.

The Synolda was built for the private estate of Sir Robert Walker at Sand Hutton, York, and it was named after Sir Robert's wife.

The first of three 15 inch gauge Class 30. locomotives built by Bassett-Lowke Ltd, the Synolda could carry over 8 tons and travel at 30mph.

You can donate and find out more about the restoration work at www.justgiving.com/campaign/ravenglasssynoldaappeal.