Leading lubricant producer Morris Lubricants has announced a new scheme to assist heritage railways, many of which are struggling financially after having to temporarily close their doors to visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new scheme from the Shropshire-based company aims to help heritage railway projects to recover once they can open up and welcome visitors again. Many of these are customers of Morris, which supplies bespoke lubricants for steam and other heritage vehicles, in addition to commercial vehicle oil to meet the demands of modern engines.
Morris Lubricants’ chief executive, Andrew Goddard, is himself a heritage enthusiast. He said that the company was eager to help the heritage and steam industry however possible during these difficult times for the sector. He added:
“Morris Lubricants has a long tradition of supporting heritage railways and providing top quality steam lubricants. We particularly want to reward the loyalty of our existing heritage railway customers and, hopefully, attract others to use our products.”
Andrew and his brother Edward, who runs sister company Morris Leisure, are direct descendants of J.K. Morris Senior, who founded the company in 1869. Their parents, Diana and David Goddard, share their passion for steam and even own a collection of steam and traction engines.
Heritage railways seeking support can make their case by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the board then reviewing all applications. Support may then be offered in the form of a package that could include free or discounted lubricants, promotional material, and direct financial assistance.