Our day-to-day maintenance and restoration is funded by income from the trains we run throughout the year. But we regularly need to undertake restoration projects of major historical significance. And this is where you can help.

Have a look at the projects here and, if you can, please consider helping us to fund them.

Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation to the Society's general fundraising, or to help us through this difficult Corona Virus period, then please click here.

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85 - Autumn Appeal: 'Oil' we need is your help!

Now its's the turn of No.85 "Merlin" for a mini-appeal.

The RPSI needs your help to raise £3,000 to fulfil the rare chance to purchase an authentic Wakefield cylinder lubricator for No.85.

The lubricator on the locomotive is actually a non-authentic "Silvertown" lubricator, fitted because the original "Wakefield" lubricator was missing at the time of restoration.

There are two mechanical lubricators on No.85. On the Fireman's side of the framing is the lubricator which feeds engine oil to the four driving axleboxes. On the Driver's side of the framing is the lubricator which feeds thicker, cylinder oil to the cylinders, valves and glands. Both lubricators are driven mechanically via a linkage to the motion of the engine.

 Please consider donating to this appeal so that we can secure this rare item. Your donation will help return an authentic component to the locomotive which will be clearly visible when the locomotive is in operation.

You can use the Donate buttons above. Simply put "85 Lubricator Appeal" in the 'Add A Note' box.

171 Back On The Main Line

We thank everybody who donated to the Buy a Tube the 171 Appeal in Sprin 2021. Thanks to your generosity, the tubes have now been purchased and have arrived at Whitehead. This is a big step towards getting No.171 "Slieve Gullion" back in steam, something which is only becoming more urgent as the clock continues to tick down the boiler life of No.85 (even though she is prevented from turning a wheel due to the pandemic). The pandemic itself constrains the time and finances available to work on No.171.

Download the 171 Appeal Donation Form

We are still taking donations as there is still a lot to do to get No.171 back in traffic. You can use the Donate buttons above (put "171 Appeal" in the 'Add A Note' box), or download and return the Appeal form.