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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171 Back On The Main Line

We thank everybody who donated to the Buy a Tube subsection of the 171 Appeal: thanks to your generosity, the tubes have now been purchased and have arrived at Whitehead. This is a big step towards getting the locomotive 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.

There is always the next thing requiring purchasing in an overhaul and further donations now will help ensure necessary items are readily to hand when the pandemic lifts enough to allow work to resume.

171 Spring Appeal

So, March being the start of spring, we launch our '171 Spring Appeal'. Specifically, the aim is to purchase the six new tender springs required for No.171's tender.

Whilst any donation to the Spring Appeal is gratefully accepted, we particularly point potential donors to the fact that, on average, each component of a spring (most of which are the leaves) costs £100 to manufacture. There are 66 components in total in 6 springs. Therefore £25 buys a quarter leaf, £50 buys half a leaf and £100 buys a whole leaf.

Can we get all 6 springs purchased before spring turns to summer? Over to you!

So please use the Donate buttons above (put "Spring Appeal" in the 'Add A Note' box) or download and return the Appeal form.

Download the 171 Appeal Donation Form