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Keeping our locomotives in fine fettle requires lots of things: people, money, goods, equipment and so on. Why not see if there's something you can do to help? You'll be surprised how diverse our needs are!

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Who are we?

There are many volunteers who give up their time freely to ensure our two locomotives continue to run who come from all walks of life. 

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Erlestoke Manor Fund

Welcome to our website. Here you can find out all about our two locomotives Erlestoke Manor and Bradley Manor, who both reside at the Severn Valley Railway.

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Challenge 2017

Fancy a new challenge? Got some time you'd like to give to help keep two locomotives in great working order? You have? Then please consider joining us here at the Erlestoke Manor Fund

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Upcoming Events


Fantastic news from the Erlestoke Manor Fund. Please see news article below. Photo courtesy of Paul Pearson.

Our Bewdley shop to reopen for SVR Spring Gala

Unfortunately due to the ill health of Dave, our shop man, the shop will be closed until the SVR Spring Gala weekend

To discover when our Erlestoke Manor Fund locomotives are running please check the Severn Valley Railway website for a timetable nearer the time.

Latest News

March 2017

New Tender Update – March 8th

New 3500 gallon tender progress Volunteers from EMF maintenance gang have been…

March 2017

7812 at SVR Spring Gala!

Due to ongoing maintenance work on 1501, it will not be ready…

February 2017


Unfortunately , due to the ill health of our key person Dave,…

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Welcome to the Erlestoke Manor Fund

Video credit to Steaming Around Yorkshire

Formed in 1973 EMF was successful in the rescue through fund raising and purchase of firstly Erlestoke Manor and later Bradley Manor from Woodham’s scrap yard in Barry, South Wales. Having been cast aside by British Railways as surplus and outmoded at the end of 1965, 7812 was rescued in 1974 and 7802 in 1979.

Once saved the fund’s attention focussed on returning 7812 to working order an aim which was achieved in 1979. Initially purchased solely for spare parts the fund was encouraged to restore 7802 to working order a practical and financial feat which was achieved in 1993. Since then both locomotives have proved their usefulness in regular heritage railway service.

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By becoming a shareholder you can help us raise essential funds. And in return you can get extra special benefits.

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Help with a wide variety of tasks, from cleaning, painting or engineering to marketing, sales and finance.



Any donations in cash, or goods that we can sell in our Bewdley shop, are always welcome.

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Back when 7802 could run on the main line.
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Older followers of all things GW loco will recognise the recent reinstatement of the "goal posts" on the front of 7812's tender. In the early to mid 1960's these were common having been added as a warning for firemen working under then newly electrified lines. We have put them back on so that 7812 is in close to 1965 condition for its last year in traffic. ... See MoreSee Less

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December 2016

Erlestoke Manor’s Overhaul – 2018 – 2019

How time flies………… Erlestoke is now in its final year of operation…

October 2016

Bradley Manor Tender

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