Would you like to help?

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 2018

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

Bradley Manor with 3500 gallon tender.

Bradley Manor will be in regular service on the SVR running with 3,500 gallon tender (T2334).

“Obbo” Trip – Wednesday 09 May

A morning or afternoon full return trip from Kidderminster with refreshments served in the luxurious Observation Saloon during the journey.

Saturday 09 June – Return Evening Charter

This day coincides with Queen Elizabeth’s Official Birthday, as she reaches 92. Come and join the event, appropriately dressed if you fancy.

Sunday 10 June – Kidderminster Footplate Rides

Footplate Rides from Kidderminster (limited numbers and restricted to members and spouse/partners). Short return trips to the carriage sheds or, possibly, to Bewdley, depending on SVR schedules and interest shown.

Tuesday 18 September – Charter Day

Charter Day with two full return trips from Kidderminster, in the morning and afternoon.

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 2018

February – March Update

Overhaul and Maintenance Round-up Work has been continuing behind the scene throughout…

February 2018

January 2018 Update

And so it begins! Well here we are already into February and…

October 2017

EMF Special Charter Footplate Experience

A couple of months ago Anthony wrote a blog article for us…

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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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The weather having caused chaos over the last couple of weeks and some damage to our tent, however we didn't let this slow us down and work continued on the overhaul of 7812. Little over three months since the last fire was disposed and the boilers now out the frames and onto TLWs boiler wagon awaiting the inspection from the boiler inspector. ... See MoreSee Less

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October 2017

EMF Special Charter Footplate Experience

A couple of months ago Anthony wrote a blog article for us…

August 2017

Erlestoke Manor Footplate Experience

Earlier this year Anthony Endsor attended one of the SVR's Footplate Experience's.…

December 2016

Erlestoke Manor’s Overhaul – 2018 – 2019

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

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