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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 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).

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

November 2018

October/November 2018 Update

Bradley Manor’s 80th Birthday Celebration: Erlestoke Manor Fund members and friends enjoyed…

September 2018

September 2018 Update

Bernard Rainbow MBE – EMF President It was with deep sadness that…

August 2018

July 2018 Update

Overhaul and Maintenance Round-up The overhaul of 7812 Erlestoke Manor has progressed…

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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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After the success of the SVR Autumn Steam Gala and Tyseley Locomotive Works Open Weekend our fund shop at Bewdley is looking somewhat empty, especially with regards to models and railwayana.

We urgently need more stock so that we can continue to progress with the overhaul of 7812. If you have any items which you no longer require or have a collection you need to dispose off we'd be keen to hear from you.
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These have just been cast for our new/heavy rebuild Churchward tender project. They are almost the last parts needed to complete work on the frames - but what are they? With thanks to Stafford Rd Designs. ... 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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