The Big "Large Prairie" Appeal!

Returning 5164 to service.

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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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Charitable Status & Gift Aid

The EMF now has Charitable status and can also accept Gift Aid!

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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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Upcoming Events

2024 Running

7812 Erlestoke Manor will be resident and running on the Severn Valley Railway until the end of April, before visiting the Bluebell Railway’s Gala from 10th to 12th May.  Following this 7812 will visit the West Somerset Railway on hire until the end of October.  We will aim to publishing planned running dates on our Facebook and Twitter pages

Latest News

January 2024

New Year 2024 News Update

Welcome to our latest news update and we wish all supporters of…

November 2023

THE FIRST STAGE OF THE JOURNEY BY LARGE PRAIRIE 5164 BACK TO STEAM BEGINS IN NOVEMBER

PRESS RELEASE – issued on 18 October 2023 Back in 2021, Erlestoke…

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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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Shareholders

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

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Volunteer

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

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Donate

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

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SVR Spring Steam Gala Saturday. The Sales Coach will be open. 7812 is already on the tracks and the sun is shining.Photo credit - John Sherratt ... See MoreSee Less
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So we know the locomotive line up for the first day of the SVR Steam Spring Gala. The EMF Sales Coach line up is as follows - Jane and Paul on Thursday, David R on Friday, Rob on Saturday, with Ben joining Paul and Jane on Sunday. Some unusual railwayana, including wagon plates, has been donated. We have N Gauge in stock, but that is going quickly. Do come and say hello if you are out and about over the next four days. ... See MoreSee Less
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The EMF Shop is open this weekend, core hours 11 - 2pm. We have had a bit of a tidy up in readiness for the SVR Spring Steam Gala next week, when we will be open Thursday - Sunday inclusive. Meanwhile, there is a Working Party in Bridgnorth today completing some tasks on the tender before reattaching to 7812, also in readiness for the SVR Spring Gala. We hope to see many of you there. ... See MoreSee Less
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The EMF Shop is open again after an amazing day of sales yesterday. Thank you to all our customers and those donating stock. If you are visiting Bridgnorth for Open House, you can get up close and personal with 7812 or examine its tender, with new spring hanger brackets, before the wheels are refitted tomorrow. Don’t touch - the paint is wet! ... See MoreSee Less
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