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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Today, we held our EMF Shareholders’ Special at West Somerset Railway. Thank you to those who attended with their guests. The weather was kind. Our thanks too to everyone at WSR for the support they gave us and to Martin, Scott, Terry and Bailey, our footplate crews. Congratulations to our raffle prize winners. We all had a terrific day. Will it be repeated in 2025 🤔?If you are interested in joining us to experience days like this or attend our AGM, which this year includes a visit to Tylseley Locomotive Works, please visit www.erlestokemanorfund.co.uk/want-to-help/shareholders/ ... See MoreSee Less
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In addition to the Tuesday working party this week, a group of volunteers worked at Tyseley on Friday and Saturday. Prior to being refitted, 7802, Bradley Manor’s trailing wheelset was painted as were the frames, brake hangers and sandboxes. The axlebox and springing components are also ready for fitting. Meanwhile, David Giddins continues painting the firebox top sheet and upper side sheets which take many coats prior to fitting and finishing. EMF Shareholders attending the AGM on Saturday 6th July will have the opportunity to see progress on 7802 and the new build tender. ... See MoreSee Less
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Mini Engineering News Update:With 7812 Erlestoke Manor now at the West Somerset Railway for the season, our Engineering volunteers are busy doubling down on reassembly tasks for 7802 Bradley Manor. Over the last few weeks, there has been considerable focus replacing the overhauled front coupled wheelset and refitting items to the recertified boiler ahead of the boiler being reunited with the locomotive.A few photos from Chris Field, Nick Willcox and Martin Creese, cover the following:1. Nigel and Paul modifying the ashpan spray arrangement2. Chris, Paul and Nigel busy with boiler backhead cladding refitting3. Dave undercoating boiler cladding4. Meanwhile at Minehead the base and sump for the new build 3,500 gallon tender takes shape as a contract job ... See MoreSee Less
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Eagle-eyed EMF shop team member Archie McDonald noticed that in the June Edition of Railway Modeller, Steve Reynolds describes his latest OO gauge creation. With regard to rolling stock, most is from previous layouts “though the coaches and some wagons were bought from the Erlestoke Manor Fund shop at Bewdley Station”. For the full article, see Railway Modeller. For similar coaches and wagons, see the EMF shop, open at weekends and galas. ... See MoreSee Less
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