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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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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The EMF Spring Newsletter is at the printers and will be with our shareholders soon. It gives details of the EMF Special hauled by 7812 Erlestoke Manor at West Somerset Railway in June.If you are not an EMF member but you join before 31 May (donating £50 minimum in full, or starting monthly instalments in May), you will be eligible to attend the 2024 Shareholders event on Saturday, 22 June at WSR with a guest, at no further cost. All places are subject to availability but there should be room for everyone. You will also be invited to the AGM on Saturday 6 July and to see the work being undertaken on 7802 Bradley Manor at Tyseley Locomotive Works. Your membership also secures invites to further special events and a regular newsletter about the Fund.Our aim is to issue our 1000th shareholder certificate during 2025. Sadly over the years, we lose members who pass away or we are notified of those who move from addresses we have for them. For the Fund to have continued success, we need to increase our membership. Giving benefits back in this way is a win:win.The application form is on our website, www.erlestokemanorfund.co.uk/want-to-help/shareholders/ or contact Jane Preece, Membership Secretary on janewpreece@tiscali.co.uk or via EMF Facebook Messenger.If you are a shareholder, look out for the Newsletter, and please let friends and family know of this through sharing this post.7812 Photo Credit: Bob Green ... See MoreSee Less
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We have a new collection of N Gauge donated to Erlestoke Manor Fund, for which we are very grateful. They will sell quickly. Open today and weekends/galas during the SVR running season. ... See MoreSee Less
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