Great Western Railway ‘Large Prairie’ 2-6-2T Locomotive 5164

The Erlestoke Manor Fund is delighted to announce that it is in discussion with the 5164 Preservation Group and the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) regarding the future of Great Western ‘Large Prairie’ 2-6-2T locomotive 5164.

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The SVR needs your help!

The SVR is fighting for its survival, and we need to ensure the SVR can stay afloat in the weeks and months to come, so that when the restrictions are lifted, we’ll be able to re-emerge as one of the country’s leading heritage railways.

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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

EMF Event Plans

Due to the current and ongoing situation with the pandemic, there can be no formal planning of EMF events for the foreseeable future. Please watch the website for further updates. Events will return!

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

February 2021

February 2021 Update

Welcome to our February news round up and we hope that all…

January 2021

Two Firsts for Erlestoke Manor Fund

There is welcome new ground for Erlestoke Manor Fund with the arrival…

January 2021

January 2021 Update

Welcome to our January news update and the EMF wishes all our…

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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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***EMF Bewdley Station Sales Coach Reopening***With the reopening of the Severn Valley Railway and Bewdley Station site from Thursday 15th April , we are delighted that we are able to fully reopen our EMF Sales Coach! So if you are after your fix of books, railwayana, DVD or model railway items, then we look forwards to seeing you. All proceeds raised go towards the repairs and upkeep of 7812 Erlestoke Manor and 7802 Bradley Manor, such as contributing towards this fantastic looking pair of new piston heads and rods at Tyseley Locomotive Works as part of the current overhaul of 7812.We have covid-safe arrangements in place inside the coach and payment by card is available.During the Spring Steam Up event from April 15th to 18th, opening hours will be Saturdays from 11.00am until at least 3.30pm. Thereafter, normal opening hours will be Saturdays from 11.00am until at least 3.30pm. It is also hoped to open on Sundays, but please message our page to confirm Sunday opening before making a special journey.We look forward to welcoming back new and familiar faces alike! ... See MoreSee Less

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We're pleased to share the exciting news from Accurascale UK today and their latest model launch, a brand new Manor model in 4mm scale.The EMF have assisted Accurascale UK in their project and we are pleased to see the early engineering samples of this forthcoming release.Watch this space for further news from ourselves as we've got some exciting plans in the pipeline. ... 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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