The 2874 Trust was formed to conduct the restoration and operation of an original steam locomotive. Its aim is to give it a new life working on Heritage Railways, and give pleasure to the thousands of passengers who each year enjoy the sight, sounds and smell of steam power.
The charity provides training to volunteers, both in basic heritage skills and through first-hand experience on the restoration of the locomotive itself. The majority of training is delivered by experienced tradesmen who hope to inspire a new generation of volunteers to get involved.
The 2874 Trust are staging an ‘Introduction to Heritage Engineering’ Skills Day at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. In order to facilitate the training, the charity needs to source significant items of both specialist equipment and raw materials. The £1,000 donation from Ecclesiastical will allow the timely acquisition of the gunmetal castings that will be machined (by volunteers) for the windows of the locomotive cab that is currently under construction, and will be used in the Skills Day display. There will be opportunities to get up close to the fleet of working steam and heritage diesel locomotives, as well those that are in the process of a heavy overhaul or restoration.