The East Lancashire Railway has launched a fresh appeal to raise funds to buy No. 34092 "City of Wells", which has been a regular at the ELR for the last few years and now up for sale.
Since her arrival at the East Lancashire Railway in July 2015, following a comprehensive overhaul, "Wells" has been a strong stalwart of their locomotive line-up. The locomotive has been such a mainstay that the railway are hoping they can offer her a permanent home on the ELR.
The Railway has launched their "A Home for Wells" appeal to raise £340,920 towards the costs of purchasing 34092, enabling them to offer "Wells" a home at the railway. The ELR is calling upon the help of their ELR family, volunteers and visitors alike, to support this cause.
“City of Wells” was built in 1949 at Brighton Works and spent its early life hauling express passenger trains on the Southern Region of British Railway, even working the “Golden Arrow” luxury boat train from London to Dover. This West Country Class was withdrawn from service in November 1964 and sent to Woodham Brothers Scrapyard in Barry Island, where it remained for seven years until it was purchased by its current owners, Richard Greenwood, Graham Bentley and John Adams, in 1971 and brought to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Since then, the loco, which returned to service in 1979, has worked all over the country on special charters and, following the completion of its 25 year restoration in 2014, has been a popular visiting engine at the East Lancashire Railway.
For more information on how you can help this cause, visit the ELR's donation page here.
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