Hello and welcome to the Loco Restoration funding page, part of Gogetfunding. We're Holly Reah and Joshua Marsh and we trying to raise funds to restore an old locomotive to working order, without funding this project will very quickly loose steam and fall by the railside. With your donations we will move the locomotive from its current position, as the land owners are getting fed up of it where it is, move it into secure storage and allow for full restoration to commence. Please donate what you can to help this project get a good head of steam and return to track!
If you have any queries or questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected]
Joshua Marsh and Holly Reah
Sadly much of the history of this locomotive is unknown and we hope to uncover it during restoration and keep you updated! She is a Wingrove and Rogers WR5 class and was built to work on narrow gauge railways in industrial areas. She weighs 1.5 tons when fully operational and the drivers platform is hinged so it can be lowered down narrow mine shafts. We know that in the late 50s she arrived in Weardale, a second hand purchase for Cambokeel's Mine. You can find a photo of this locomotive at work in 1959 online.
She was withdrawn in 1992 just before the mine closed, and sat derelict in the fitters shed until 2004 when she was taken to Broadwood Quarry and sat outside, slowly deteriorating as parts were stolen and left exposed to the elements. We rescued her in May 2014 and hope that with your help we can get her running again.
We are tremendously passionate about this locomotive and consider it an integral part of Dales industrial, and social, history and now an extended part of the family. We feel it is correct to name the locomotive in honour of Josh's Great Grandmother who turned 100 in april 2014!
Breakdown of the funding
Storage and Recovery: 300 - to safely and securely store the locomotive for restoration
£500 for new battery box
£150 for the new axle boxes.
£1000 for the correct batteries (48 volt traction batteries consisting of 2 volt cells)
£250 for the locomotive to be correctly repainted
£400 for new wiring and lights, and miscelaneous expenses, including the repair of the controller.
Any remainder will go towards maintenance and to cover her next overhaul!
Josh and Holly