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The 2874 Trust has been formed to ensure the restoration and then operation of the ex Great Western Railway 2-8-0 heavy freight locomotive number 2874. We are a registered charity (Number 1166258) and as such can obtain Gift Aid on donations which helps swell the coffers and speed up the restoration work 

The loco was built in 1918 to a Churchward design and remained in service until 1963. It has not run since but we aim to give it a new life working on Heritage Railways and giving pleasure to the thousands of passengers who each year enjoy the sight, sounds and smell of steam power.

We aim to ensure that all who assist in the restoration either physically or with other support gain both satisfaction and enjoyment from the experience.


Why not support us by becoming a member of the 2874 Trust?  Membership Form below.

We have supporters who have signed up to the “Give as You Earn” scheme.  This scheme is supported by many employers – donations to registered charities are made through salary and the Trust can receive an uplift to the donation from the taxman!  This is a very cost effective way of giving for anyone in the higher tax bands.  Employers who support this means of giving will provide the necessary form – the details of the recipient charity just need to be added – our details are:

The 2874 Trust Ltd

Charity Number 1166258    


Or you can donate through the BT MyDonate website by following the link on our Sponsorship and Fundraising page



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STEAM RAILWAY – December 7th

This months edition of the magazine features an article about the 2874 Trust and our dedication of the locomotive to those members of the Great Western Railway who gave their lives during two world wars

Pictured below are the plaques which will be mounted on the locomotive




Limited Edition Wagons

Limited Edition Wagon

Notice from David Holmes:


’S Healing & Sons Tewksbury ‘


Originally commissioned by Burnham  & District Model Railway Club to raise funds for ex GWR loco 3850

 I  have purchased  the remaining stock to raise monies for 2874 it was a run of 100 only and I will donate all profits to the 2874 Trust

 (These have been selling on E-bay at between £24.00 and £30.00 each )

 I am asking £25.00 ea. plus £3.50 P & P ( or more if you wish ) and by purchasing one you know you have helped 2874’s long return to operational condition ( and  by default 3850 )

 Please contact David Holmes by e-mail david4poetry@msn.com  or phone 01594 841548 to purchase your wagon I currently have only 20 left

 Thank You


Clothing Store

We now have an on-line clothing store – thanks to the supplier “Hot Off the Press” who have sponsored the site.

Follow the link  CLICK HERE

All profits from the clothing will go towards the eventual restoration of the loco

A Milestone for the 2874 Trust

On 20th December 2016 a major milestone for The 2874 Trust passed when we became the owners of this historic loco.
Now all we have to do is restore her to her former glory – as in these photos – on the left from 1954 approaching Stratford-on-Avon (photo by Brian England) and on the right sitting at Carmarthen shed in 1961 (photo courtesy of the RTCS photo archive)



Preparation and Appraisal

Before we can even contemplate the restoration of the loco we must undertake a full appraisal of the condition of all components and identify the bits that are missing!  This work is ongoing and some of the progress is shown below.

As you may be aware,  G J Churchward had as a centrepiece of his designs the interchangeability of components across his range of loco designs – this resulted in parts being fitted to  many different locos of varying types.  Our own 2874 was no different – the the loco history section you can see that our boiler was carried by numerous other classes and locos.

The practice, when locos came into the Swindon works for overhaul, of fitting the next “off the shelf” item continued into BR (W) days.  As a result of this system, the wheel set that 2874 has is not original – it is, fact, a later design that was fitted to the 2884 class from the 1930s onwards.  We wish to restore 2874 in as near original form as we can and so we have arranged that the loco will come to us with a Churchward design wheel set.


On 28th October the wheels were removed from the loco  – to make this possible, all the brake and suspension gear had to be removed which benefits us in that we will be able to survey all these parts and identify the work needed for restoration – and the frames will be much easier to check.  The image above shows a collection of the removed parts – these will now go into secure storage for cataloguing and appraisal.


The image above shows the loco suspended in mid-air and without its wheels – the one below shows the replacement (Churchward design) wheels ready to go under the suspended frames


The old pony truck – again being exchanges for one of the original type


And here we are late on Saturday 29th October with the wheel set in place


The boiler sits on the ground – this will need to be fully surveyed to establish the work needed to bring it back into steam









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