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. The loco was built in 1918 to a Churchward design and remained in service until 1963.

We will be using our restoration project to provide training in heritage engineering skills for those new to the sector and development opportunities for the more experienced volunteer - in this way we will help ensure the expertise to restore, maintain and operate historic steam locos is secured so that future generations can enjoy some of Britain's industrial heritage.

The loco has stood idle for over 50 years but we aim to give it a new life working on Heritage Railways and so give pleasure to the thousands of passengers who each year enjoy the sight, sounds and smell of steam power.

Our aim is to ensure that everyone who assists in the restoration either physically or with other support gains both satisfaction and enjoyment from the experience, we hope you enjoy learning something about heritage engineering and our loco from this website..

Click here to read background information on the volunteer Trustees and our President

Latest News

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06 March 2021

Our restoration page is an ongoing pictorial record of the restoration of locomotive 2874 and shows the progress made through each year of its ownership by The 2874 Trust. We have recently updated...

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28 January 2021

There has been significant progress towards our challenge of walking, cycling, jogging or running a total of 2,874 miles to keep fit and to raise funds for the restoration project. 

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28 January 2021

We produce and send a newsletter to members every few months to keep them updated - keep reading to see extracts from the January 2021 newsletter.

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