We'll Steam Again - The Fight For Vera appeal
The locomotive at the centre of this appeal is No 3672 "Dame Vera Lynn", Built in 1944 by the North British Locomotive Works in Glasgow, there were 150 of these extremely powerful freight locomotives ordered for the war effort. Once completed "Dame Vera Lynn" was shipped to Egypt and worked there following D-Day. This Austerity class of locomotive were not built to last more than a few years in traffic, they were of a cheap and simple design due to material shortages during the war. We count ourselves lucky to still have her with us today, so we can tell her story to future generations.
"Dame Vera Lynn" entered traffic on the railway in 1989 and over the next 10 years worked very hard. Aside from the exceptional feat of accumulating in excess of 100,000 miles during her ten years in traffic, she also delighted the staff and tens of thousands of passengers along the way. "Dame Vera Lynn" proved on countless occasions, what a strong, reliable and popular performer she was, a real stalwart of the 1990s. As is the case with all steam locomotives, boiler tickets come to an end and overhauls are due. This came around in "Dame Vera Lynn's" case in 1998 and sadly 15 years later the overhaul has still yet to commence.
The Fight for Vera Fund is an appeal with the aim of getting the railways very own Wartime steam locomotive back in traffic, so the railway and its passengers can enjoy the sight and sound of a genuine wartime locomotive hard at work again.
How Are We Doing?
Your donations will help us raise the funds needed to support the overhaul. The more we raise, the closer we can get to having "Our Vera" back on the rails working trains once again!