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.
The Friends of 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.
The appeal needs to raise approximately £500,000 in order for Vera to have her well-deserved overhaul, to date we have raised £150,000 and still going!
All donations, no matter what amount, are greatly appreciated!