Following on from our last update, funds raised through the Appeal (including gift
aid) have risen to £25,000. IF the cracks in the inner firebox of boiler No. 451 (506's
original boiler) now prove repairable then this becomes a 'low cost' project and the Appeal will stand at possibly half of the total cost for this part of the restoration. For a small group restoring a workhorse of a loco, as opposed to a big 'namer', this is a huge
HOWEVER, half raised means we still have halfway to go! It is our hope
that the work can be contracted to the Mid Hants, so the sooner we know where we
are with total funding, the sooner we can begin to discuss the level of work to be done
and negotiate when it can start. If funds continue to come in beyond the level required
to repair the boiler it will enable us to outsource more mechanical work and really go
for that target of a return to steam before 2020.
So PLEASE, keep spreading the word
and encourage as many people as you can to sign up - don't forget, £8 a month gets a
seat on that very special commemorative train. If you do know of anyone interested in
donating to the Appeal, or maybe even signing up as a seat sponsor, please refer them
to this website www.urieloco.co.uk or they can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for your continuing support.