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499 APPEAL UPDATE APRIL 2014

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 achievement.
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 urieloco@hotmail.co.uk
Thank you so much for your continuing support.

 

 

 
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Nos. 506 was restored from Barry scrapyard condition between 1976 and 1987 and ran on the Mid-Hants Railway for fourteen years before being withdrawn in 2001. It is currently having a full overhaul with the intention to return it to steam in 2012. Nos. 499 is a long-term restoration project to bring her from Barry scrapyard condition to full working order. Much work has been done, on wheels and frames and a new appeal will be launched in 2010 to complete its restoration to run alongside 506. Please have a look around our web-site and bookmark it for future visits.
Urie S15 No. 498 at Eastleigh in official photographic grey livery in 1920. (Mr A Major)
No. 30506 was restored from Barry scrapyard condition at Ropley between 1976 and 1987 and was launched into traffic in Southern green as No. 506 in the October. 506 operated on the Mid-Hants Railway for fourteen years before being withdrawn in 2001 for another major overhaul. It is currently having this overhaul with the intention to return it to steam in 2014. No. 30499 is a long-term restoration project to bring her from Barry scrapyard condition to full working order. Much work has been done, on wheels and frames and a new appeal was launched in 2012 to raise the final funds to complete its restoration to run alongside 506. Please have a look around our web-site and bookmark it for future visits.