2874 COMMEMORATES FALLEN GWR EM­PLOY­EES

Cen­te­nar­ian en­gine ded­i­cated to those who died in both world wars.

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918-built ‘28XX’ No. 2874 is to be ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of Great Western Rail­way em­ploy­ees who died in the First and Se­cond World Wars.

The Church­ward 2-8-0, which is owned by the 2874 Trust and is in the early stages of restora­tion from Barry con­di­tion at the Glouces­ter­shire War­wick­shire Steam Rail­way, will carry a plaque read­ing ‘19141918, 1939-1945, Ded­i­cated to the

Men & Women of the

Great Western Rail­way who gave their lives in de­fence of our Coun­try dur­ing two World Wars’.

Trust Sec­re­tary David Fos­ter said: “Many no­table events have been tak­ing place through­out 2018 to com­mem­o­rate the Ar­mistice. Our lo­co­mo­tive came out of the GWR’s Swin­don Works right at the end of the con­flict, but played a full part through­out the Se­cond World War. The 2874 Trust de­cided that a last­ing trib­ute would be ap­pro­pri­ate to the men and women of the GWR who gave their lives dur­ing the two wars and have com­mis­sioned a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque to be per­ma­nently dis­played on the lo­co­mo­tive once restora­tion is com­plete.” Asked where on the en­gine the plaque would be fit­ted, he said: “Ini­tially, it will be on the cab­side as we will be con­struct­ing that sooner to use as a show­piece at events. In the long term, we will see where will be the best spot for vis­i­bil­ity and ef­fect.”

The trust has drawn up a new agree­ment with Din­more Manor Lo­co­mo­tive Ltd, which owned the en­gine un­til own­er­ship was trans­ferred to the trust in De­cem­ber 2016. Writ­ing in the lat­est is­sue of the GWSR’s house mag­a­zine The Cor­nish­man, trust mem­ber Les­lie Sand­ham ex­plains: “To en­sure that No. 2874 is re­stored and has a sound fu­ture work­ing on her­itage rail­ways, DMLL will pro­vide much of the fund­ing re­quired from the rev­enue earn­ings of their two lo­co­mo­tives [No. 7820 Din­more Manor, which is op­er­a­tional, and ‘2884’ No. 3850, which is un­der over­haul].

“Once re­stored, No. 2874 will be op­er­ated by DMLL in con­junc­tion with their lo­co­mo­tives, util­is­ing the earn­ings to fund their own over­hauls. At the end of its boiler ticket, No. 2874 will be re­turned to us ‘in need of over­haul’ but in much bet­ter con­di­tion than it now is.

“This is very sig­nif­i­cant progress but must be re­garded as only part of the so­lu­tion; of equal im­por­tance are the funds which we must raise our­selves through mem­ber­ship of the trust and other ac­tiv­i­ties.”

The group achieved its aim of re­cruit­ing over 100 mem­bers by the en­gine’s cen­te­nary month, with 121

mem­bers signed up by Novem­ber.

G.H. HUNT/COLOUR RAIL 2874 TRUST

‘28XX’ No. 2874 hauls a goods train through Lud­low on May 15 1956. Plaque in­set.

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