Project 62 - "62 Appeal" fund raising initiative for locomotives 30075 and 30076
Project 62 has launched a new fund raising initiative to raise funds for the restoration of their two United States Army Transportation Corps designed locomotives 30075 and 30076 which are now based at the North Dorset Railway Trust site at Shillingstone Station. We are asking you to assist us to initially return 30075 to the service condition that you see in the photo above right (seen as "guest" locomotive on the Churnet Valley Railway in 2010), when 30075 had an extremely successful operational period between 2004 and 2011 on a number of UK Heritage Railways. You can download an appeal form in PDF format here: "62 Appeal".
The "62 Appeal" will give recognition for donations from as little as £6.20 up to £6,200 with funds raised firstly being used to return 30075 to operational condition. Work is currently well underway dismantling this locomotive so the boiler can be removed and sent away for a full overhaul and attention to its firebox - see our OVERHAUL PAGE for monthly updates and photos. Whilst this is taking place, work will continue on the lower half of the locomotive and its running gear.
For donating as little as £6.20, the donors name will be placed on our Roll of Honour that is now live on Project 62s website. This sum would go towards a replacement firebox stay or a tin of paint towards the restoration work.
In addition to your name being placed on the 'Roll of Honour', a footplate ride will be on offer for a donation of £62 while the opportunity to take control of the regulator and drive 30075 under supervision will be on available for anyone donation donating £620. A donation of this amount would be used towards the specialist welding required for the firebox.
Finally, for a donation of £6,200 the donor would all the above plus receive 50 shares in Project 62. They would additionally have a full days driver experience on the footplate of 30075. This would include preparation of the locomotive and then driving and firing plus disposal at the end of the day. Names would also be placed on the Roll of Honour board for all the donation sums with the footplate activities being available once 30075 has successfully been returned to steam. They would be subject to health & safety requirements at the time of take up at the operating railway, this being for insurance purposes.
Project 62 has also been able to negotiate a match funding deal with a sponsor who is prepared to match pound for pound every donation made to the group up to a total of £30,000. Every pound donated to the Project 62 will therefore be doubled!
It is hoped that 30075 will be return to running condition during 2019. Work will then commence on Project 62s second locomotive 30076 which is currently on static display at Shillingstone following a cosmetic overhaul.
To donate to the "62 Appeal" fund please download a donation form (PDF format) from here - PROJECT 62 - "62 APPEAL".
Many thanks for your help and donation, however large or small. Remember whatever you can donate will be doubled by our match funding sponsor.
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Updated 22nd February 2020