The Avon Valley Railway Heritage Trust is the registered charity (number 1088545) with overall responsibility for the running of the railway. Its primary aim is to ‘restore, preserve and operate railway locomotives, carriages, wagons and other artefacts of historic interest’.
As a charity we rely on income received by our visitors to the railway, whether through purchasing a ticket to travel on our trains, a cup of tea or meal in our station Buffet or a souvenir from our gift shop. However, the Heritage Trust also manages several appeals for the restoration of locomotives and carriages as well as our longer-term ambition to increase the length of line towards Bath. Without such generous support we would not be able to complete the work we so desperately need to do to bring some of our steam engines back to life and into daily service on our railway.
150th Anniversary Celebrations
August 2019 sees the railway celebrate our 150th anniversary and we’re looking to stage an event to mark this milestone. Donations will help cover the cost of this event including fuel costs (coal and diesel) transport costs of visiting locomotives and improvements to the site to make it look its best.
Avonside restoration fund
Locomotive No. 1798 was originally ordered to help the war effort, but was subsequently sold to the Imperial Smelting Works at Avonmouth, where it spent its entire working life before finally retiring in 1972 and becoming an integral part of the Avon Valley Railway. All funds donated will be used for the overhaul, restoration and maintenance of this member of our fleet.
Littleton No 5
This unique locomotive once worked at Littleton Colliery, which was the last colliery to close in the Cannock Chase area. Littleton No 5 initially went to Foxfield Railway before spending some time at the Great Central Railway. Littleton No. 5 needs a major overhaul in order to see it’s 100th birthday in 2022 in steam. All funds donated will be used for the overhaul, restoration and maintenance of Littleton No 5.
Motive Power Fund
This fund is for the maintenance and overhaul of the Avon Valley Railway Heritage Trusts locomotives and powered vehicles. All funds donated will be used to overhaul and maintain all members of the AVRHT powered fleet. As of 2019 this includes 1798, Littleton No 5, RSH 7151 and Barclay 358 but may expand in the future with future acquisitions.
Railway Development Fund
Railway Development Fund – The Railway Development Fund (RDF) has been established to collect funds which will enable the railway to purchase materials, equipment and other associated items required to aid the development of the railway with regards to Track, Locomotives & Rolling Stock and Infrastructure.
RSH7151 restoration fund
The RSH has been a stalwart of the Avon Valley Railway over the past 10 years, and now it’s time has come for overhaul. These are very costly, and all funds donated towards the RSH 7151 will be used for the overhaul, restoration and maintenance of this member of our home fleet.
The railway plans to install a signalling system to enable it to better operate its services. Any donations to this fund shall be used for all aspects required for the installation of signalling. This could cover; purchasing of signals, lever frames, signalling expertise and more.