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Please help us raise a total of £185,000 of overhaul and restoration costs, to bring our flagship steam locomotive, 35005 'Canadian Pacific' back to life!

Sale of 34019 Bideford smokebox number plates

​For our Summer Steam Gala to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the end of Southern steam, we cosmetically altered 34007 Wadebridge to look like 34019 Bideford at the end of steam. 

34019 Bideford was one of the few steam locomotives to still be on the books of British Railways in the final months of steam in Southern England.  On 9th July 1967, the final day of steam in Southern England, the locomotive sat forlorn, without its nameplates in the engine shed of Nine Elms.  By the end of September 1967, 34019 was sadly lost forever and disposed of in a scrapyard in Newport, a fate shared with many other steam locomotives.

The stains and weathering have been cosmetically applied to give an idea of how steam locomotives invariably looked in the last years of steam.  The cosmetic appearance has been achieved without doing any damage to the locomotive.

Each day of the Gala (1st-2nd July and 7-9th July) a new smokebox number plate was attached to the engine. This means there are 5 smokebox number plates up for sale. 

All proceeds will go to the restoration of 35005 Canadian Pacific. 

​Number plates now on sale in Alresford Shop.

Total raised so far £

Target £

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Sponsor a stay

The HLF supported restoration of our railway’s flagship steam locomotive, 35005 Canadian Pacific to working order, is progressing swiftly. However, upon disassembly of the firebox, we have found that its condition is far worse than previous surveys suggested. We need to replace the inner firebox and 2200 stays - so we need your support. You can help us by sponsoring replacement stays for just £25 a stay. This comes with a number of benefits!

  • Sponsor 8 Stays and you will get a seat on the inaugural train when Canadian Pacific returns to service, currently planned for 2018.
  • Sponsor 40 Stays and you will get a 20 mile round trip footplate ride on Canadian Pacific when it returns to service, currently planned for 2018.

Please help us bring this incredible locomotive back to life.

Total raised so far £25,825

Target £55,000

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Make a donation

The Sponsor a stay appeal is one part of our target to raise £185,000 towards the £1.5 million CanPac restoration project. General donations can be made to the fund instead of sponsoring stays if preferred. All donations are welcome no matter how small they may seem to you.  Thank you to everyone who has already donated towards the project, we greatly appreciate your support.

Total raised so far £56,648

Target £185,000

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