The Train from Spain Appeal
  • Vote for name and livery

    Members of the R&ER Preservation Society are invited to vote for their choice of name and livery for the new locomotive.
  • Donate

    Donate online using paypal, set up a regular donation or find the address for postal donations. Consider adding gift aid with our gift aid declaration.
  • Sponsor a part

    We need plenty of new parts to get the Train from Spain operational. Sponsor a component to help get the locomotive back in service. There are a range of items including safety valves, firebars, the lubricator and brake valve.
  • Fundraising

    We have a target of £126,000 to fund the project. Find out about our fundraising activities, sponsorship and ways you could contribute.
  • About

    The Train from Spain appeal is about a new steam locomotive for the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. The locomotive is being brought from Spain, where it has had a chequered history from its build in 1929. Works are needed to bring the locomotive into working order.

Latest news

  • Workington Model Show

    The Workington model railway show is on again this November – 19th/20th. Members of the Train from Spain team will be going to show off the railway and pass on more information about the train from Spain. If you’d like to find out more information why not come and see us or if you’d like to get involved and help with the exhibition please contact Peter Mills on For more information about the show check out their website.  

  • 8457 History by Tom Whitbread

    Krauss No. 8457 – The ‘Train from Spain’ Maertens ‘Liliputloks’ A History By Tom Whitbread In 1925 Krauss of Munich, an Austro-German engineering company specialising in railway locomotives, produced the first of it’s class ‘K3/6’ engines.   These 15” gauge, 1/3rd scale 4-6-2 pacific locomotives were intended to operate on the miniature railways commonly found at the large, open air exhibitions then popular throughout Europe.  Ultimately, they were to become one of the most numerous classes of 15” gauge locomotive, with fifteen examples constructed between 1925 and 1950, as well as three similar locos constructed in 1937 by Krupp of Essen.  Indeed, among German enthusiasts they are known as ‘Maertens’sche Einheitsliliputlokomotive’ – ‘Maerten’s Standard Miniature Engines’ which reflects the ‘Einheitslokomotive’ – standard engines – built by the German State Railways between the first and second world wars. PHOTO:  Roland Maertens aboard one of his ‘K3’6’ class Pacifics. They were designed by Roland Maertens, Chief Engineer of Krauss’ Light Railways Division, and a close friend and confidant of Henry Greenly, designer of the R&ER’s ‘River Esk’ as well as the fine pacifics built for the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, in Kent.  These latter engines were based closely in their styling upon