The Train from Spain Appeal
  • 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

  • New Tender for Whillan Beck

    The Tender that came from Mataro with the Train from spain, to be named Whillan Beck, was sadly not fit for use on the R&ER, not only did it not hold water but the driving position was high up, leaving the driver looking over the cab and inhaling all the fumes. To bring it into line with the other Ratty locomotives it was decided to build a new tender which could incorporate items such as a belt driven compressor, air brakes, a hand brake and lockers for the radio, tools and for the drivers belongings. This will hopefully be completed over the next few months but this requires a lot of new parts to be bought or made. If you would like to see the list of components that are required please visit the tender component sponsorship page.

  • Name and Livery decision

    AND THE WINNER IS… The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society membership has voted on its preference for the new name and livery to be carried by its new locomotive – the Train From Spain. We can officially announce that the winning colour scheme is that resembling the blue of the former Caledonian Railway. This choice will give the Train From Spain an immediately unique identity, as none of the other engines in the railway’s main fleet carries a blue scheme. The membership voted to name the engine Whillan Beck, after the watercourse which passes under the railway line at the Dalegarth terminus in Eskdale. This name complements the ‘river’ theme in the names of three of the R&ER’s other steam locos – River Irt, River Esk and River Mite.   A breakdown of the votes will be published shortly