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.
  • About

    The Train from Spain appeal is about a new steam locomotive for the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, called Whillan Beck. The locomotive was brought from Spain, where it has had a chequered history from its build in 1929. Extensive works were carried out over two years to bring the locomotive into working order.

Latest news

  • Whillan Beck launch weekend

    A launch weekend for the Train from Spain will be held at the early May Bank holiday from Saturday 5 May to Monday 7 May. The Train from Spain will be named as ‘Whillan Beck’ at 12 noon on Saturday 5 May. There will be a train for invited guests at 1.10, then a public train at 3.10. In the evening it is planned to hold a photo-shoot around the engine shed. On Sunday 6 May, it is planned to run an early morning photographic charter with Whillan Beck and then for trains to be double-headed during the day. In the evening, a special train will be run to Dalegarth for an auction of Ratty memorabilia in aid of Whillan Beck fundraising. The auction will include one of the cast nameplates for Whillan Beck. We are inviting sealed bids for this unique item from members unable to attend the auction in person. Please send sealed bids to the Secretary (contact details on page 2) to arrive by Friday 4 May.    

  • Inaugural train

    The Train from Spain entered service on 17 March 2018. Donors to the project were invited to ride behind the locomotive on its inaugural trip. During a brief ceremony around the locomotive on Ravenglass turntable, Sam Dixon observed that the invited guests would be the first passengers to ride behind the locomotive in nearly 90 years. Despite flurries of snow, the locomotive performed admirably, achieving Dalegarth without fuss. The hardier supporters enjoyed listening to the crisp exhaust from the open carriages, whilst the more sensible retreated to the comfort of the closed saloons.