The Train from Spain Appeal

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  • Name the Train From Spain!

    http://trainfromspain.org/name-and-livery/ Follow this link to the page on our website where you can suggest a name for the Train From Spain! We are actively encouraging the public to send ideas for a name and a livery for the Train From Spain for when it is running on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. So get your imagination running wild and make your contribution today! Your idea for a new name or colour scheme could be the one given to No.8457 in time for its commissioning on the railway… Terms and conditions are set out on the downloadable forms. Go on, take a look, and support the Train From Spain!

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  • Volunteering for the Train From Spain.

    Train From Spain Appeal thanks those volunteers giving time to promote this magnificent project over this Easter weekend. If you’re visiting the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, be sure to look out for us… and the chassis and tender! We are inviting anyone with an interest to join our fundraising team and help out with future activities and events. Could one of the following interest you? – PROMOTIONAL DISPLAYS We are looking to create ‘pop ups’ for event stalls, put up a small pictorial display at Ravenglass station for this 2016 season, and create a more impressive exhibition for Dalegarth in 2017. Do you write, design or print? – LEAFLET DISTRIBUTION We have a good stock of appeal leaflets which we would like to spread far and wide to attract support to our cause. Have you an outlet which could help? Or do you know somewhere, and could you take some leaflets for us? – EVENT ASSISTANTS Our events planner is putting together a programme for the year, which could include the Whitehaven Festival and model railway shows. Would you like to help at the stand, promoting our special project to the general public? – STOCKING THE EBAY SHOP One of

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  • Train From Spain Trialled at Ravenglass!

    The chassis and tender of the Train From Spain (Krauss locomotive No.8457) have been brought to and trialled at Ravenglass for the very first time. On 25th February a low-loader moved these components from Old Hall Farm to the La’al Ratty, where the engineering workshop crane then unloaded them on to the tracks. The boiler remained at Old Hall. On 1st March, exactly one month after the Train From Spain arrived at Old Hall (the restoration centre for the project), trials begin to determine the viability of tyre profiles on the wheels (which are not in keeping with the Ratty standard). The components were towed around the station and yard complex by Society diesel Douglas Ferreira and found to move safely through points and around tight curves, but work will be required to re-profile the locomotive’s wheels before it can enter service. For the tender it is likely that completely new bogies will be needed, though the General Manager has agreed that all the wheels are safe enough to continue in testing mode as required. With trials around the station completed, the chassis and tender were then towed to Miteside, nearly two miles up the R&ER main line, to test the

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  • Train From Spain Arrives in Lakeland!

      The Train From Spain has landed at Old Hall Farm, Bouth, South Cumbria, after an epic thousand-mile journey from Spain. The delivery took place today, 1st February 2016, at around midday, and was attended by members of the Train From Spain Appeal team. The Train From Spain Appeal was also featured on BBC Radio Cumbria this evening, and you will find audio clips at the following intervals upon clicking the link: 00m00s – 00m20s 02m35s – 03m10s 21m30s – 25m45s   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03g3y6l Don’t forget our Open Day, Saturday 6th February at Old Hall Farm, where you are welcome to come and see the engine for yourself (10am-2pm).

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  • Train From Spain Exclusive Viewing Day on 6th Feb (10am-2pm)!

    An exciting and pivotal moment will come for the Train From Spain on Monday 1st February when it will be delivered to Old Hall Farm at Bouth, Cumbria from Mataró near Barcelona for the continuation of its restoration. Old Hall will not be open to the general public that day; press should contact press@trainfromspain.org. Before work commences, however, there will be a PUBLIC OPEN DAY where supporters of the Train From Spain Appeal and project are invited to Bouth (LA12 8JA) to view and photograph the loco in its ‘as delivered’ and pre-restoration condition. This will be Saturday 6th February, 10am-2pm. This is a unique and unrepeatable opportunity to see the outstanding quality of the machine, learn a little bit more about its history and plans for its overhaul. Those wishing to attend are asked to contact Karl at fundraising@trainfromspain.org. A donation to the appeal of £5.00 is kindly suggested to help us reach our renovation target of £126,000. Old Hall Farm at Bouth is located between the southern tip of Windermere and Coniston, approximately 1.5 miles from the A590, in the heart of the village of Bouth Nr Ulverston. There is ample free parking. Directions can be found on the

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  • TrainFromSpain is loaded!

    Our haulier, Dornack International Ltd, was joined by Train From Spain project members Karl Bartlett, Stuart Harrison and Peter van Zeller on Thursday for the loading of the locomotive, in readiness for the move to its new home in the Lake District! Here are some of the photos from the loading…!

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  • TrainFromSpain on Radio Cumbria!

    Follow the link to hear TrainFromSpain’s Peter Mills on the Mike Zeller Breakfast Show this morning. Move to 1h 19m 35s for the start of Peter’s interview all about the loco and the project. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03dplhw Did you know? You can also follow us on Facebook. Search for ‘Train From Spain Appeal’ to find us!

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  • Radio Cumbria interview – Friday 7.20am

    Our very own Peter Mills is being interviewed on the breakfast show on BBC Radio Cumbria about the Train from Spain appeal. The interview is expected to be broadcast tomorrow morning, Friday 22 January, at 7.20am. Meanwhile, the appeal team is busy following up other leads for publicity.

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  • Train from Spain appeal goes live

    Hello and welcome to the launch of the Train From Spain Appeal! We are raising funds and awareness to aid the restoration of an old steam locomotive, which is being purchased by the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society and being brought all the way from Spain to our humble corner of The Lake District! Like our page, check out our website to learn about the engine and help us to steam the Train From Spain! http://trainfromspain.org/

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  • Decision to purchase of Krauss steam locomotive no. 8457

    At an EGM on 12 December 2015, the Preservation Society decided to progress the purchase of Krauss steam locomotive no. 8457. Members voted in person and by postal vote with the following votes cast: For: 644 Abstain: 4 Against: 5 This represents votes from over 40% of the membership. Further details about fundraising, donations and the move of the locomotive from Spain to the UK will be provided shortly. Background to the locomotive is available here.

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