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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

  • 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 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).

  • 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 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 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

  • 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…!

  • 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. Did you know? You can also follow us on Facebook. Search for ‘Train From Spain Appeal’ to find us!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • EGM for new steam locomotive, 12 December

    An opportunity has arisen for the R&ER Preservation Society to purchase a historic 15” gauge steam locomotive, Krauss Pacific No. 8457, currently in Spain. This is a significant decision which will use the majority of the Society’s cash reserves, therefore an Extraordinary General Meeting has been called for 12th December 2015 at 1pm in the Village Hall, Ravenglass, to allow the Society’s members to contribute to the decision. Members have been sent a notice of the EGM by post. Members may view background reports and the EGM notice.

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