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The 2874 Trust has been formed to ensure the restoration and then operation of the ex Great Western Railway 2-8-0 heavy freight locomotive number 2874. We are a registered charity (Number 1166258) and as such can obtain Gift Aid on donations which helps swell the coffers and speed up the restoration work 

The loco was built in 1918 to a Churchward design and remained in service until 1963. It has not run since but we aim to give it a new life working on Heritage Railways and giving pleasure to the thousands of passengers who each year enjoy the sight, sounds and smell of steam power.

We aim to ensure that all who assist in the restoration either physically or with other support gain both satisfaction and enjoyment from the experience.


Why not support us by becoming a member of the 2874 Trust?  Membership Form below.

We have supporters who have signed up to the “Give as You Earn” scheme.  This scheme is supported by many employers – donations to registered charities are made through salary and the Trust can receive an uplift to the donation from the taxman!  This is a very cost effective way of giving for anyone in the higher tax bands.  Employers who support this means of giving will provide the necessary form – the details of the recipient charity just need to be added – our details are:

The 2874 Trust Ltd

Charity Number 1166258    


Or you can donate through the BT MyDonate website by following the link on our Sponsorship and Fundraising page



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Heritage Engineering Skills Training

The 2874 Trust wins National Lottery support

Today, the 2874 Trust has received a National Lottery grant of £57,400 for an exciting heritage project, Skill and Expertise building through practical work projects on historic steam locomotives, at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.
Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on ensuring the vital heritage mechanical engineering skills needed to maintain and operate steam locomotives can be both developed and passed on to a new generation of volunteers. Work projects will start early in 2019 and will be based around the restoration of a 1918 built steam locomotive.
Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project will enable local people of all ages to become involved in heritage engineering either hands-on learning new skills or developing existing expertise to ensure there is a skilled workforce available to keep alive Britain’s steam heritage. Work projects will range from an introduction to restoration, for example, saving badly worn and rusted metalwork, to the highly technical manufacture of components from base castings, working to the drawings from more than a hundred years ago.
The 2874 Trust is an organisation set up to operate historic railway locomotives and provide training in the practicalities of their operation. The aim is to promote public appreciation and understanding of the historic, cultural and scientific aspects of this machinery. The Trust has purchased an ex GWR Heavy Freight locomotive no 2874, built in 1918 and aims to restore and hire it to Heritage Railways for the enjoyment and education of the general public.
Steam Heritage is one of Britain’s iconic industries and working steam engines are a key component of the very successful and important tourism sector. It is crucial to the continued operation of Heritage visitor attractions that suitable working locomotives are available. The sector needs skilled volunteers capable of maintaining these locomotives and this project will help ensure a new generation gains the required experience.
Commenting on the award, David Foster, Chairman of the 2874 Trust said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project gives us opportunities to extend heritage skills and introduce them to a new generation helping to ensure a long-term future for Heritage locomotives and perhaps along the way we can encourage some to make a career in engineering.”


Clothing Store

We now have an on-line clothing store – thanks to the supplier “Hot Off the Press” who have sponsored the site.

Follow the link  CLICK HERE

All profits from the clothing will go towards the eventual restoration of the loco




Commemorative Plaques

The Trust has commissioned  a pair of plaques to be mounted on the locomotive to pay tribute to the workers from the Great Western Railway who lost their lives in two world wars.  Our loco came out of the Swindon works in November 1918 and in its centenary year it is an appropriate memorial.  The plaques will, initially at least be mounted on the cab which will be one the first items to be manufactured and used in displays to publicise the restoration project.  We will, of course salvage as much as possible of the original structure to incorporate into the new.


The Trustees have underwritten the cost of producing of the plaques to ensure no Trust funds are diverted from the restoration.


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