Why are we looking to buy City of Wells?
By the time you read this blog, the news the ELR is trying to buy 34092, City of Wells will be out there. This is a huge challenge for us to find the money for this special loco without overstretching the ELR’s finances.
The ELR are facing significant operational challenges in terms of regularly providing the number and quality of steam locomotives to meet our needs and where the alternative means of improving the situation have wide ranging differences in cost and strategies we adopt. Currently the ELR relies on hiring in locomotives to supplement the home fleet, and where sourcing spare locos from other Heritage railways is becoming more and more difficult.
This way of managing locos operationally and financially is likely to become unsustainable, with the resultant risk to the ELR’s reputation if services are cancelled and revenue growth restricted.
Overall, the Directors felt purchasing such an iconic loco fits in with the Board strategy to build up the ELR’s ‘home fleet’ in order to reduce reliance on hiring in locos.
The target is to raise £340,092 to help purchase this fabulous loco. Can you help us can you tell your friends? every contribution, however small will be greatly appreciated – https://www.preservationforgenerations.co.uk/a-home-for-wells
Check out the range of rewards in return for a one off donation or a monthly donation.
|Name of Package||One-Off Donation||Monthly (p/m for 12 months)||Reward|
|Taw Valley||£20.00||N/A||Exclusive “A Home for Wells” Badge|
|Braunton||£30.00||N/A||Exclusive “A Home for Wells” Keyring|
|Sir Keith Park||£50.00||N/A||Exclusive “A Home for Wells” Mug|
|92 Squadron||£75.00||N/A||Exclusive “A Home for Wells” Polo Shirt|
|Manston||£300.00||£25.00 p/m||Seat on the “Welcome Home Wells” Train|
|1949||£600.00||£50.00 p/m||4 x Freedom of the Line Tickets for 2018/19|
|Brighton Works||£1,200.00||£100.00 p/m||2 x Dining with Distinction Tickets for 2018/19|
|Southern||£1,800.00||£150.00 p/m||Footplate Ride on “City of Wells”|
|West Country Class||£2,400.00||£200.00 p/m||4 x Dining with Distinction Tickets for 2018/19|
|Pacific||£4,800.00||£400.00 p/m||Bronze Footplate Experience on “City of Wells”|
|Bulleid||£7,200.00||£600.00 p/m||Private Hire of Observation Saloon behind “City of Wells”|
|Golden Arrow||£14,400.00||£1,200.00 p/m||Gold Footplate Experience on “City of Wells”|