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Clacton Express Preservation Group

Clacton Express Preservation Group is crowdfunding

raised of £2,500 target by 24 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,500 to The 309 Homecoming Fund - Repairing Vandalism and damage suffered whilst in storage

Chappel And Wakes Colne

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The Clacton Express Preservation Group was formed back in September 2021 in order to secure one of the last complete examples of a First Generation EMU that was at risk of scrapping, A British Rail Class 309 No. 309 624.

624 Was saved in March 2022 with the help of a generous benefactor but no long term home was able to be secured at the time. After two years of negotiations among various heritage sites, it has now been announced that the East Anglian Railway Museum has accepted the donation of two vehicles from the set, BDTC 75965 and MBS 61928. DTS 75972 will be heading off to more secure storage pending a further announcement on it's future.

Unfortunately, Whilst in storage over the last two years, Both the BDTC and MBS have suffered multiple vandal attacks, targeting many of the windows. The most recent and serious attack occurred on the 9th May, just 4 days before the unit was set to move to its new home. This was the last thing the group needed to deal with at this time.

In order for us to have the best possible start, we need to urgently raise some funds to get the unit watertight once more, ordering and fitting all of the replacement glass. We also have to work on water ingress repairs caused by this vandalism, including new local sections of flooring, Linoleum and wall panels around the smashed windows which are now warped and water damaged as a direct result of the vandal attacks.

The BDTC now in total has 4 droplights, 6 large windows and one cab window to replace. The MBS has one droplight which also needs replacing.

Please consider donating what you can, every £1 you give will help towards the repairs.

Lets give this unit, which has been at risk for over 3 years now, the proper fresh start that it deserves.

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  • Clacton Express Preservation Group22 days ago
    Clacton Express Preservation Group

    Clacton Express Preservation Group

    22 days ago

    Thanks to everyone who has supported the fundraiser so far. We have been able to complete initial work to cover all windows with clear polythene to arrest any further water damage and temporarily protect the unit until all the glass has been ordered. We are running a public fundraising stand at the EARM this weekend for the transport extravaganza so please say hello if you visit.

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  • Alan Wallis

    Alan Wallis

    Jun 4, 2024

    Brilliant news on finding home for famous class 309, I commuted on it from Thorpe-le-Soken in the 1970s and 1980s


  • Rebecca Sharp

    Rebecca Sharp

    Jun 3, 2024

    Fantastic work to save these units; great rolling stock of my young teens/trains.

  • Anonymous


    Jun 2, 2024

  • Richard Buckthorpe-Cooper

    Richard Buckthorpe-Cooper

    May 31, 2024

  • Evie Lawrence

    Evie Lawrence

    May 31, 2024


  • Neil Briggs

    Neil Briggs

    May 24, 2024


  • David Lewis

    David Lewis

    May 23, 2024


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Clacton Express Preservation Group

Clacton Express Preservation Group

Chappel And Wakes Colne

We are the CEPG, (Clacton Express Preservation Group). We are the custodians of A BR Class 309 EMU, No 309 624.

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