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£12,595raised of £25,000 target by 344 supporters

    Weʼve raised £12,595 to buy a #PintForTheVEP Returning the Bluebell Railway's unique 4VEP No.3417 to the mainline.

    Location
    Strawberry Hill, London
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    Funded on Monday, 3rd April 2017

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    The price of a pint is about £3.50 - could you buy a pint for the VEP?

    No. 423 417 is a unique piece of railway heritage.
    It was preserved by the Bluebell Railway in 2009 as the last example of a 4VEP - moving millions of commuters each year, trains like these were woven into the fabric of the working day in the South of England for half a century.
    Like the 'Flying Scotsman', No. 3417 is the last of its class.

    The Southern Electric Traction Group are a small group of railway staff from across the South of England who are working with the Bluebell Railway to restore No. 3417 to running condition. Our intention isn't just to return the unit to heritage railways, but eventually to return the unit to where it belongs; the main lines of the Southern Region.

    We want to see the sparks fly at 90mph again. We want to hear English Electric 507 traction motors howl again. We want to make the roof of London Waterloo station echo to the sound of slamming doors again.

    This Crowdfunding effort has a simple goal; to return No. 3417 to the mainline. We want to allow passengers to savour again the unique experience of a classic electric train at speed. We want generations to come to see where rail travel has come from. We want to preserve a small part of a very important facet of the history of railways in the U.K.; moving the commuting public. Your support will allow us to do that.

    Do you want to see the 4VEP run again? This is your chance to help make that ambition a reality.

    Follow us on Twitter @Gordon3417

    For the latest updates on our work check our website: www.setg.org/news

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    • Steve Upton6 months ago
      Steve Upton

      Steve Upton

      6 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      And after all that, there was an extra fiver for the pot... Thank you, every one of you.

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    • Steve Upton6 months ago
      Steve Upton

      Steve Upton

      6 months ago

      "Time, ladies and gentlemen, please." That's all, everyone. Your magnificent and unexpected generosity has pledged a grand total of £12,590.76 to a project considered so niche that it would never get off the ground. On behalf on Chris Buckland, Oscar Martin, myself, the rest of 3417's minions and the Bluebell Railway, thank you all very very much. Keep track of us on Facebook and Twitter. There is still a lot to do.

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    • Steve Upton7 months ago
      Steve Upton

      Steve Upton

      7 months ago

      Mr Tim Dunn of BBC Transporting Live, at Strawberry Hill yesterday evening and setting up for our #RailRestorationLIVE transmissions. Thanks to Tim and the SETG's efforts we managed to raise nearly £400 towards our restoration fund. What a fantastic effort!

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    • Steve Upton7 months ago
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      Steve Upton

      7 months ago

      We were delighted to receive a visit from Dick Fearn, Graham Aitken and Mr Gordon Pettitt himself on Saturday. We met and discussed the future of the unit. We are delighted with their support for our plans concerning 3417 and very proud to be working with such a depth of railway operating experience.

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    344

    • Andrew Crampton

      Andrew Crampton

      Apr 3, 2017

      Keep up the good work

      £10.00

    • Ian Davey

      Ian Davey

      Apr 3, 2017

      A worthy cause. Have a few pints on me.

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 3, 2017

      Driver Potter

      £20.00

    • doug abrahams

      doug abrahams

      Apr 3, 2017

      Here you go big fella

      £48.01

    • Tony Laming

      Tony Laming

      Apr 3, 2017

      A great cause. Not enough attention is being given to SR 3rd rail emu stock, once so common place.

      £10.00

    • Thomas Braund

      Thomas Braund

      Apr 3, 2017

      Good Luck...

      £30.00

    • 25kv fan

      25kv fan

      Apr 3, 2017

      £20.00

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    Steve Upton

    Steve Upton

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    Strawberry Hill, London

    My name is Steve Upton. I have worked on the railway for the last 14 years, all of it based at Wimbledon Park depot in South West London. Follow the VEP on Twitter: @Gordon3417 Ignore me on Twitter: @DriverPotter

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