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Weʼre raising £5,000 to The Small Loco Group - Overhaul of Hudswell Clarke no.1539 ‘Derek Crouch’.

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The Small Loco Group was set up in 2012 to preserve and restore the smaller steam locomotives based at the Nene Valley Railway.

We are planning to restore Hudswell Clarke no.1539 ‘Derek Crouch’ which is a highly historical locomotive to the railway, having pulled the first train along the line in preservation on the 7th April 1974.

2024 sees the 50th anniversary of this run, and is also the locos 100th birthday, and we aim to have the locomotive in steam for both of these events.

All the work carried out is by volunteers, and this is also planned to be the first full boiler overhaul carried out at the railway.

The group is made up mainly of younger volunteers aged between 18-30, and is planning to pass on the skills and knowledge to these younger volunteers to keep the locomotives running into the future.

All donations are gratefully received and all help towards returning ‘Derek Crouch’ to steam!

Thankyou for your support.

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  • Nathan Wilson1 year ago
    Nathan Wilson

    Nathan Wilson

    1 year ago

    Thankyou to everyone who has supported us so far! The project is moving at an incredible pace, the loco is almost fully stripped down, with just the wheels, axle boxes and springs left to remove from the frames, and the boiler has had one side of the outer firebox removed! The boiler has turned out to be in an even better condition than we anticipated, the internal condition is remarkable! The only large problem we have discovered is a crack in the left hand cylinder bore, this is repairable, just a higher cost than originally anticipated.

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Page last updated on: 12/4/2021 20.16



  • Brian Pearce MBE

    Brian Pearce MBE

    Dec 4, 2021

    Your are doing great Nathan .. Well Done - Why is there no place for Gift Aid ... on £5k that's another £1250


  • Doug W

    Doug W

    Dec 4, 2021

    Full steam ahead


  • Anonymous


    Mar 23, 2021


  • Kieran


    Mar 22, 2021

    Looking forward to seeing this loco run 🙂


  • Sarah Derry

    Sarah Derry

    Mar 20, 2021

    From Eddie. Continue the great work.


  • Suzanne Cooke

    Suzanne Cooke

    Oct 27, 2020

    Such an incredible achievement and lovely photos too 😀


  • Nathan


    Oct 21, 2020


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