Ransomes & Rapier 45 ton lift breakdown crane RS1083/45, built Ipswich 1943
This new group hopes ultimately to return the crane to full working order, but this initial appeal is to first restore its looks and fabric, and made it a reliable, rolling exhibit well presented in an appropriate colour scheme with its fabric intact and in working condition, together with interpretation and history boards, explanatory leaflets and a website presence.
Chris Hunford, Bluebell Loco Driver and BRPS Trustee, and Neil Cameron, from the original restoration team dating back to 1981, will work together to establish a safe working area into which volunteers will be welcomed, set up base, and set about the task described above, and also survey the crane for a possible later return to full working order. Fundraising of £25k will fully fund this preliminary activity.
We have at present minimal equipment, so more will need to be purchased, and improvements made to the area around the crane’s location at Horsted Keynes. At this time it is anticipated that more than half this amount will be donated privately within a year; the balance will need to come from fundraising, so all contributions are most welcome.
If you wish to contribute a significant sum, our costs are lower if you can send in a cheque, so please do use the separate Donations and Gift Aid Form, which is available to download here.
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These funds will be held by the Bluebell Railway Trust and procedures and controls lie within that arrangement to ensure that funds are properly accounted for and spent. Your donations towards this scheme will be most welcome; reports will be available on the Web site and in Bluebell News to keep you appraised.
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