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Appeal for SR Schools Class No.928 "Stowe"

Fundraising for Bluebell Railway Trust

59 %
raised of £250,000 target
by 27 supporters

Bluebell Railway Trust

We fund preservation and skills training to ensure the future of our steam heritage.

Charity Registration No. 292497


Appeal for funds to overhaul SR Schools Class locomotive No.928 "Stowe" on the Bluebell Railway.


If you'd like to see this classic Southern Railway express locomotive, named after Stowe School, return to service on the Bluebell Railway, please support this appeal.  Only if sufficient funds are raised can the boiler overhaul be completed.  The Maunsell Locomotive Society have already overhauled the locomotive's tender (including complete renewal of the water tank), and have been raising funds for, and will be assisting with, the overhaul of the frames and running gear.  The boiler overhaul will now be undertaken in-house by the Bluebell Railway, resulting in a substantial reduction in the estimated cost, and hence we have been able to revise the target downwards.


With the Bluebell Railway's Keep Up The Pressure appeal approaching its initial target to complete the boiler overhauls of the O1-class No.65 and 80151, as well as that for "Sir Archibald Sinclair", the principal focus of the appeal shifts to "Stowe", and this appeal, whilst dedicated to "Stowe", is part of the overall KUTP campaign.  More information is available in this video, introduced by Nicholas Owen.


Since JustGiving deduct a percentage administration charge, for larger amounts a cheque is preferred. Donations can be sent via the KUTP appeal page on the Bluebell's Web Site. We do of course also welcome donations through this JustGiving site!  Thank you in advance for your support.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the Bluebell Railway Trust. 


You can also donate by text:
Simply text: STOW92 £10 to 70070
to donate £10.  You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10, and you will be able to Gift Aid the donation (which is charged to your mobile bill or PAYG).  Normal network charges apply for texts, but all admin costs of text-giving are sponsored by Vodafone.


So please help us return Stowe's boiler to full pressure, and donate now.

You can follow progress with the overhaul here.


  • Stowe in steam in 1980s (Mike Esau)
  • Stowe poster - Mike Hopps
  • Firebox being dismantled - MLS +2