Erlestoke Manor Fund launches appeal to return steam locomotive 5164 to service

As 7802 Bradley Manor and 7812 Erlestoke Manor return to traffic in the near future, the Erlestoke Manor Fund (EMF) is raising funds for the redesign of the former GWR Large Prairie No. 5164.

In 2021, EMF shareholders approved proposals to restore the ex-GWR Large Prairie No. 5164 to steam after its acquisition from the 5164 Preservation Group.

Bringing 5164 back into service will be an exciting and fitting project for years to come and, most importantly, a locomotive that could be expected to be running, providing valuable steam revenue in the mid-2030s. , when the 7812 and 7802 will need to be overhauled in quick succession.

Perfectly suited to the SVR, 5164 is seen departing from Bridgnorth in its last traffic period. // Credit: Jason Houlders.

5164 is currently in store under cover at Barrow Hill Roundhouse, near Chesterfield. Its redesign will promote the development of skills and experience within the volunteer team, especially for young volunteers. This project will be a major factor in maintaining our industrial heritage.

In order to return 5164 to service on the Severn Valley Railway by the mid-2020s, now is the time to start funding the project, which at current prices is expected to cost £400,000. To help fund the entire project, EMF is seeking support through various fundraising channels:

Donations can be made via the website at

As a thank you to everyone who donates to the fund, it is proposed to run a special charter train on the Severn Valley Railway from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth and back behind 5164 when its overhaul is complete.

In return for a donation of at least £125, EMF will provide one travel ticket to the event, and for donations over £250, two tickets. Please ensure we have your contact details to enable us to register you for your tickets. Each donation over £50 will be acknowledged at the end of the Appeal in a form to be determined.

Jose P. Rogers