National heritage lottery grant for GWSR locomotive group

  • Toddington-based The 2874 Trust receives £3,000 grant

  • Grant helps address impact of Covid-19 on heritage

  • Locomotive 2874 is being restored at GWSR’s Toddington workshops


Toddington, 31 August 2020: The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway-based 2874 Trust has received £3,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to assist with volunteer training projects for ‘heritage mechanical engineering’.


Since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown of The 2874 Trust, which is restoring 1918-built Great Western Railway heavy freight locomotive no. 2874, training projects were put on hold.  All work at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) was stopped to ensure the safety of the public, staff and volunteers.


David Foster, Chairman of The 2874 Trust said: “Now our base at the GWSR has re-opened we are able to resume our training projects.  Thanks to the National Lottery grant we have some additional tools and the personal protection equipment necessary to ensure our volunteers can work and learn in safety.


“We’re grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.”


The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund.  The fund has made £50million available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector.


The UK-wide fund aims to address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.


Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.


“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as the 2874 Trust during this uncertain time.”


Like The 2874 Trust, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600million of repurposed money from the National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.


Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.


The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund is now closed for applications. To find out more about how The National Heritage Emergency Fund is supporting the sector at this time please visit:

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Notes to editors

Media contact for The 2874 Trust, images and interview opportunities:

David Foster, Chairman -  or phone 01643 706 943

GWSR Media contact: Ian Crowder, or 07775 566 555


About The 2874 Trust

The 2874 Trust aims to promote the training and development of volunteers in Heritage Mechanical engineering using the restoration of a 1918 built Great Western locomotive (heavy freight No 2874) as the primary platform for the work.  Keeping alive the heritage skills and passing them on to a new generation will help ensure our historic machinery will be working well into the future.  Once restored, the locomotive will be hired to Heritage railways to help bring the experience of Britain’s industrial heritage to a wide range of people through the enjoyment of a visit to a living museum and the experience of a working steam engine.

About the GWSR

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway operates a 14-mile heritage railway through the Cotswolds between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway.  The railway is operated almost exclusively by volunteers.  It resumed post-lockdown steam train services from 15th August 2020, offering 28-mile round trips from Toddington station bookable online at with a number of social distancing and hygiene measures in place to ensure the safety of both visitors and volunteers.  The railway’s extensive worksh ops at Toddington station are host to a number of locomotive restoration and operation projects, including The 2874 Trust.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive change for people and communities, now and in the future. #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

The Heritage Emergency Fund is now closed for applications. Extra advice and support and longer-term skills and capacity building initiatives has also been made available for the heritage sector. Read more about The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s response to the Covid-19 emergency.

About the National Lottery

  • Since The National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community.

  • National Lottery players contribute around £30 million to good causes every week.

  • The National Lottery has made more than 5,500 millionaires but its primary purpose is giving to good causes - over 565,000 individual grants have been awarded across the UK, that’s the equivalent of 200 life-changing projects in every UK postcode district.




Below pictures available - contact Ian Crowder - Press Office for high resolution versions of them.  They show:

Top: 1918-built 28xx class 2-8-0 no. 2874 at Stratford-upon-Avon on 13 April 1955 (picture: Brian England)

Centre: 2874 - or what remains of it after decades of scrapyard neglect - at Toddingtron ready for the journey back to steam, 15 September 2015.  On the left is restored sister locomotive 2807 (picture: Ian Crowder)

Bottom: Locomotive 2874 has been completely stripped and its frams (chassis) is in the foreground within Toddington locomotive works, waiting to be re-wheeled, the wheels, axles and bearings having been overhauled offsite. 15 August 2020 (picture: Ian Crowder)