Sadly Princess Elizabeth’s 2016 rail tour programme had to be curtailed early due to issues arising with the small boiler tubes. In 2016 the 83 year old locomotive experienced other issues with some other parts which failed in service, meaning that some tours were prematurely cut short as well. The society relies on donations and income from completed rail tours to put into funding maintenance and overhauls, and with the delay in returning the locomotive to service after the last overhaul which started in 2013, its left a shortfall in our finances to complete these essential repairs. We have chosen the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRCLT) at the West Shed, Butterley, in Derbyshire to carry out the required maintenance work. PRCLT have a wealth of experience with maintaining LMS Stanier Pacific locomotives, such as Lizzie’s sister 6203 Princess Margaret Rose, and of 6233 Duchess of Sutherland. With your help we can get 6201 Princess Elizabeth back into action on the mainline again soon. We have identified three items we need to raise funds for to get the work started. The first appeal is for the Small Boiler Tubes (£12,900) – and a huge thank you to everyone who has helped move this forward so quickly! The second appeal is for a new Blower Valve and Blower/Ejector Ring (£7100), and finally we have a Just Giving page set up to help raise donations for the further expected maintenance work. £12,000 Of which will be to crane lift the boiler off the locomotive for a full and thorough assessment of further work required. If you would like to contribute to these appeals, please scroll down for more information. Donations over £50 are eligible for entry to win 3 fantastic prizes! See below for more details!