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 initially chose the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRCLT) at the West Shed, Butterley, in Derbyshire to carry out the required maintenance work. However, with their workshops busy with other high priority work for many months to come; in February 2018 the locomotive has now moved to Carnforth for repair instead. 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 combined appeal is for a new Blower Valve and Blower/Ejector Ring (£7100).
If you would like to contribute to these appeals, please scroll down for more information. Donations over £50 are eligible for entry to win 2 fantastic prizes! See below for more details!