The principal objects of the Bluebell Railway Trust (Registered Charity No.292497) are the encouragement of research into railway equipment and safety, the maintenance and support of museums for the preservation of railway equipment, the provision of facilities for recreation activities connected with railways and the assistance of persons in need connected with railways. Subject to these objects the Trustees may bear specially in mind charitable purposes connected with the Bluebell Railway.
The Trust is the owner of several historic carriages:
LBSCR Stroudley and Craven-era Carriages including Nos. 661, 949 and 328 (plus 6 other historic Brighton carriage bodies), LSWR No.25, SER Saloon 172, LCDR carriage No.3188 and Horsebox No.1.
It also owns SECR H-class Locomotive No.263, seen on the right in Peter Edwards' photo at Three Arch Bridge on the day of its re-dedication after overhaul, Saturday 28 July 2012.
The Bluebell Railway Trust is also the governing body for the Bluebell Railway Museum, which is now an Accredited Museum.
The Bluebell Railway Trust is able to accept legacies, covenants, gift-aid donations or CAF vouchers, either for the Trust's general funds or for specific projects which fall within its remit.
Full details of the way the trust works, and is able to handle donations and legacies, are available on a separate web page.
At present the Trust is actively seeking funding for the 50th Anniversary Appeal, and Operation Undercover, the Bluebell Atlantic Project, as well as general donations towards many other worthwhile Bluebell Railway projects, such as the overhaul of the Maunsell S15 Loco No.847, the Standard class 2 project, the Steam Crane and the SR Maunsell Dining Saloon.
You can give to the Bluebell Railway Trust on-line using your credit or debit card, or PayPal account, with the Gift Aid recovered on our behalf. If you wish to donate through this to a specific project or appeal, there is provision for adding a message to that effect.
If you are a UK tax payer and you complete a Gift Aid Form, this enables us to increase the value of your donation by 25%. Higher rate tax payers are also able to claim additional relief from the tax they have paid via their tax return. A Gift Aid Form for general donations and all other projects is available here to print out. The same form also has details of how to set up a regular Standing Order.
Send this, or any other donation or a CAF cheque voucher, either to the individual fund raising group, or to:Please note that, to keep costs down, acknowledgement of donations will not be sent unless you include a Stamped Addressed Envelope.Bluebell Railway Trust, c/o Graham Flight, 22 Christopher Road, East Grinstead, RH19 3BT
Photo above right: The trust funded the cost of materials for the restoration of both of the carriages seen here, LBSCR 661 and LCDR 114. LBSCR Terrier "Stepney" is hauling the coaches on the day that 114 returned to service, 4 November 2006 (Jon Bowers).
US donors can use our 510(C)(3) affiliation with The American Fund for Charities
In addition to the above, the Trust is currently involved in the funding of the following projects:
Other projects have been approved in principal for funding, and are awaiting specific requirements.
- The Bluebell's Museum. The Trust provides co-funding along-side external grants obtained, and a small annual budget for general running costs.
- Funding of the Northern Extension project from one of the Trust's restricted funds (from bequests specifically left for the purpose) as well as through the 50th Anniversary Appeal.
- Fund raising facilites for many Bluebell Projects, including the appeal for funds to repair Battle of Britain class pacific "Sir Archibald Sinclair" and lengthening of the platform 1 canopy at Sheffield Park to its original length.
- Funding for materials for the overhaul of LCDR carriage 3188.
- Funding for two engineering apprentice training positions in our workshops.
- Seedcorn funding for phase 4 of Operation Undercover, at Horsted Keynes.
- Materials for the overhaul of LBSC Milk/Fruit Van 270 and GWR Wagon 87782.
- The NRM Drawings Project - being undertaken by Bluebell volunteers, assisting in the cataloguing of the NRM's extensive collection of SR engineering drawings. The Trust is funding accommodation and travel costs.
The completed Loco Shed wall, largely funded by the Trust (David Chappell, 2 February 2006)
Horsted Keynes Platform 1/2 canopy, during the course of construction.
The current BRPS representatives, who are invited to attend Trust meetings, are:
Bluebell Railway Museum
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