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Cash for Cover (OP4) Double Donations Dash

Framework and roof for Heritage Skills Centre, OP4 - Barry Luck - 21 September 2018

Since 2015, as a result of the generosity of over a thousand individual donors and a number of bequests, a project called Operation Undercover Cover Phase 4 (OP4) has been steadily progressing, with foundations, a shed structure and roof built, and much of the track laid into the shed.
To construct the walls around the shed, and progress work on the Heritage Skills Centre (the structure and roof of which are now complete, as seen in this photo), we now need to spend a further £250,000 - however thanks to a benefactor offering matching funding for the first £100,000 donated to this Appeal, the appeal has got off to a splendid start.
Therefore we only need to raise £150,000 from public donations to add to the matching funding, and we hope to exceed this, to enable completion of the fourth wall and progress with the fitting out of the Heritage Skills Centre. If this can be achieved by the end of December, work should start in the spring of 2019.
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Please do donate to our OP4 Appeal now if you are able to. You can read more details about the Appeal here.
The Bluebell Railway Preservation Society was founded in 1959, and since the commencement of steam operated services in 1960, we have seen over 5 decades of volunteer support for the operation of the Railway, which has been recognised by the granting of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Our hugely successful Keep up the Pressure appeal, to overhaul boilers for some of our steam locomotives, and the Tr(ack) Action appeal to help us renew a further sections of our worn-out track, both remain open.

How you can help:

Companies can help us as well:

  • Consider Payroll Giving by your company
  • Adopt the Bluebell Railway Trust as your charity of the year
  • Hire the "Golden Arrow" Pullman for a corporate party
  • Sponsors events, either existing or specially created

For over five decades the Bluebell Railway has been serving the community.
Find out more about our impact on:

Stock in new shed - Barry Luck - 11 May 2018
LCDR coach 114 - 4 Nov 2006 - Richard Salmon
Brickwork - Barry Luck - 27 July 2018
Stock in new shed - Bruce Healey - 28 March 2018
HSC Framework - Barry Luck - 23 Aug 2018
Interior of 1050 - Richard Salmon - 2003

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Contact us - Telephone: UK:- 01825 720800,  USA:- 011 44 - 1825 720800,  Email funding @

© Bluebell Railway, 22 November 2018              The Bluebell Railway Trust is a Registered Charity, No. 292497