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Accessible Steam Heritage (ASH) Appeal

ASH Appeal Video This appeal aims to raise £388,000 to match the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant we have been awarded of £1.1 Million.
Therefore every £10 donated is worth £38 to the Project, and even more if Gift Aided.

Watch Nicholas Owen's Video for the ASH Project.

The ASH Project's aims are to:-

  • Improve the Railway's capacity to operate steam locomotives including a new maintenance facility
  • Ensure the survival of a unique collection of steam locomotives
  • Create an exciting exhibition and display area for a wide range of visitors to learn about steam heritage
  • Provide the opportunity for steam locomotive history, working and operation to be easily understood
  • Target new audiences to increase visitor numbers plus encourage return visits

ASH exhibition space - Matthew Cousins This will be achieved by repairs to the Running Shed (including a new roof) and permitting footplate access to some of the locomotives on display. Some space will be given up to the interactive exhibits of the exhibition, including a mock-up of locomotive "Stepney".
This will be more than compensated for by the provision of a new building in which up to four locomotives may be stored, or worked on under cover. The southern end of the existing Running Shed will remain open to the public to view a variety of our operational and non-operational locomotives, but under improved conditions, retaining the environment and atmosphere of a traditional Loco Shed.
For the sake of clarity, we should explain that the original 1875-built "Stepney" will remain on the Bluebell Railway as a complete engine; the additional display is a full-size cut-away model to explain how a steam locomotive works.

ASH locomotive maintenance shed - Matthew Cousins If the appeal reaches its target of £388,000 any surplus not required for the ASH project will be used to improve other buildings or provide tools and equipment for the locomotive department.

So please help us improve the facilities to show off our fantastic fleet of locomotives, and donate now.

If you are able to support this campaign, since JustGiving deduct a percentage administration charge, for larger amounts sending a cheque is preferred. All options for sending donations are on the ASH Donations page. Thank you in advance for your support.

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ASH Interior 3 - Matthew Cousins

Stepney on shed - 17 Dec 2015 - Tony Sullivan

ASH Interior 1 - Footplate Access - Matthew Cousins

ASH Interior 3 Original Stepney on display - Matthew Cousins

80151 on shed - 4 June 2015 - Tony Sullivan

ASH Interior 1 - Normandy on display - Matthew Cousins

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