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About the Cash for Cover Appeal (OP4)

The Bluebell Railway is justifiably renowned for its fantastic collection of vintage carriages. We still have over 20 pre-nationalisation carriages stored in the open - to conserve them for the future it is vital to get them under cover as soon as possible.

Cash for Cover Appeal Video Nicholas Owen's Video for Cash for Cover.

The Cash For Cover Appeal has already raised £350,000 for Operation Undercover Phase 4 (OP4), and subsequent donations plus grants from the Bluebell Railway Trust have provided a further £200,000. This has enabled us to construct the shell of the Horsted Keynes Carriage Shed Extension, and got us to the stage where our carriage maintenance activities are under cover at last, and the first of the 26 historic vehicles are now stored in the second part of the shed.

We are now looking to raise a further £150,000 to clad the eastern wall, and most importantly, the Heritage Skills Centre, a two-storey building on the eastern side of the shed, for which the steel superstructure and roof is already fully funded. This will include a class-room/meeting room, a training workshop, trim shop and varnish shop, a small office and a records store. So there is still more to be raised to complete the project; please continue to give generously!

That will not complete the project, of course, since we also need to raise the funds to add doors and complete the internal walls, fit out the Heritage Skills Centre, and eventually build a separate component store, but we have made a tremendous start, thanks to many generous donors.
The drawing below, by Matthew Cousins, shows how the finished shed will look; the building to the left is the existing Carriage Works.
This will securely cover around 26 carriages and vans, meaning that virtually all of the pre-nationalisation coaches on the Bluebell can be placed under cover.

Proposed shed - complete - Matthew Cousins There is still a long way to go to reach our ultimate target. Any donation, small or large, will be very welcome.

So please help us secure our carriages under cover, and donate now.

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H-class with Chatham coaches, photo charter - Dave Braley - 21 November 2012

LCDR coach 114 - 4 Nov 2006 - Richard Salmon

SR Travelling Post Office when in working order - Mike Esau

LSWR 1520 returns to service - Alex Morley - 26 March 2010

Interior of 1050 - Richard Salmon - 2003

SECR Birdcage Brake 1170 - Richard Salmon

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