‘699’ Appeal

Launched: January 2014 Appeal now closed 
Target: £ 65,000 minimum
Closed: April 2016
Funds raised: £ 91,000 inc. Gift Aid
LATEST NEWS: ‘699’ is now being reassembled

Status, September 2016

Work on assembling ‘699’ needs to fit around maintaining the working fleet of locos.

A giant Thank You to all our donors for raising 100% of the funds needed. If you want to help, hands-on, as a volunteer with completing the re-assembly, just contact the railway to volunteer

Restoration, 2014-2015:

To provide a powerful and reliable loco to work alongside the Railway’s existing fleet of ‘The Earl’, ‘Countess’ and ‘Joan’, the W&L trustees – with overwhelming support from the volunteer members – have decided to restore loco No.10 Sir Drefaldwyn (also know as ‘699’) to service in time for the 2015 season.

Work will include retubing and restaying the boiler and renewing the superheater elements. This work will be done at the Severn Valley Railway workshops. The remainder will, where possible, be done in the W&L workshops at Llanfair Caereinion. This will include new tanks and bunker and the refurbishing of the cylinders, valves, motion and axleboxes.

The initial estimate for this work was £ 65,000 – currently we are budgeting for a final cost for returning ‘699’ to steam of £ 85,000. To speed the receipt of funds, we are offering the following incentives to donors:

£ 250 – a seat on the exclusive to donors Austrian inaugural train
£ 500 – your name on a plaque in the cab of ‘699’
£ 750 – a ride on 699’s footplate in the first 12 months of service

The amounts are the minimum total value of donations received during the Appeal needed for each incentive – but the incentives are cumulative, so a donation of £750 will get you all three incentives!

From the archives:

Images: K Halton, K Heywood, WL Johnson, J Tedstone, W&LLR Collection
G Gauntlett’s Flickr collection has further images of the restoration of ‘699’

Download the 699 Appeal Leaflet as a PDF (4.2MB).

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