Join the Supporters Club for as little as £5.67 per month (or £68.04 for the year) and help secure a constant and predictable flow of income to keep the new build No.567 on track.
The benefits of membership include:
The knowledge that you support the reincarnation of an operating Victorian classic express steam locomotive with the potential to create the spectacle of hauling a unique set of Victorian carriages along a preserved main line railway.
Be entered in the Quarterly draw to win a footplate ride on No.567.
Quarterly Newsletters to update you on progress.
Special 567 events with an Annual Supporters Day to view progress on the new build.
Be one of the first 200 supporters to have a seat on the first train to be hauled by No.567. Hurry, Hurry, Hurry if you wish to be one of the 200 passengers to ride behind 567 on its first public train. To be eligible you must be a Supporter. There are now only 15 seats left. Make sure of your seat on the elegant Victorian Express.
To become a Supporter please download the application form here.
As the 567 Loco Group is a registered charity your membership contributions are eligible for Gift Aid giving a significant boost to the funding of the project.
Sponsor a component
A very positive way to support the project is by sponsoring a component. The list of components requiring sponsorship will be updated periodically as components receive the required support and new components are added. This will ensure the smooth progression of building the locomotive. Following the success of the first round of sponsorships a new set of components for sponsorship is listed below.
● Rear Dragbox Fabrication 1 off (1) @ £2,000
● Connecting Rod Big End Strap 2 off (1) @ £1,250 each
● Bogie Hornblock Casting 8 off (2) @ £150 each
● Bogie Frame Stretcher 2 off (2) @ £100 each
● Bogie Hornstay 4 off (2) @ £120 each
● Bogie Hornblock Bolts & Nuts 36 off (36) @ £30 each
As sponsorships are received the number in brackets will indicate the number of components that remain to be sponsored
The dragbox sits just ahead of the trailing headstock at the rear of and between the main frames. It is the device that links the locomotive to the tender and through the tender to the carriages or wagons comprising the train. As such it is a crucial component as it carries the whole tractive effort of the locomotive itself. The dragbox for the new build No.567 will follow a fabricated design as opposed to the cast type of the original locomotive. This is a much more affordable means of manufacture and one that can be handled in house at the Ruddington Locomotive Works.
The connecting rod big end strap is the semi circular component that fixes the connecting rod to the crank axle and together with the connecting rod itself will house the bearing to complete the whole assembly. It is a crucial component in the motion of the locomotive.
The remaining items all contribute to the building of the bogie. Beyond these the centre frame, wheels, axles, bearings and springs will still be required to complete the bogie.
Persons interested in sponsoring should download the Sponsorship Forms and send the completed forms along with the associated cheque to Mrs Dawn Bullock at GCR 567 Group Administration, 19 Hartridge Walk, Allesley Park, Coventry, CV5 9LF
MAKE A DONATION
Whether you are a Supporter or not you can make a donation large or small to speed the completion of No.567. Donations may be via a single lump sum or via a regular donation through a Standing Order. Such donations will be eligible for Gift Aid.
Download the required form here.
There are several ways in which you can bring the new build GCR Class 2 4-4-0 No.567 to fruition:
LEAVE A LEGACY
To continue the dream of the Victorian Express steam locomotive hauling a set of vintage carriages along a main line railway you may consider leaving a legacy in your will.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
To complete the complex task of building a new steam locomotive volunteers are sought to support activities in a wide range of tasks. These include the following:
Marketing to promote the project
Ambassadors to man the 567 stand at various events
CAD draughtsmen and general fitters
Manufacturing skills particularly in machining, pattern making and casting to support the manufacture of components
A Head of Fundraising to direct fundraising acitivities
If you are able to help in these or in any other area please get in touch via the Contacts page
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