Hampton Loade Locomotive Fund

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The Hampton Loade Locomotive Fund was organised by Bill Bennett and supported the acquisition and restoration of GWR Large Prairie 4141.

History

4141 was acquired from BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. Scrapyard by SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society member Peter Waite and arrived on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society on 6 January 1973. Prior to its arrival, SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News noted that the acquisition was "...in conjunction with the Hampton Loade Loco. Fund" of Mr. W. Bennett."[1]

The fund continued to raise money for the restoration, including a tombola organised by Bill Bennett in the early 1980s.[2] Members of the Fund also worked on the restoration of the locomotive itself. However in spring 1998 the Fund announced that Peter Waite had sold the partly-restored 4141 to Professor J.F. Kennedy, and that it was therefore the responsibility of the Fund’s committee to return all monies to the respective shareholders, with any unclaimed monies being donated to a worthy cause on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society.[3]

With the departure of the Fund, the FRUIT D they had formerly used was taken over and converted into the "Hampton Loade Curiosity Shop" to raise funds for the station.[4]

See also

References

  1. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 25, 26
  2. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 71
  3. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 87
  4. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 118