The Erlestoke Manor Fund

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7812 Erlestoke Manor
7802 Bradley Manor

The Erlestoke Manor Fund was founded in 1973. As of 2022 its current objects are:

..for the benefit of the community, to advance education and learning in relation to heritage steam locomotives in particular by restoring, preserving, maintaining and operating the former Great Western Railway “Manor” class 4-6-0 Locomotives No 7812 “Erlestoke Manor” and No 7802 “Bradley Manor” and 5101 class 2-6-2T Large PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration No 5164 in an authentic livery in full working order for as long as possible.'[1][2]

The Fund publishes half-yearly newsletters and arranges shareholders’ events, including driving experience and special trains.

The Erlestoke Manor Fund Sales Coach is situated adjacent to the buffet and car park at Bewdley and located in BRBritish Rail or British Railways General Utility Van GUV 86105. It is normally open at weekends during the operating season.

Vehicles owned

Transfer of GWRGreat Western Railway Large PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration 5164

In July 2020 the EMF announced it was in discussion with The 5164 Preservation Group and the SVRSevern Valley Railway regarding the proposed transfer of 5164 to the EMF, subject to the existing SVRSevern Valley Railway locomotive agreement being transferred to the Fund.[3] In June 2021 all parties agreed the formal transfer agreement.[4] The transfer of ownership for a nominal sum was completed in November 2021[5].

In July 2022 the EMF announced the launch of an appeal to raise funds to return 5164 to service[6].



The Fund was an unincorporated body, constituted with a Management Committee as Trustees of the Fund and the Fund's locomotives and assets. Membership was conferred on those subscribing the minimum holding of non-transferable shares, entitling the member to part-ownership of the Fund's locomotives.

Charitable community benefit society from 2018

On 10 May 2018 the Fund became a charitable community benefit society, registered (no. 7765) on the Mutuals Public Register of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.[7] It has a bespoke constitution agreed with the FCA, a corporate structure to limit the liability of trustees and members, but one that reflects the constitution, is tax efficient and still allows members to continue as shareholders.[8]

In November 2021 the EMF Trustees began a Shareholder Consultation, noting that In order to start fund-raising and commit expenditure to the overhaul of 5164, we wish to amend the Fund’s Objects to include reference to this locomotive, alongside the Manor Class locomotives already in our ownership. In January 2022 the Trustees announced that the EMF Shareholders had voted unanimously in favour and that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) had approved the change to the Fund's charitable objectives[2].

See also


  1. EMF Web site 'Our Goals and Objectives' page
  2. 2.0 2.1 EMF Announcement (retrieved 19 January 2022)
  3. EMF announcement (retrieved 29 July 2020)
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 215, Autumn 2021, p. 37
  5. EMF Newsletter no 78, November 2021
  6. EMF: The Big "Large Prairie" Appeal – Returning 5164 to service (retrieved 1 August 2022)
  7. Mutuals Public Register of the Financial Conduct Authority (Retrieved 10 November 2018)
  8. Express Points November 2018