The 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust
The 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust is building a new locomotive of the BR Standard 3MT 2‑6‑2 82000 tank class, none of which survived into preservation. The class historically worked services on the Severn Valley line in BR days. Unlike many of the current new build projects which are recreating larger main-line types, 82045 is intended specifically for heritage line use.
The project started life in the late 1990s as The 82045 Locomotive Fund which initially maintained a fairly low profile. Renamed The 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust following its incorporation as a company limited by guarantee and subsequent attainment of charitable status (Registration No 1133893) early in 2010, the organisation during 2017 exceeded funds of £1,000,000 for the first time. Membership is by annual subscription: it has built up a nucleus of over 500 members.
The locomotive is being built at Bridgnorth Loco Works. The trust's web site includes a monthly news page. It operates sales stands on an occasional basis, usually at Bridgnorth during galas and similar events.
The Eardington Explorer
On 17 April 2015 the Trust ran a special train, The Eardington Explorer, between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade, calling specially at disused Eardington. The aim of the tour was to raise funds for the manufacture of 82045's boiler. This was repeated on 22 April 2016 in aid of 82045's 'The Motion Appeal'  In 2017 this event did not take place in its normal April time slot and the Trust endeavoured to find a suitable replacement, but no such date was announced.