Class 108 DMU: Sponsor Part of the Restoration

At the Annual General Meeting, we indicated that agreeing a long term lease with Network Rail may still take some time to complete, and this has made us rethink our plans about the restoration of our two car Class 108 Diesel multiple unit.

Our original plan had been to start with welding work on the trailer car, but we have now decided to firstly restore the Power car (Driving Motor Brake Second) to an operational condition.

There are several other factors which have influenced this decision:

  • We cannot bring our diesel multiple unit to our line until we have a lease in place,
  • A restored but unused diesel multiple unit, would incur storage charges elsewhere.
  • However, a fully restored power car, could be hired out to another heritage line* whilst we wait to gain access to the line. This would generate an additional income which could then be used to help fund the restoration of the trailer car.

We have already received one enquiry from another heritage line, about hiring our power car for the 2017 season, and discussions about a potential hire agreement are now underway. In addition, we are in discussions with the people at the Midland Railway Centre about putting the power car through their workshops, to complete the work in time.

Sponsor Part of the Restoration

We currently have enough funds available to make a start on this work, but still need to raise further funds.

Below is a list of the costings for the restoration of the Class 108 Power Car (supplied by Midland Railway Centre).

  • We are inviting donors to use their donation to sponsor specific items on the list.
  • Alternatively, donations can instead still be made into the Rolling Stock Fund and we will decide which item the money is used to pay for.
Power Car – Class 108 DMBS (M51937) Cost (including VAT) Suggested sponsor amounts Amount raised so far Notes
Oil Filters, etc. for service
(For two engines)
£120 4 X £25 amounts and 1 X £20
Oil for engines £150 6 X £25 amounts
Replacement batteries £675 27 X £25 amounts
Replacement cab gear and throttle controllers (£300 per item – two in each cab £600 24 X £25 amounts £100
Second hand corridor connection for rear of power car £425 17 X £25 amounts
New step-boards (8 on this vehicle – £18 each) £144 8 X £18 amounts £117 £27 left to raise for step -boards
Repaint the vehicle £1800 72 X £25 amounts
Total for vehicle £3914   £217  

We are keen to allow individuals to sponsor items which fit in their personal budget.

The “suggested sponsor amounts” are just suggestions, and some people may be able donate an amount which covers multiples of the “suggested sponsor amounts”.

Alternatively, and we realise that some people may only wish to donate a lower amount. We welcome all donations, whatever the amount, to help us achieve these targets.

Other Restoration Costs

The Society has agreed to take on the external cleaning of the diesel multiple unit along with much of the interior work. Some expenditure will be required for cleaning materials, paint, wood, electrics etc. and we will use some of the funds already raised to meet these costs.

We will provide similar sponsor details for the Trailer car in the near future.

How to make a donation to the Rolling Stock / Loco Fund

Please use one of the following methods to make a donation:

  • By completing the Rolling Stock Fund (Donation Form) available through this website and enclose a cheque or cash.
  • By PayPal or Credit Card using the Donate link below the right-hand menu,
  • Or donations can be made electronically direct to the Society’s bank account.
    Santander
    Account Name: Poulton & Wyre Railway Society
    Account Number: 89012757
    Sort Code: 09-01-28

Nigel Kirkpatrick
On behalf of the Rolling Stock Fund

Rolling Stock Appeal Update

Image8A quick update on our rolling stock fund.

It now stands at £19,250, meaning that we’re well over half way there.

Many thanks and congratulations to all those who have contributed and been involved in raising funds.

If you would like to donate further, full details can be found below.

How to make a donation to the Rolling Stock / Loco Fund

Please use one of the following methods to make a donation:

  • By completing the Rolling Stock Fund (Donation Form) available through this website and enclose a cheque or cash.
  • By PayPal or Credit Card using the Donate link below the right-hand menu,
  • Or donations can be made electronically direct to the Society’s bank account.
    Santander
    Account Name: Poulton & Wyre Railway Society
    Account Number: 89012757
    Sort Code: 09-01-28

Nigel Kirkpatrick
On behalf of the Rolling Stock Fund

Rolling Stock Fund Update

Class 108 Restoration Work – Urgent Funds are Required

Now that we have completed the purchase of our Class 108 DMU we have moved on to raising funds for its restoration to working order. The sooner the restoration work is completed the sooner we can bring the DMU to the line.

The Midland Railway Centre at Butterley have supplied us with an estimate that there is around 100 hours of welding work required on the Class 108 which would cost around £3,600.

The scope of work would be:

  • to remove windscreens/make and fit new metalwork above screens/re-secure gutters,
  • remove body cladding at bottom of cab/ repair frame/make good cladding/refit wiper motor/ make watertight,
  • at rear to cut out damaged metal and replace and also to re-rivet the end closing panel back onto the sides.

We urgently need to raise the £3600 in order to book a place in their workshops. The Rolling Stock Fund currently stands at around £1535 so we still need to raise another £2065.

We do have Gift Aid pledges for £1060 which will be claimed by the Trust in due course.

How to make a donation to the Rolling Stock /Loco Fund

Please use one of the following methods to make a donation:

  • By completing the Rolling Stock Fund (Donation Form) available through this website and enclose a cheque or cash.
  • By PayPal or Credit Card using the Donate link below the right-hand menu,
  • Or donations can be made electronically direct to the Society’s bank account.
    Santander
    Account Name: Poulton & Wyre Railway Society
    Account Number: 89012757
    Sort Code: 09-01-28

Nigel Kirkpatrick
On behalf of the Rolling Stock Fund

Rolling Stock Fund Appeal

The Poulton and Wyre Railway Society (PWRS) is launching its Rolling Stock Fund and invites anyone interested to make a donation towards the purchase of suitable rolling stock for use on the Poulton to Fleetwood railway.

We have bought a class 108 DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) to operate the first services between Thornton and Burn Naze. There are no run round loops, making a DMU the perfect choice. Once we extend services to Fleetwood and Poulton the vehicle would be ideal for our proposed peak hour community service.

The unit is currently based at the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley and is in very good condition. It does however require a light overhaul including some bodywork repairs and a full repaint.

Wyre Borough Council awarded the Society £5000 through its “Shaping Your Neighbourhood Funding” scheme to be used towards the acquisition of suitable rolling stock for the operation of a heritage railway service. It is a condition of the award that the Society must match the amount of the award, and have purchased the rolling stock by 31st March 2016.

With sufficient funds to match the amount awarded by Wyre Borough Council, the PWRS identified the heritage Class 108 Diesel Multiple Unit (built circa late 1950’s) as being the ideal type of rolling stock for our initial train service.

We need your help to pay for overhaul and transport costs which will be in the region of £18000. Please give as much as you can to ensure the Society can bring this DMU to North Fylde in the very near future.

If you would like to donate towards the overhaul, please complete the form below.

Eddie Fisher, President

Rolling Stock Fund (Donation Form)

 

 

Header photo of Class 108 DMU in original livery by Geof Sheppard (Own work). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Announcing our Sleeper appeal!

Reopening a railway line is a difficult project, the main ingredient being rail and sleepers.
Much of the line is usable however, we do need to replace a number of wooden sleepers and with this in mind the Society is launching its “Sponsor a sleeper to Fleetwood appeal”
We have a permanent way team in place and are now asking everyone to help by Sponsoring a sleeper.

sleeper appeal map

Four area’s require work and are shown on the accompanying map.
Thornton Station – 60
Hillylaid – 125
Burn Naze Loop – 25
Cala Gran – Jameson Rd – 150

The line beyond Jameson Rd Bridge requires completely rebuilding and will be the subject of a future appeal. This appeal will however ensure that the line reaches Fleetwood at the earliest opportunity and that we have a presence in the town (albeit the outskirts) from day one.

We are in the process of obtaining a lease on the railway and the funds raised by this appeal will be used to purchase new sleepers as and when required

Click the link below to download our form and sponsor a sleeper today!