4150 Locomotive Fund

Recent Newsletters

Catch up with the latest 4150 Fund news:


July 2024

4150 evening Train

June 2024

June 2024 Restoration update - we are making good progress on the fireman’s side tank which is now in undercoat, and temporary back on the loco...

May 2024

May 2024 Restoration update - the fireman’s side tank has successfully been filled with water and is now in the paint shop...

April 2024

April 2024 Restoration update - lots of progress again this month...

March 2024

March 2024 Restoration update - the good news this month is that the fireman’s side tank is in the final stages of assembly...

February 2024

February 2024 Restoration update - this month's work on the fireman side tank has moved on, with the riveting on the fireman’s side all but complete...

January 2024

January 2024 Restoration update - we got off to a good start to the year...

December 2023

December 2023 Restoration update - Season's greetings and another busy monthe at Bridgnorth...

November 2023

November 2023 Restoration update - further work on the regulator box and fittings...

October 2023

October 2023 Restoration update - riveting the tanks is progressing well in the boilershop...

September 2023

September 2023 Restoration update - this month work is continuing on several fronts including hydraulic testing the superheater header and regulator box...

August 2023

August 2023 Restoration update - some really good news to start this month’s update, the first tank has gone into the boilershop and the riveting has started...

July 2023

July 2023 Restoration update - work has continued this month on several fronts...

June 2023

June 2023 Restoration update - another month has gone by, we are still making progress towards the day the loco is steamed for the first time...

May 2023

May 2023 Restoration update - another good month, chimney on, blast pipe in, vacuum pipe in the cab done and lots of paint...


April 2023

April 2023 Restoration update - a lot of the small fitting jobs this month...

March 2023

March 2023 Restoration update - painting and pipework this month...

February 2023

February 2023 Restoration update - the good work at Bridgnorth continues...

January 2023

January 2023 Restoration update - a good start to the New Year...

December 2022

December 2022 Restoration update - a significant milestone, the boiler goes back in the frames!

November 2022

November 2022 Restoration update - further progress in the boilershop.

October 2022

October 2022 Restoration update - further excellent progress in the boilershop.

September 2022

September 2022 Restoration update - all the tubes are in!

August 2022

August 2022 Restoration update - news update of the ongoing progress at Bridgnorth...

July 2022

July 2022 Restoration update - news of the ongoing progress at Bridgnorth...

June 2022

June 2022 Restoration update - more news of the ongoing progress at Bridgnorth...

May 2022

May 2022 Restoration update - we're pleased to report on the continuing progress at Bridgnorth...

April 2022

April 2022 Restoration update - another busy month and the loco is a Prairie again...

March 2022

March 2022 Restoration update - another month with more bits back on the loco...

February 2022

February 2022 Restoration update - another busy month reassembling the loco...

January 2022

January 2022 Restoration update - a significant stage of re-assembly this month...

December 2021

December 2021 Restoration update - although a short month, a lot has been done...

November 2021

November 2021 Restoration update - another busy month at Bridgnorth...

October 2021

October 2021 Restoration update - more significant progress at Bridgnorth...

September 2021

September 2021 Restoration update - September has carried on as August left off...

August 2021 - part 2

August 2021 Restoration update part 2 - even more progress to report this month...

August 2021

August 2021 Restoration update - while not a lot was happening at Bridgnorth during July, August on the other hand has got off to a flying start...

June 2021

June 2021 Restoration update - the boiler's progressing well at Bridgnorth...

May 2021

May 2021 Restoration update - settling in at Bridgnorth...

April 2021

April 2021 Restoration update - And off to Bridgnorth!

March 2021

March 2021 Restoration update - The grand shunt...

February 2021

February 2021 Restoration update - First the good news...

January 2021

January 2021 Restoration update - Well, what a start to the new year...

December 2020

December 2020 Restoration update - Time has flown by this year...

November 2020

November 2020 Restoration update - it is November already...

October 2020

October 2020 Restoration update - the great tidy-up...

September 2020

September 2020 Restoration update - back at work, take 2!!

August 2020

August 2020 Restoration update - work's on hold again at Bewdley but the boiler is progressing well at Bridgnorth...

July 2020

July 2020 Restoration update - The boys are back! At 10 am on Monday 6th July we started back at Bewdley...

June 2020

June 2020 Restoration update - Well there is some good news at last, there's a plan for us to get back to work...

Frank Walker

It is with sadness that we have to report the death of Frank Walker, at the young age of 47. Frank was a active member of Bridgnorth MPD and was a Committee member of the fund for a couple of years.

A JustGiving page has been set up in Franks memory, being split between the 4150 Fund and Mind. If you would like to help please follow this link. We send our condolences to his family.


May 2020

May 2020 Restoration update - we are doing our best to keep things moving during lockdown...

April 2020

April 2020 Restoration update - work has continued on the chassis at Bewdley until we've had to pause for now. But the full-time staff at Bridgnorth boilershop continue fitting the new crown stays in the boiler.

The web edition of the The 4150 Fund's 2020 Newsletter is now available.

March 2020

March 2020 Restoration Update - As the majority of the boy’s are of a certain age(!) and following government advice, we have called a halt to working parties at Bewdley for the time being, but we will review this every week.

Share Application form

We have an updated Share Application form as we can now claim gift aid.

Giftaid It

John Whitcomb

14th December 2019

It is with the utmost regret that we learned this weekend that John Whitcomb, our Treasurer, had died suddenly at his home in Staines.

This is a profound shock to the Fund as it will be to the other groups on the Severn Valley Railway for whom John had dedicated so much of his life.

We know you will join with us in sending our deepest condolences to his family.

John Whitcomb

John Whitcomb.

October 2019

October 2019 Restoration Update - Work on the boiler at Bridgnorth continues at a rapid rate, with all small stays replaced, and the longer crown stays removed and holes tapped. Work at Bewdley has included removal of the rear frame stretcher, further fabrication of cylinder and valve cladding, pipework (including machining of new brass flanges for the copper pipes), and the application of much paint.

August 2019

August 2019 Restoration Update - At Bridgnorth, work on the boiler continues to proceed at a rapid pace, thanks to an effective combination of volunteers and boiler shop staff. At Bewdley, work continues on the bunker (now virtually complete), the cylinder and valve cladding, and the cab floor. The new steel pipework (steam heat, vacuum and injector delivery) is substantially complete, and we are now having to master the art of copper pipe bending, for pipes to the water valves and injectors.

June 2019

June 2019 Restoration update - Rapid progress is being made on the boiler at Bridgnorth, and at Bewdley with the bunker virtually complete, work is currently centred on cylinder and valve cladding and pipework.

April 2019

April 2019 Restoration update - Work on the boiler at Bridgnorth is progressing rapidly, while work at Bewdley has concentrated on completing as much of the cab area as is possible without the boiler in place, and on completing the vacuum and steam heat pipework under the loco.

February 2019

February 2019 Restoration update - Work at Bewdley during the winter has concentrated on the cab and bunker area (well protected from the weather!), while at Bridgnorth firebox stay removal and reaming have been the priority.

The web edition of the The 4150 Fund's 2019 Newsletter is now available.

November 2018

November 2018 Restoration update - We're pleased to report that the boiler is now inside the boiler shop at Bridgnorth and being worked on, initially largely by 4150 Fund volunteers. At Bewdley, we are concentrating on cab roof alignment and pipework.

September 2018

September 2018 Restoration update - With the boiler soon to enter the boilershop at Bridgnorth, work continues on the loco at Bewdley.

July 2018

July 2018 Restoration update - We are pleased to report that 4150's boiler has been successfully moved to Bridgnorth. Meanwhile, work continues on the rest of the loco at Bewdley.

April 2018

April 2018 Restoration update - With the boiler due to go up to Bridgnorth shortly, preliminary work on drilling out the steel firebox stays is progressing well. With the tanks, bunker and cab roof in place on the frames, as many cab fittings as possible are being trial-fitted, though those mounted on the firebox will have to await completion of the boiler overhaul.

March 2018

The web edition of the The 4150 Fund's 2018 Newsletter is now available.

January 2018

January 2018 Restoration update - with the boiler cladding now complete, we're catching up with various other items and fittings.

October 2017

October 2017 Restoration update - with the boiler and firebox cladding now virtually complete.

August 2017

August 2017 Restoration update - we've been concentrating on the boiler and firebox cladding.

April 2017

April 2017 Restoration update - the big lift!

March 2017

March 2017 Restoration update - preparation for the big lift.

February 2017

The web edition of the The 4150 Fund's 2017 Newsletter is now available.

December 2016

December 2016 Restoration update - with Seasons Greetings to all our supporters!

September 2016

September 2016 Restoration update - the side tanks reassembled ready for final riveting.

April 2016

April 2016 Restoration update - an update of recent progress on 4150 with the bunker very much on the home straight!

March 2016

Sponsorship Update

Last year we asked for sponsorship to help with funds in anticipation of our boiler going to Bridgnorth boiler shop for overhaul. This has proved very popular and the team are very grateful and encouraged by your support .

These items are still available, with some further additions. All items are permanent, very visible and can be identified from the platform.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

February 2016

The web edition of the The 4150 Fund's 2016 Newsletter is now available.

Peep Behind the Scenes 2016 - a date for the diary: this year's Peep Behind the Scenes will be held July 16th 2016.

We've also updated the Share Application Form linked from the How to Help page. All new share applications will be most welcome as we prepare for the final big push - the boiler overhaul at Bridgnorth.

July 2015

Restoration update

July 2015 Restoration update - most of the construction works for the side tanks and bunker is now complete and we are now preparing the individual parts for riveting.

June 2015

Sponsorship Update

Earlier this year we asked for sponsorship to help with funds in anticipation of our boiler going to Bridgnorth boiler shop for overhaul. This has proved very popular and the team are very grateful and encouraged by your support .

These items are still available, with some further additions. All items are permanent, very visible and can be identified from the platform.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

March 2015

Our 2015 Newsletter is now available:

2015 Newsletter - web edition

February 2015

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December 2014

Restoration update - a look at some of the detailed work in and around the side tanks.

October 2014

Restoration update - the side tanks are well advanced now.

Brake Van Tours


Our first Shareholders brake van trip on 30th August 2014 was a sell out. More trips are planned for 2015 which will be advertised to shareholders first. More video and photos from the day.


Our 2014 Newsletter is now available:

2014 Newsletter - web edition

August 2014

Restoration update - continuing excellent progress with the construction of the side tanks.

April 2014

Restoration update - progress with the ongoing construction of the new side tanks.

October 2013

Restoration update - progress with the construction of the new side tanks.

June 2013

Restoration update - further progress with the construction of the new side tanks.

May 2013


Our last two Newsletters are now available:

April 2013

Restoration update..

November 2012

Restoration update..

June 2012

Restoration update.

February 2012

Restoration update

January 2012

2011 Engineering Report

November 2011

Restoration update.

July 2011

Restoration update.

June 2011

Restoration update.

January 2011

2010 Engineering Report

November 2010

Restoration progress.

September 2010

Restoration progress