It is no secret that steam locomotive overhauls, which must usually be carried out after ten years in service, are a very expensive job. The entire engine must be dismantled for inspection, and worn parts refurbished and made new.

We are quite fortunate that "Newstead's" previous owner took good care of the engine, however there is still a lot to do. For example, all the boiler tubes will need to be replaced, and new parts purchased to complete the vacuum braking system required to allow the engine to pull passenger trains. As "Newstead" has only steamed a few times since her repairs at Suffolk Steam in the 1980s, everything will also need to be checked against modern standards before she can be allowed to operate.

If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the overhaul, we would be delighted to hear from you. No amount is too small, and will be gratefully received.

"Newstead's" original name plates were lost when she was still in industrial use, and were replaced with simple plates of metal with her name painted on. Sadly, these are corroded and worn, and no longer fit for purpose. Equally, one of the work's plates was also taken; this is on record as having been sold at an auction in 2002, but its current whereabouts remains unknown.

We have a quote to cast new plates in brass, and we are now looking to raise £850 to cover the costs of the order. Any size of donation is welcome, but anyone donating £53 or more (the approximate cost of one letter on the nameplates) will receive an invitation for a ride on the footplate when the engine re-enters service.

Of course, you may wish to contribute a larger sum; we're looking at what we can offer to thank anyone who would like to make such a donation, but in the meantime, please send us an email to discuss options..