Skip to main content
Nene Valley Railway
Nene Valley Railway
Derek Crouch

Derek Crouch

Why we need your help



The Small Loco Group was set up in 2012 to preserve and restore the smaller steam locomotives based at the Nene Valley Railway.


We are planning to restore Hudswell Clarke no.1539 ‘Derek Crouch’ to running order, which is a highly historical locomotive to the railway, having pulled the first train along the line in preservation on the 7th April 1974from the Peterborough Railway Society base at the sugar beet factory to Wansford and return.


2024 sees the 50th anniversary of this historic and pioneering run, and is also the same year that the loco will celebrate its 100th birthday, and we aim to have the locomotive in steam for both of these events.


All the work carried out is by volunteers, and this is also planned to be the first full boiler overhaul carried out at the railway, which in itself will be a major milestone for the NVR, and help to develop the skill set in the Mechanical engineering department.


The group is made up mainly of younger volunteers aged between 18-30, and is planning to pass on the skills and knowledge to these younger volunteers to help keep the locomotives of the NVR running into the future.


All donations are gratefully received and all help towards returning ‘Derek Crouch’ to steam, and ensuring the future skill set of the NVR.




Thankyou for your support!


raised towards 25,000.00 target


Spread the word

Url copied

 This campaign is now closed, and no longer accepting donations.

How you can support us

Make a donation

Select the amount you'd like to give or fundraise towards


Nov 17, 2021


(plus 5.00 giftaid)


Total raised so far


Total plus Gift Aid 3,025.00

Direct donations


Raised offline 3,000.00

Fundraising pages


Back to Top