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The Scottish Railway Preservation Society
The Scottish Railway Preservation Society
D49 Morayshire - 'Back on the Rails'

D49 Morayshire - 'Back on the Rails'

Why we need your help

A Troubled Overhaul

In 2016 the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) commissioned a major overhaul of D49 No. 246 ‘Morayshire’.  Distressingly, this work was not completed by the contractor and the locomotive was evicted from their site with two weeks’ notice.

Help us put Morayshire ‘BACK ON THE RAILS

There is a pressing need for funding to complete the overhaul of this unique locomotive.  The SRPS’s finances were fully committed before the demands of the Covid-19 closure and are under even greater strain now. We need in excess of £100,000 to finish the mechanical work and boiler.  The first step is to engage a contractor to complete the locomotive to a rolling chassis to make it easier to transport her back to Bo’ness.  Once home, we can finish the overhaul of the ‘locomotive’, repair the tender and return the engine to service.

Morayshire will be returned to service in LNER lined green and will initially run at the award-winning Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, near Edinburgh. We are also keen that steam enthusiasts will be able to see 246 “Morayshire” on other heritage railways around Great Britain, when once again her approach will excite old and young as they soak up the atmosphere through the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear.

In the event of insufficient funds being raised to make this project financially viable or the Society being otherwise unable to go ahead and complete the project, your donation will be put to a project most closely resembling this one. Conversely should the appeal become over subscribed, your donation will be held in the project fund for use in future developments.


raised towards 100,000.00 target


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D49 Weight loss team

D49 Weight loss team

SRPS Steam Group

2-4-6 8 Who's Going to Lose the Weight


Sep 13, 2021


A donation from Darlington, home of the Shires!

(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Aug 27, 2021

John Carr

Pity SRPS has to make this appeal when those responsible for incompetent management and lack of quality control escape unscathed. They bankrupted their own railway they left others seriously out of pocket too. Let's hope we can see 246 steaming soon.

(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Aug 09, 2021



Aug 04, 2021

Tom Wright

(plus 112.50 giftaid)

Jul 12, 2021

Chris Cairns

(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Jul 08, 2021


Towards the driving crank pin thrust washers

(plus 62.50 giftaid)

Jul 06, 2021

Paul Lewin

This is a donation to the Morayshire fund from Ffestiniog Railway thanking the fund for support with injector problems for our own historic loco overhaul


Jun 23, 2021

Tim Beesley

(plus 6.25 giftaid)

Jun 23, 2021


A lost bet on whether 419's r/h piston liner had moved.

(plus 6.25 giftaid)

Jun 05, 2021




Total raised so far


Total plus Gift Aid 29,578.13

Direct donations


Raised offline 18,820.50

Fundraising pages


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