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The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust

Donating

If you would like to support The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust by making a single donation please complete and return this donation form, using the single donation section or use the DONATE button, which takes you to the online Charity Checkout (is a charity payment solution that enables small and medium sized charities to accept donations online).

Note: For a single donation, when asked "How often do you want to give?", use the downarrow to select 'One-off'. 

Completion of this form for regular contributions enables to you to gain the full benefits of membership of The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust - please see the membership page.

B17 SLT 2021 Grand Prize Draw - Raffle Draw results

The draw for the 2021 B17 SLT Grand Prize Draw was held at Loughborough Central station on 20 November 2021 at the Great Central Railway's 'Last Hurrah'.

The winners of the 2021 Grand Prize Draw held at Loughborough Central station on Saturday 21 November are:

First Prize       -    £250      Richard Munns, ticket number 1173

Second Prize  -    £150     Winner has asked to remain unnamed, ticket number 1964

Third Prize      -    £100      Frank Carter, ticket number 2754

First Special Prize - Greater Anglia 1st Class Tickets - Mo Smale, ticket number 2258

Second Special Prize - Footplate Ride on the Nene Valley Railway - Peter Wiseman, ticket number 0832 

Congratulations to the winners!

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Put A Spring In Our Step

Springs Appeal 150422

Following on from the incredible success of the “Who Will Put A Spoke In My Wheel” initiative, we are now pleased to ask you to “Put A Spring In Our Step”. This is to raise the funds necessary to have the main locomotive driving wheel springs fabricated – the likely cost of each spring assembly is estimated at £5,240, so with six springs needed simple arithmetic tells you we are needing to raise at least £31,440 to have them all made. The idea is that you will be able to sponsor an inch of spring for just £10 – obviously you can sponsor as many inches as you want.

If you can make a contribution to the Fund, please send your donation made out to The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust, c/o 171 Clifton Road, Shefford, Bedfordshire SG17 5AG marking the envelope for 'Spring In Our Step Appeal'.

Alternatively, contribute by direct bank transfer to B17 SLT, Account Number: 53357821, Sort Code: 20-41-12, reference Spring Appeal.

Boiler Deposit Fund

Started in late 2021, this fund has a target of £70,000. This is the amount needed to place a 10% deposit with our selected boiler manufacturer, who requires a deposit so that we can be placed on the waiting list for boiler manufacture. As of February 2022, the fund had reached £23000+.

If you can make a contribution to the Fund, please send your donation made out to The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust, c/o 171 Clifton Road, Shefford, Bedfordshire SG17 5AG marking the envelope for 'Boiler Deposit Fund'.

Alternatively, contribute by direct bank transfer to B17 SLT, Account Number: 53357821, Sort Code: 20-41-12, reference Boiler Deposit.

Chassis Completion Fund

As it says on the tin! We have the Static Chassis approved for main line running. We have the castings for the Driving Wheels, the Hornblocks, the Cannon Axleboxes, and the Coupled Axleboxes. We have ordered the Tyre forgings and the Plain Axle forgings, and are shortly to order the Coupled Axle forgings for the Crank pin and the Crank Axle Stubs. But there is plenty left to buy, to machine and pay for to get the entire chassis rolling.

If you can make a contribution to the Fund, please send your donation made out to The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust, c/o 171 Clifton Road, Shefford, Bedfordshire SG17 5AG marking the envelope for 'Chassis Completion Fund'.

Alternatively, contribute by direct bank transfer to B17 SLT, Account Number: 53357821, Sort Code: 20-41-12, reference Chassis Completion.

B17 SLT Nuts and Bolts Appeal

This appeal was launched in the Spring 2020 newsletter, asking everyone to save their small change in a convenient container in order to help pay for the nuts and bolts and small fixings needed in constructing 61673 ‘Spirit of Sandringham’. We hope that everyone could participate in this Appeal, as we need a lot of small fixings in the construction process and many have to be individually made. If you would like a label for your container advertising the Appeal, please phone 07749 317373 or e-mail your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Members will know that we have already received donations to the Appeal and we will keep you in touch with the total raised in the newsletters and on the website.

2022 Raffle - Tickets are available from all shows and Steam Galas attended.

Grand Prize Draw – Tickets Now Available

 Help us raise much needed funds for our project and buy tickets for our 2022 Grand Prize Draw.

Prizes are as follows:

  • Cash Prizes of £250, £150 and £100 respectively
  • Day Return Tickets for a family of four on the Greater Anglia network
  • Footplate Ride on the Great Central Railway

Tickets which cost £1 each can be bought at most of the events we attend (see Events Calendar).

The draw will take place on Saturday 19 November 2022 – venue to be advised at a later date.

Terms and Conditions of the Draw

Promotor: Richard Taylor

Date of Draw: Saturday 19 November 2022 

Each winner will be contacted initially by telephone or at the email or other address shown on the winning ticket stub within 7 days of the draw and receive written confirmation thereafter.

The result will be announced via the Trust website www.b17steamloco.com within 7 days of the draw taking place.

Minimum age of participants: 16 yrs

The Draw is registered under the Gambling Act 2005 with Central Bedfordshire Council. Licence no. 1446