Restore a 8F Steam Locomotive 45170

for Scottish Railway Preservation Society

£646.00 + £95.00 Gift Aid = £741.00
Donated to Restore a 8F Steam Locomotive 45170’s £0.00 Goal

The Challenge

To restore to full running condition Stanier 8f 45170 named after the late SRPS President, ‘Sir William McAlpine’. When restored ‘Sir William McAlpine’ will not only run on the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway (BKR) but it is hoped that it will travel throughout the UK visiting other preserved lines.

The Appeal

This appeal is to raise funds to restore this wonderful engine for future generations. Please join us by making a ‘one off’ donation or better still, become a ‘regular monthly donator / Covenantor’. We are targeting a total fund in excess of £350,000 which not only has purchased the loco but is allowing restoration work to proceed and ultimately return to steam. This is not an insurmountable amount as we have seen by the hugely generous donations which total over £175,900 at 1 July 2019! We are half way… us get to the end.

The History

Built by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow this locomotive was first steamed on 28th February 1942 at the peak of WW2. It was then loaned by the Ministry of Supply (War Department) to the LMS before being converted to right hand drive and shipped to Turkey in 1943 as part of a step to ensure Turkey’s ongoing assistance to the allies in the war effort. Locally known in Turkey as a ‘Churchill’ she saw service under the number 45170. She was saved from the cutters torch in 2010 and returned to the UK and subsequently purchased by the SRPS. She is currently at the Museum of Scottish Railways at Bo’ness where the overhaul has commenced.

We cannot thank you enough for your donations and please know that every penny counts. There is no donation to small or too large! This is a huge opportunity for Scottish preservation and one that we are determined to take advantage off. 

In the event of insufficient funds being raised to make the 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 the one you have chosen.

Conversely should the appeal become over subscribed, your donation will be held in the project fund for use in future maintenance and repairs.

More details of the overhaul progress can be found at

All funds raised will be passed to Scottish Railway Preservation Society irrespective of whether our appeal target is reached, not reached or exceeded. If funds are being raised for a specific purpose and, for whatever reason, this purpose is no longer valid, the funds will be transferred to the charity for general use.

The charity

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society operates both the Museum of Scottish Railways and the 5 mile heritage Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway.  The Museum collection of railway locomotives, carriages, wagons and other artefacts is recognised by Museum Galleries Scotland to be of national significance.

The SRPS has over 400 active volunteers, who in addition to running the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway and the Museum of Scottish Railways are undertaking a number of ambitious projects including the restoration of several steam locomotive and heritage carriages.

Please support the SRPS and its projects by making a donation to the fundraising page for the General Fund or to one of the specific project appeals. Scroll down, select your chosen appeal and click on the "Donate now" button.

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