‘Cumbrian Hoovers’ - April 14th 2018
Join us for a double-headed Class 50 tour over the Settle & Carlisle and Cumbrian Coast Lines.CONTINUING the celebrations to mark 50 years of the Class 50s, Rail Express has teamed up with Pathfinder Tours, Riviera Trains, GB Railfreight and the Class 50 Alliance to run a charter from Birmingham to Carlisle on April 14, 2018. The outbound trip will be via Wigan, Blackburn and the Settle & Carlisle Line, with the return via the Cumbrian Coast Line and Barrow.
To book, please visit Pathfinder Tours
Severn Valley Class 50 Celebration - Oct 4/5/6 2018
Big news! The home of our fleet for many years, the SVR have announced a 50th Anniversary Class 50 Gala for 2018. The event will run from October 4th to 6th, and will feature both the home fleet of 50's and a number of visiting locos. The aim is to have no less than 10 working class members at the event, so be sure to put it in your diary early.
See you there!
End of Season Thanks.
Following a hugely successful season in 2017 our running for the year is all but done, and the loco's will be winterised. That doesn't mean that everything goes quiet though. Oh no... In fact, it probably means that the group of brave souls that keep these machines going will be busier than ever getting them ready for next season. Who knows... 44 might even make an appearance!
Next year is the 50th anniversary of most of the class entering traffic, so there will be an awful lot of events to come, mainline tours to support, and no doubt anniversary merchandise to spend your hard earned on. Watch this space for news of what is to come.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the guys that turn out come rain or shine and give their time, so we offer our sincere thanks to our orange army. They are by no means alone, however. We also owe a thankyou too all of you that have bought shares, spent a few quid at the sales stand, or even just turned out to support one of our running days. Every one of you helps to make all this possible.
Urgent Fundraising Appeal - 50007!
The Class 50 Alliance (C50A) has completed the acquisition of diesel electric locomotive 50007 Hercules, from Neil Boden, for mainline contract work.
“The purchase has only been possible thanks to the tremendous generosity of Phil Swallow and a small number of our existing shareholders, who have kindly provided the finance necessary to secure 50007. The C50A has to repay this loan over the next two years, and we’re now embarking on a major fund raising campaign to encourage shareholders old and new to become part-owners in not only Hercules, but the rest of the fleet.
Have you considered setting up a Standing Order with us? Even a few pounds a month is invaluable to us for the maintenance of our locomotives. Click here to download an SO form:
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Photo: Ade Holman
The Fifty Fund is the support and fundraising arm of the Class 50 Alliance. Its main aims are to raise funds for, and promoting interest in, the locomotives owned by the Class 50 Alliance and operated by Class Fifty Operations Ltd. We currently have five class fifty locomotives in our care: 50007, 50031, 50035, 50044 and 50049. This website provides:
- details of our activities,
- individual histories of our engines,
- instructions on how to join The Fifty Fund.
- access to allow you to join our e-mail list, our facebook page, and our twitter feed to stay up to date with all the latest info.
As this is a new build site, some of the pages are a little bare at the moment, and most of the archive is missing. It will all be added as time allows, so do visit regularly.
We hope you enjoy your visit and find it a useful reference.