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City of Wells by Liam Barnes

Over the past two years we have been honoured to host Ex-Southern Railway Bulleid Light Pacific No. 34092 "City of Wells". Since her arrival at the East Lancashire Railway in July 2015, following a comprehensive overhaul, "Wells" has been a strong stalwart of our locomotive line-up. Come rain or shine, from snowy Santa Specials and haunted Halloween services to Steam Galas and luxury diners, "Wells" has proudly represented the ELR and done her bit for our cause and community. The locomotive has been such a mainstay of our work here that we would like to offer her a permanent home on the ELR.

Recently this beautiful engine has been put up for sale by her owners, her future destiny put in doubt, and we would be thrilled to add her strength to our own, increasing our own resources and resilience whilst at the same time providing what will be a loving home for an iconic engine. Negotiations with the owners have seen an agreement reached for the ELR to purchase 34092, but we need your help to assist us in funding this acquisition, which will strengthen the railway's permanent fleet of home-based steam locomotives.

We have launched our "A Home for Wells" appeal to raise £340,920 towards the costs of purchasing 34092, enabling us to offer "Wells" the home she deserves at our railway. This is why we need to call upon the help of our ever present ELR family, volunteers and visitors alike, to support this cause.

Find out how you can be a part of this project here!

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