About the Swanage Moguls Fund

The Swanage Moguls Fund has been established by the Swanage Railway Trust (registered charity 1087318) to raise money to support the overhaul and maintenance of three Southern Railway Steam Locomotives. The locos are N class 31874, U class 31806 and U class 31625. All Richard Maunsell designed Moguls dating from the 1920’s. Each one of the locos is unique in it’s own way and all have an interesting history. You can find out more about them on the ‘About The Locos’ page. 

Photograph courtesy of Jack Beeston.
31806 on a visit to NYMR in 2015. Photograph courtesy of Jack Beeston.

Our initial target is to raise £50,000 towards the overhaul of 31874, the last surviving N class loco left in existence. It hasn’t steamed for over 18 years and it was thought by many that it would never haul a train again. Now stripped down in the works of Swanage Railway in Dorset, it is being steadily repaired and reassembled by a small dedicated team to an engineering specification for Main Line use. Thanks to a tourism grant from DFT the Loco will be discreetly fitted with the latest mainline safety and communications equipment. 31874 Overhaul page has more information.

31874 in Herston Works around New Year
31874 in Herston Works around New Year 2016

Thanks to a generous grant from the Swanage Railway Trust and donations from private individuals, the overhaul is well on its way. Several problems including cracked frames have already been over come but the boiler still requires a lot work. The overhaul is expected to cost around £400,000 and we urgently need your help to make up the shortage of funds needed to return this unique and important loco to steam.

31806 is currently operational on Swanage Railway, being seen and enjoyed by the public. Meanwhile, U class 31625 is waiting her turn for an extensive overhaul which we expect will also cost between £300-400 Thousand. It is helping to raise awareness for the campaign by visiting the 2016 Great Dorset Steam fair and then by being displayed on the Swanage Railway.

31625 at the 2015 Great Dorset Steam Fair
31625 at the 2015 Great Dorset Steam Fair

Over the next 25 years each locomotive will require two “10 yearly” full overhauls. The estimated total cost of these is approximately £1.5million in today’s money. The Swanage Moguls Fund has been set up to raise money towards this. In the future funds may also be used to equip other locomotives for main line use or for running repairs. In the impossibly unlikely event that the funds raised exceed the amounts required for these purposes the Swanage Railway Trust will reallocate the surplus to other steam locomotive projects.

For more information please visit our Q & A page

The Swanage Railway Trust Website can be found here

How can you help?

  • Donate now using the button below or go to our donations page for other donation methods.
  • Come and join a working party to help with the overhaul of 31874. See Our Facebook page for details
  • Put a link to this website from a blog post, Facebook or other web page to help spread the word
  •  Join the Fund Raising team. For more information visit Swanage Moguls Fund Raising opportunities

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U Class 31806 hauls a demonstration freight between Corfe Castle and Norden Station


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