Avon Valley Railway Heritage Trust

"Littleton No. 5" Restoration Appeal

We are raising funds to restore unique and historically-significant 1922 steam locomotive "Littleton No. 5", recently donated to our railway. The engine has a fascinating past and could have an exciting future, but first it needs an overhaul. This fund will enable us to begin that process.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1088545)

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Championed by National Lottery Heritage Fund


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Our unique 1922-built steam locomotive, “Littleton No. 5”, has not worked in nearly two decades, and its condition is deteriorating through lack of use. Unfortunately, while “Littleton” and the Trust’s other engines sit idle in the sidings, we have to hire other steam engines to pull our trains. The Avon Valley Railway wants to improve and expand, including an extension to Bath, but our ability to do so is hampered by the hire fees we must pay until our own engines are available.


"Littleton 5" will be sent to steam heritage experts The Flour Mill, to be stripped and assessed, enabling the creation of a detailed and accurately-costed restoration plan. This will enable funding bids to be prepared ensuring that the engine can be restored to working order as soon as possible without reducing the capacity of staff and volunteers at Bitton. "Littleton no.5" is very capable of meeting the AVR's current and future needs, and its return will significantly reduce hire fees.

  • A long-missed loco..... good to see it's not been forgotten!

    — Justin, AVR Facebook follower

  • "Littleton No. 5" is historic, powerful and unique, and she's just what we need as we look to extend and improve our railway.

    — Roger Eynon, Avon Valley Railway Heritage Trust Chairman

  • The big blue engine is my favourite - please make it go again!

    — Daisy, age 6, Avon Valley Railway visitor