We are a group of approximately 500 members and we own four standard gauge railway steam locomotives designed by the Great Western Railway. We are a private company limited by shares and all our members are shareholders.
Our origins go back to 1983/84 when two groups were created to assist the then recently re-opened West Somerset Railway (WSR) by providing steam motive power for use on the line between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead. Subsequently the two separate groups joined together as Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd.
Since 1995, when our first restoration was completed (7820, ‘Dinmore Manor’), two of our locomotives have been in service on the WSR. Once the heavy overhaul of 7820 is complete in early 2014 this loco will run on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway – but we do expect to pay a number of visits to other lines around the country.
All four engines have come to us in scrapyard condition – all have spent time in Barry – and we restore them to working order using a combination of our own volunteer labour and paid contractors. The funds needed have all been raised from money subscribed by our shareholders, from hire earnings of the locos and from donations. All our own input, whether administrative or practical, is given on a voluntary basis and all monies earned are ploughed back into the restoration and running of the locomotives.
Our aim is to have a stable of locos earning the funds to ensure an on-going, sustainable future for these wonderful examples of British Engineering and design. The locomotives require a heavy overhaul and boiler restoration at least every ten years - both costly undertakings. We believe the best way to ensure future viability is to have locos earning to pay for current work on other stock – in this way our restoration/overhaul funds are not eaten away by inflation as would happen if we built up a “sinking fund” during the working life of a loco.
We want to ensure that the “dream of steam” remains a reality for future generations.
Dinmore Manor Locomotive Limited - Company Number 03041778 Registered Office: 22 South Park, Minehead, TA24 8AL