volunteering & DONATING

Achieving the goal of recreating a County will progress only as quickly as the cash-flow and labour force allows. So how can you help?

finish the job and complete the set!

We are launching a special fund to finish the project to see a Hawksworth County in steam for the first time since 1964! Please help us finish the ultimate GWR 2 cylinder 4-6-0.

DONATIONS

You may help towards the re-creation of 1014 County of Glamorgan by:

  1. Using the button above to donate on the Didcot Railway Centre page

  2. Completing a donation form to provide a regular income and/or making a donation and sending it to Richard Croucher, our Appeal Coordinator; or

  3. Giving a donation when visiting Didcot Railway Centre.

 

Anyone who contributes £1000 or more, either in one amount or by regular payment, will become a member of the County Partnership. County Partners will receive:

  • Opportunity to drive No.1014 at Didcot under supervision

  • Name to be recorded on a plaque

  • Priority booking on the inaugural run with No.1014. 

 

SPONSORSHIP 

If you or your organisation are interested in sponsoring any component, large or small, contact Richard Croucher or the Project Co-ordinator.

The latest list of items for which sponsorship or purchase and donation would be welcome include:

Locomotive

  • 6 loco coupled axle springs £800 each

  • 6 crank pins at £750 each (4 still available)

  • 2 connecting rod forgings £3500 each

  • 2 connecting rods machining £6700 each 

  • 2 coupling rod forgings trailing £2652 each

  • 2 coupling rod trailing machining  £7252 each

  • 2 coupling rod forgings front £3200 each

  • 2 coupling rod front machining  £7440 - SPONSORED

  • 3 Piston rod casting complete with piston rings £3702 each

  • 3 Piston valve rod complete with piston rings £4638 each

  • 2 Pistons £320 each

  • 4 Slidebars £1,200 each

  • 2 Crossheads £2000 each -  SPONSORED

 

Boiler

  • Palm Stay Pattern £1,000

  • Palm Stays £165 each

  • Palm Stays - Casting £100

  • Palm Stays - Machining £500

  • Rivet £5 each (thousands required)

  • Bolt £1 (Many required)

  • Superheater - Pattern £2,500 (1 required)

  • Superheater - Casting £2,000 (1 required)

  • Superheater - Machining £2,000 (1 required)

  • 324 Crown Stays £50 each

  • Main Steam Pipe £3,000 (1 required)

  • Transverse Stays £300 each (30 required)

  • 2 Fusible Plugs plus 2 spares £50 each

  • Outside steam pipe casting £288 each

  • Tubeplate £7000

 

Tender

  • 2 Pullrods £1800 each

 

Volunteering

Alternatively, offers of help as a voluntary nature either on the administration or the engineering side, would be gratefully accepted too. In particular, we are currently looking for the following skills:


Machinist 

The County Project urgently needs to recruit another machinist who must be able to operate traditional machine tools, (i.e. without CNC) and work with non-ferrous, cast iron, and steel to a high degree of accuracy, often without formal drawings.  Having a home workshop would be a great advantage. 

Ideally living within a sensible commute from Didcot Railway Centre, they must understand AutoCAD as well as traditional GW drawings, be prepared to join the Society, commit to the project, obey certain simple rules particularly in the area of Occupational Health and Safety, and be comfortable multi-skilling and working as a team player. 

We are looking for attendance at Didcot every other Saturday – sometimes weekly at various times in the project.  However, we do acknowledge the occasional need for the other essential events of life!  The vacancy is available now.  If you are interested, please use the email at the bottom of the page.

Welder

To work with our lead welder, the County Project urgently needs to recruit a second welder who must be proficient mainly in sheet steel fabrication, using both rod and MIG, although they would also be required to fabricate, repair and modify non-sheet steel parts.  A coded pipe qualification, or suitable experience, would be a bonus. 

Ideally living within a sensible commute from Didcot Railway Centre, they must be prepared to join the Society, commit to the project, obey certain simple rules particularly in the area of Occupational Health and Safety, and be comfortable multi-skilling and working as a team player. 

We are looking for attendance at Didcot every other Saturday – sometimes weekly at various times in the project.  However, we do acknowledge the occasional need for the other essential events of life!  The vacancy is available now.  If you are interested, please use the email at the bottom of the page.

General volunteering opportunities

The Project is desperately short of personnel to do the ordinary jobs such as using a spanner or a paintbrush. If you are interested, please  email, or simply attend Didcot Railway Centre on a working Saturday!

Working days for the year will be the following Saturdays, starting at 09.00:

  • Every other Saturday starting 8th September 2018

  • There will also be some work weekends for special projects - these dates are to be advised and will mainly involve specialist teams assembled for the tasks by the Project Manager. 

  • On most 'non-working' Saturdays there is likely to be some presence.

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GET IN TOUCH:

Tel: +44 (0)1235 817200

Email: County1014@gmail.com

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