Our Class 52 D1010 WESTERN CAMPAIGNER is currently undergoing a major overhaul at our Williton base on the West Somerset Railway and WE NEED YOUR HELP to progress with the work so that we can get this iconic locomotive back to full working order.
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We launched the D1010 RESTORATION APPEAL in July 2021 and so far we have raised more than £20,000 in donations and financial support pledges that have allowed us to make a very positive start on the restoration work. WE NEED MORE HELP so we are now offering a sponsorship scheme where YOU can donate to a specific aspect of the restoration program and can GET RECOGNITION FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

In return for donations to the CAMPAIGN for CAMPAIGNER that accumulate to £25 or more, we will allocate a patch or a part that is being restored and allocate a number to it. We will then maintain a record of your support because your support is what allowed that part to be repaired or replaced.

YOUR NAME will be engraved on the patch or part (whenever possible) and also recorded on the drawings. You will receive a digital photograph of your patch or part in situ on the loco. If you choose to remain anonymous, a unique numeric reference will be engraved and recorded instead.

To start this campaign, we are offering SPONSOR A PATCH where the many separately definable areas of repaired bodywork and sub-structure will be allocated a number and made available for sponsorship, starting with £25 for the smallest and simplest patch and increasing pro-rata depending on the size and complexity of the patch or part. Note that a large patch or part may have multiple sponsors. This allocation is at the discretion of the DEPG.

In the near future, we will be extending the scheme to include sponsorship of radiator elements that need repairing and sponsorship of bearings and suspension parts such as springs and bushes, then other parts.

This is an opportunity for you to directly connect with this celebrity locomotive and to identify the exact place on the loco where your donation made the difference.

We will prepare drawings that show exactly where each sponsored part is located and these drawings will be made available at our depot on open days and loco running days. Your name will be included on the drawing index (or your unique numeric reference, if you choose to remain anonymous).

With this scheme, we intend to ensure that the restoration of D1010 proceeds apace and that we can cross every bridge that we come to, in the confidence that you and your fellow supporters will continue to donate to get this much-loved loco BACK IN BUSINESS !

Thank you very much !

NOTE: We are in the process of adding the Gift Aid options to JustGiving but it takes some time to get HMRC approval for JustGiving to act as an agent for the DEPG. Meanwhile, if your donation is eligible for Gift Aid, please email and we will respond with the eligibility questions. Gift Aid is a valuable additional donation so please take a moment to do this if you can.

To ensure that we engrave your name or message as you wish to see it, please email your instructions to

Thanks again for supporting the CAMPAIGN for CAMPAIGNER !

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The Diesel and Electric Preservation Group was formed with the aim of preserving diesel locomotives for the purpose of educating the public about the history of diesel locomotive development, particularly as it relates to the south-western region of the UK.

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