The General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society is run by an elected and or co-opted Committee of Trustees. The Committee meets every calendar month to oversee and manage the Society’s affairs, including Finance, Engineering, fundraising, marketing, public relations, working parties and volunteer liaison.
A number of the Trustees of the Society are also registered with Companies House as Directors of the General Steam Navigation Community Interest Company (CIC), Company Number 09894000, The CIC is the legal owner of the Locomotive. It is also the entity in which any member can also be a shareholder, see here for more details.
The Society could not though function without the dedicated support of a much larger group of volunteers, who come from all walks of life, many of whom are part of the ‘Working Party volunteers. We therefore encourage people of all ages, gender and abilities to join the Society and, if they so wish, become working members, to form the heart of General Steam Navigations future. The Society has always sought to be self-financing and as such donations, item sponsorships and CIC share applications are always welcome. Contact us here for more information on how to support the Society.
The Society’s aims and objectives are to restore 35011 to represent her original 1950s condition complete with air smoothed casing and Bulleid chain driven valve gear. In addition, we aim to provide education and learning to further railway heritage restoration.
We aim to lift the boiler in late summer/autumn 2020. This will enable work to start on the frames and bogies; the latter components being removed at the same time as the boiler lift takes place. We are now rapidly approaching the point where we require a qualified CME, (Chief Mechanical Engineer) to guide us through all the component part development including crank axle, chain driven valve gear & centre cylinder. We will also be opening discussions with Vehicle Acceptance Bodies, The Office of Rail and Road and potential Train Operating Companies which will require a suitably qualified person to lead these complex discussions. If you have relevant qualifications and/or experience for the CME role, or perhaps are aware of a suitable person, please contact our chairman Andrew Collett here