The General Steam Navigation C.I.C. is now offering our supporters the opportunity to purchase shares in the locomotive. Shares are sold in blocks of 250 by £1 shares which can be purchased directly, via standing order or PayPal.

What will you get for your money?

  • Choice of 1 of 3 Stuart Black exclusive portraits of General Steam Navigation in her various conditions
  • One Ticket behind General Steam Navigations first passenger service
  • First choice of components to sponsor
  • Invitation to our yearly shareholder’s day and all open workshop events

For members who purchase more than one block the Company has created some extra rewards to thank them.


  • Tickets for four people to ride on General Steam Navigations first passenger service
  • The remaining 2 Stuart Black portraits to add to your collection


  • Footplate ride on General Steam Navigation


  • Name engraved on the roll of honour plate inside General Steam Navigations cab
  • Chance to drive General Steam Navigation

Purchasing Shares

Presently we have two ways members can purchase shares. For those who wish to pay for shares in instalments you will need to complete a Postal Shares Application.


The only current option for people to purchase shares online is through a direct bank transfer using online banking. This option is only available for those who can pay for the total value of the shares at the time of purchase. Please contact us through this website or our social media if wish to take this option.


To purchase shares via the post all you have to do is print out the standing mandate which can be found by clicking the link below, complete the application and post it to the address shown on the form for his attention.

Questions frequently asked:

Q: How much does a share cost?


Q: How many shares can I buy?

As many as you want. There is no practical limit, although the directors have the power to decline an application for shares if it has the potential to disturb the balance of power amongst the other shareholders.

Q: Can I pay by instalments?

Yes. The minimum is £10 per month or any higher amount you choose in multiples of £5.  We ask you to complete a Bank Standing Order with the amount you would like to pay.

Q: Will I receive a dividend on my shares?

No. We are not aiming to make a profit. Everything will go back into the locomotive as restoration and operation is an expensive business. However there are other benefits.   

Q: Can I buy shares for other people?

Yes. You can buy shares for any person you wish to name. Shares in a steam locomotive make great presents for husbands, sons, fathers, brothers, and uncles. We also have a considerable number of lady shareholders as well.   

Q: Can the shares be traded?

There is no open market for shares in General Steam Navigation C.I.C., but they can be transferred from one person to another on whatever basis they may privately agree.

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