Phyllis Rampton Narrow Gauge Railway Trust
Locomotive Margaret, owned by the Vale of Rheidol Railway outside the locomotive workshops in Aberystwyth
The Phyllis Rampton Narrow Gauge Railway Trust is a British charity which is registered with the British Charity Commission as 292240 under the classification of "Education/Training Environment/Conservation/Heritage". The Trust is the 100% shareholder of the Vale of Rheidol Railway in Wales and was established to both protect the future of the railway and provide funds to build a museum at Aberystwyth station.
Policy and objectives
The Trust's 2006 annual report states:
The objectives shall be to preserve, exhibit, display and loan for demonstration for the public benefit and for the advancement of technical, historical and general education, steam and other railway locomotives, rolling stock, equipment, machines and relics which are historical, operational and of general interest and in addition are of educational value. The objective of the charity is also the preservation, maintenance and promotion of narrow gauge railways.
Vale of Rheidol Locomotive Workshop
In June 2010 the trust provided £600,000 towards building a new restoration workshop at Aberystwyth. The workshop building, completed in 2014 is a major asset to the railway and now employs a number of skilled craftsmen and apprentices. The workshop has completed the restoration of a number of locomotives as well as carrying out maintenance of the Vale of Rheidol fleet. The workshop regularly holds open days.
Collection of locomotives
It is a common misconception that the Trust owns a large collection of locomotives. Vale of Rheidol Railway Ltd does however own a number of locomotives, which are stored on the railway. A comprehensive list of these will be published on the Vale of Rheidol website soon. Most of these locomotives are not currently on public view.
Additionally Vale of Rheidol Railway Chairman, Mr Peter Rampton, privately owns a number of locomotives. These are not on public view.
- Extract from the Central Register of Charities maintained by the Charity Commission for England and Wales
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- Rampton, Peter (January–February 2011). "Viewpoint: Phyllis Rampton NG Trust". Narrow Gauge World. 73: 39.
- "Cash injection for historic Vale of Rheidol Railway". BBC News. 24 June 2010.