D9518 restoration appeal

D9518 restoration appeal



Please bear with us as we prepare additional information to support this appeal. Thanks!


Bought from BR in full working order in 1969, NCB No. 7 (aka D9518) still had five more years of work ahead of her when seen operating at Ashington Colliery in this photo dated 25th May 1981. Photo by Colin Girle © CC BY-NC 3.0

This is a major project that will result in a carefully rebuilt example of Swindon’s swansong locomotive design, their diesel version of the classic GWR 0-6-0 pannier tank locomotive.

Class 14 D9518 in her unrestored guise as NCB Ashington No. 7 seen at Williton on 7th February 2013. Photo by Benjamin Robson © CC BY-NC 3.0



The Class 14 team led by Simon Purvis have reviewed their project plan for the restoration of D9518 and have concluded that there is a funding requirement of £10,000 to allow them to meet the target of the locomotive hauling its first ever passenger service on the 60th anniversary of the class entering service (D9500: July 1964).


The funding requirement breaks down as follows:


Work package

Estimated cost £

Main items of expenditure

Engine rebuild


Fuel pumps, injectors



Paint, signwriting



Couplings and balancing



Seals, gaskets, bushings



Not yet identified





A fundraising appeal is being prepared to make sure that this project is properly supported so that it can move forward and meet its objective.


If you love the ‘Teddy Bears’ and you are not already a member of the DEPG, please consider joining so that you can become one of the team that is going to rebuild D9518 to ex-works condition.