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Help breathe life into 19B!

With your help we can raise £80,000 to replace 19B’s boiler
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With your support, we acquired this beautiful blue locomotive from the late Adrian Shooter. It thrilled hundreds of visitors at its new home in Statfold Barn last year. However, 19B is now in its mandatory ten-year overhaul costing circa £225,000, with a new boiler required. Thanks to the generosity of Statfold, offering £50,000 towards labour, and many kind donations towards the DTLT’s contribution towards materials and the boiler, we've made great progress.

As well as seeking grants of up to £30,000 we're turning to you for subscriptions and donations to bridge the remaining gap – which currently stands at £90,000.

We need to raise £90,000

Please join us in preserving this piece of history and ensuring its continued operation for years to come. You can donate online now by clicking the button or go to our Support Us page for more ways to help such as a donation or regular payment.

We want to get 19B back in service entertaining the public in early 2026. Thank you in advance for helping us do that!

About Darjeeling Tank 19B

Only one of the world-famous blue Darjeeling Himalayan Railway ‘B’ Class 2ft gauge tank engines has ever "escaped" India. Built by Sharp Stewart in Glasgow in 1889, 19B is from the original batch of four of these locomotives and survives in operating condition today, thanks to its owner, the late Adrian Shooter who rescued it from America and had it overhauled into operating condition at Tyseley, Birmingham, in 2003. Although the locomotive is now approaching its ten-year boiler overhaul it is currently operational and still has its original Lowmoor Iron boiler – the oldest working locomotive boiler in the world.

BBC South about the Darjeeling Tank Locomotive Trust in the summer of 2023

About Us

The Darjeeling Tank Locomotive Trust has been set up by 19B’s Support Crew (who have cared for and operated the locomotive for 20 years) to acquire and operate the engine, and to continue their work of developing young people through a common interest in heritage steam. See About Us for more details. We have recently been granted Charitable status - our Charity Number is 1204461.


The trustees are drawn from interested parties associated with organisations such as the DHR Society, the Ff&WHR, the 19B Support Crew and others, who wish to see the locomotive remain operational and in the public view. 19B is now based at Statfold Barn, which has the huge advantage of an operating railway to run her, a museum to display her, and a respected and highly skilled workshop to help care for her.


The Support Crew particularly wish to follow Adrian Shooter’s established tradition of touring with the locomotive, visiting and operating on 2ft gauge railways elsewhere, in order to share her with the public as much as possible.

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Darjeeling Train painting by Jonathan Clay

Painting by Jonathan Clay

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