E1 class, no. B110 is the sole remaining survivor of a successful Stroudley design of locomotive. It was built in 1877 at Brighton, being one of a class of 80, and is therefore one of the oldest locomotives to have been operated by a heritage railway. It has exceptional historic merit and interest as well as having aesthetic appeal and a useful performance. It would be a valuable asset in many locomotive fleets.
The E1 Locomotive Trust has been established with the aim of restoring locomotive 110 ?Burgundy to full operation so that it may be seen, appreciated and enjoyed by the public. The Trust aims to manage the locomotive for the foreseeable future to ensure adequate funding is generated so that it remains in operation and can continue as a source of interest and education for the public.
The first objective of the Trust is to purchase the locomotive and bring it into the ownership of a registered charity. Once this status is achieved access to grant sources will be significantly improved, which is most important with regard to the further fund raising required for the overhaul of the locomotive.
The members of the Trust first met in September to agree a set of objects required to achieve charity status. A number of administrative actions have been taken in order to place the Trust on a proper footing and a formal application to register the Trust as a charity has been submitted to the Charity Commission. The outcome of the application is currently awaited.
The E1 was withdrawn from service in 1997 requiring significant repairs to its boiler. The high cost of these repairs and the difficulty of raising the necessary funds has meant that the locomotive has had to remain as a slowly declining static exhibit ever since. The E1 Locomotive Trust feels that the time has come to make a major effort to raise the funds to restore the locomotive once again to operating condition.