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SETBACK FOR SWANAGE RAILWAY VOLUNTEERS AS CHURCHILL'S FUNERAL VAN IS REFUSED LOTTERY FUNDING -
30th September 2008
Update from Steve Doughty - 30th September 2008
Project Leader and Deputy Chairman, Swanage Railway Trust.
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After an 8000 mile voyage from California via the Panama Canal, Southern Railway
van S2464S - or the Churchill Car as it is better known to our USA friends - arrived at Southampton
on the 'Tamerlane' last year.
Shown with Sir Winston Churchill's funeral van - Southern Railway
van S2464S - at Southampton Docks are Swanage Railway Trust Deputy Chairman and
Project Leader, Steve Doughty (extreme left) with, next to him,
James Cox Swanage Railway Locomotive, Carriage & Wagon Manager and the team who
loaded the van onto the low-loader on Wednesday 3rd October 2007.
UPDATE 2nd April 2009: Latest Churchill Van news here including £5000 offer of support.
Steve Doughty writes:
Many people have asked recently for an update on the Swanage Railway Trust's plans for the Churchill van,
which was successfully returned last year to the UK from the USA and which has since been subject to a Heritage Lottery Fund bid.
I regret to advise you that the HLF has declined to support the Trust's £50,000 bid to restore the Churchill funeral van and use this to house a
museum focussing on the role of railways in the Second World War.
The Trust was surprised by this decision, given the detailed submission made and what it felt was a comprehensive but modest
plan to tell a story of national and international importance in the context of this historic artefact that is assciated with the man
regarded by many as the greatest Briton of all time and who, of course, led this country at this critical point in its history.
The coffin bearer party from the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars places the coffin in
van S2464S on the funeral train on 30 January 1965 (PA).
Nevertheless, the Trust respects the HLF's decision, which reflects the reduced funds available for heritage projects as a result of the diversion of resource to the Olympic games.
The Trust would like to thank the many people who have supported the project so far and have helped to secure the return of the car from
Calirornia, where its future was uncertain. The Trust would also like to thank the Heritage Railway Association, the Imperial War Museum,
the Churchill Centre & Museum, His Grace the Duke of Marlborough, Dorset County Council and many others for their formal support for the bid.
The Trust is now seeking alternative funding for the project. Offers of support and further details of the project are available from me at the address below.
In the event that sufficient funds are not forthcoming to complete the museum project, such funds as are available will be used to conserve the car, which will then be made
available for general use on the Swanage Railway.
The next stage will very much depend on how much can be raised by our supporters.
Full details of the repatriation project, including how to donate to the next
phase, can be found below and on our news page at
http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/news319.htm and donations can be made via the
Trust's website via
this link or by contacting
the Trust's Deputy Chairman Steve Doughty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am grateful to those who have already contributed to the costs of returning van S2464S to
the UK. However, we do still need to raise much more to finish the job
so even if you have already contributed please consider sending a cheque to the Swanage Railway Trust (Churchill Project), Station House, Swanage,
DORSET BH19 1HB or via our website at
Deputy Chairman Swanage Railway Trust
30th September 2008
HOW TO SUPPORT THE CHURCHILL FUNERAL VAN PROJECT
Donations to the Churchill project can be made to the Swanage Railway Trust (Churchill Fund),
Station House, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1HB or on-line by debit or credit card via the Trust's
website at ‘www.swanagerailwaytrust.org.uk' by following
Please click here to visit the Swanage Railway Trust Appeals section at
Sir Winston Churchill's funeral train catafalque started its long journey back to the UK from the
USA on Monday 13th August 2007, when preparations began at the Industry Hills golf resort near Los
Angeles for its move to the port of Long Beach. For a full photo report of the preparations for the journey,
please click here, and click here for photos of the first photos of
the arrival at Southampton on 24th September 2007. Further photos of the removal from Southampton Docks on Wednesday 3rd October 2007
can be found here
Swanage Railway Trust
Churchill News Links Index:
Volunteers press on with Churchill's Funeral Van Museum Project
Setback for volunteers as Churchill's funeral van is refused Lottery funding Sept 2008
Handover of Sir Winston Churchill's Funeral Van No. S2464S (150 photos)
Sir Winston Churchill's Funeral Van No. S2464S Repatriation (5 photos)
Sir Winston Churchill's Funeral Van No. S2464S Repatriation (updated 50 photos)
Sir Winston Churchill's Funeral Train Van No. S2464S £40,000 Repatriation Project
BBC news item - Cash needed to save Churchill van - 31/08/06
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