Just two weeks since launching our new ‘6-12-64’ membership scheme, the amount of monthly income being generated for the restoration of 61264 has increased by nearly 50%.

This is an incredibly good start, but in absolute terms much more is needed if we want to again witness sights like the one above – with 61264 storming up Grayrigg, double-heading with Black 5 no. 45407 on 25th January 2014 (video link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCqE7AD9eJA)

To make this happen sooner rather than later, we urge anybody that loves the sights and sounds and wants to be part of a B1 on the mainline to join the Trust (or upgrade their existing membership) on one of our new membership levels:

  • £6/month buys you ‘Bronze’ membership which includes regular e-mailed news alerts, invitation to members’ days and regular opportunities to view the loco under restoration.
  • £12/month buys you ‘Silver’ membership which includes all of ‘Bronze’ plus a framed print of 61264, hard copies of ‘B1 News’ magazine, and chance to win a nameplate.
  • £64/month buys you ‘Gold’ membership which includes all of ‘Silver’ plus a free footplate ride, chance to win railtour tickets and an invite to ride with the mainline support crew.

Simply go to https://membermojo.co.uk/thompsonb1 and select your membership level then click ‘Join Us / Renew’ – the process takes just a few minutes and there is no boring paperwork to fill in!

And don’t forget, if you join us or upgrade your membership by Friday 9th December, you will be entered into a draw to win a fabulous 00 gauge Bachmann model of 61264 in LNER Lined Green worth £180, see this blog post for more details: https://www.thompsonb1.org/2022/11/win-a-bachmann-b1-1264-for-christmas/