Vintage Trains: Keep Express Steam on the Mainline

All aboard Vintage Trains, the first new British public main line railway company share issue offered in 100 years!

£344,500 raised of £800,000 target 43 %
266 supporters 69 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £800,000 is pledged by 2:02pm 31st May 2018

Buy a share of British History

Keep express steam trains running on the main line!

Welcome aboard Vintage Trains, the first new British public main line railway company share issue offered in 100 years.

YOU can own a share of a British railway company, preserving experiences, skills and keeping historic steam locomotives running on the main line. 

This is a unique opportunity - the first time members of the public have been able to become owners of a train company running steam trains on the mainline since Victorian times. 

We'll be using your investment to secure a licence to operate from the Office of Rail and Road, and if successful, we will preserve experiences, skills and keep historic locomotives running on main line routes, at speed. 

Rewards for Founders Club members

We are offering a range of seats on special Founders Club trains. for the first 2000 people to invest.

These trains will be the much-anticipated double headed Castles, and will not be available for public sale. This is the only chance to ride on the trains until 2021 at the earliest. 

In addition to Standard Class seats, you can invest more and get Club Class luxury, or a Pullman Dining experience with fine food as the train steams at speed down the mainline, or even a Pullman 1st Class Compartment for up to 4 people. 

In addition to the benefits listed on the page, anyone wanting to construct a customised package can do so if they invest more than £25,000 = contact us if you want to discuss what we can do for you.

In addition, early shareholders will be entered into a draw to win one of 10 opportunities to ride on the footplate of one of the Castles!


Additional shareholder benefits:

In owning shares, which start from £500, you will have pride from knowing that you own part of an express steam train operating company and you’ll have voting rights, travel benefits on Vintage Trains and after six years, you will have the opportunity to receive interest payments on your shares.

We are planning a bright future:
As well as keeping trains running for all to enjoy, we will use the investment to:
- Run an increased programme of train trips
- Develop training schemes and apprenticeships to ensure the necessary skills are passed down and kept for the future
- Boost local employment with 11 new jobs
- Keep steam locomotives and carriages alive, and in immaculate working condition

Join us, and own your own piece of British railway history!

There's more information about the share issue, your rights as a shareholder, about us and our interim board of Directors in the Share Offer Document, which can be downloaded here. We'd encourage everyone thinking of investing to have a read first to be sure you understand your investment.

If you wanted to know more bout our plans, including financioal projections, you can see our business plan here.

Anyone investing agrees to be bound by the rules of the society, which are available here.

For printed copies of these documents or if you have any questions about this project, please click 'Contact Project' at the top of this page, or email us on

The Community Shares Standard Mark is awarded by the Community Shares Unit to offers that meet national standards of good practice. For more information about community shares, the Community Shares Standard Mark and the Community Shares Unit go to:

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