Paul Foxwell Express Freight Fund

£1,610 of £5,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 11 months
Timothy Hobman  Manor Ward, ENG

We are the Wagon Group at the Nene Valley Railway (NVR), a volunteer-run heritage steam railway near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. We volunteer our time to repair and restore the vintage 1950's British Railways (BR) wagon fleet based at the railway, so that the visiting public can experience the sights and sounds of a steam-hauled goods train exactly as it was during the 1950's-60's period. Examples of our previously completed wagon restoration projects, along with much else besides, can be found on our website,

Our current main project, "Express Freight", aims to restore most of the railway's extensive collection of 1950's box vans, which ran at faster speeds and were often hauled by glamorous passenger locomotives as well as mixed-traffic and freight designs. The NVR is the only heritage railway in the UK where a realistically long block train of these vans can be recreated, as over twenty of these vehicles are based at our railway.

Above: a typical project before we begin.....
.......and below, after receiving our care and attention!

Our initial appeal of £100 to buy the remaining materials to complete the restoration of 1961-built BR box van B768075 has now been achieved. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. We would now like to keep this fund running long-term, in order to support restoration of further wagons in the NVR collection to keep adding to the authentic 1950's-60's goods train, but more importantly in dedication to Paul Foxwell, founder member of the Wagon Group.

Paul founded the Wagon Group in 2010 with fellow volunteer Tim Hobman, and joined by others, Paul worked tirelessly to advance wagon restoration at Nene Valley.

For those of you who know Paul and those who recognise his outstanding achievements, I ask you to give generously to allow his vision of Express Freight to be realised and his legacy live on.

Regular photo progress updates can be found on our website  and our Facebook page

Thank you for reading, we very much hope you will consider supporting us.
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Update 10
Posted by Timothy Hobman
8 months ago
Donations have slowed up, but it's great to see there's still support out there for our cause. We're now just shy of £1,500.00.

If you want to see a return to the Nene Valley Railway Van Train as part of Express Freight now dedicated to the memory of Paul Foxwell, then please give a little or a lot to our cause.
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Update 9
Posted by Timothy Hobman
9 months ago
Today has been such a sad day, but also one of extreme generosity.

The total now stands at £1,210!

A massive thank you to everyone who has donated. It is truly overwhelming.

We hope that everyone who has donated will stay connected with our Facebook page and check in on our progress. Once our goal is achieved we would like to publicly thank everyone with a gathering at NVR and the possibility of prizes that money can't buy!!!

Please keep giving and checking in on our updates.
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Update 8
Posted by Timothy Hobman
9 months ago
In the minutes since my last update we have smashed the £1000 mark!

Thank you to everyone who has donated. Paul would've been so happy to see his dream live on.

Giving a little or a lot, we can do this!!!
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Update 7
Posted by Timothy Hobman
9 months ago
We have had such massive support and raised almost £1000 in the last 10days!

If you feel strongly about our cause and would like to see a van train back on NVR tracks then please donate a little or a lot in memory of Paul Foxwell.

If each of our supporters gave just £5 then we would reach our target. We can do this!!!
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£1,610 of £5,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 11 months
Created May 3, 2016
Debby Foxwell
2 months ago

Love you SweetP Xx

Roland Hobman
7 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you Roland!

Louise Thonger
9 months ago

Such a sad loss to the team, not only for his hard work, but his friendship and shared vision with Tim and the team. I know they'll work hard to carry on the vision xxx

Marc H
9 months ago

Paul was one of the most dedicated and skilled NVR volunteers I've ever met. The work he put into repairing and restoring LMS CCT 37071 - The 'Bond Wagon' used in the filming of Octopussy was nothing short of incredible

Charlie Fiddler
9 months ago (Offline Donation)

Handed over at Pauls funeral. Thanks Charlie.

Kevin Crook
9 months ago (Offline Donation)

Handed over at Pauls funeral. Thanks Kevin!

Kevin Wilkins
9 months ago

I only met Paul at Wansford a few times but he was a nice guy. Keep up the good work - we want another 'banana van' working behind 92 Squadron :-)

Duncan Hall
9 months ago

Wagons roll Timmy.....

NVR Friends
9 months ago (Offline Donation)

Collected on Pauls last visit to the Nene Valley Railway

Nick Baxter
11 months ago

Good luck

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