The team at Wulfrun Consulting were extremely pleased to support the Suburban Electric Railway Association (SERA) during the Summer of 2017 through the sponsorship of the exterior repaint of Class 457 DMSO.
The photograph shows Wulfrun's Daniel Cartwright with Graeme Gleaves of SERA in August 2017 at Coventry as the restoration work was in progress on vehicle 67300. This vehicle is notable as forming part of the train which Jimmy Somerville boarded in the video for Smalltown Boy... (although probably not this vehicle's most important reason for being historically significant)! 67300 was one of the driving motor coaches of the 3-phase traction development unit 457001 (converted from the Class 210 DEMU as featured in the Bronski Beat video).
It was however with great sadness that we found out during the above-mentioned visit to Coventry of the impending closure of the Electric Railway Museum (ERM). The council who lease the site to the museum wish to redevelop the land and the exhibits at the museum need financial support to be saved, find new homes and continue to tell the story of Britain's electric railways.
SERA are raising GBP 10,000 to ensure the future and safe transport of their historic rail vehicles following the closure of the ERM. Among the exhibits are the unique LMS Class 503 Wirral unit, the sole surviving South Tyneside 2-EPB unit, a Liverpool Overhead Railway first class trailer car and the body of a City & South London tube carriage built in 1903!
There is a Crowdfunding page which aims to raise as much money as possible to assist with transport costs to new homes which the SERA is currently in the process of negotiating to secure.
Any donations are massively welcome, and a share or retweet would also be very welcome and much appreciated.
Please help make sure these many historic units are saved as the Electric Railway Museum closes its doors.