Wadebridge was taken out of service last year when its 10 year Boiler Ticket expired. The locomotive is currently waiting an overhaul, but it will be a number of years before the boiler can enter the Ropley boilershop.

An opportunity has arisen to send Wadebridge to an outside contractor to have the boiler overhauled. Although a substantial amount of money has been earmarked for the restoration but it is insufficient to complete the job.  The Mid Hants Railway are running a Fast Track appeal and if you donate via the Mid Hants Railway your name will be entered into a draw, the winner of which will receive the 72A Exmouth Junction shedplate that has been on Wadebridge's smokebox during its final years of running on the Watercress line.

Visit the Mid Hants Railway's appeal for further information.