About the Trust
Rustenberg Platinum Mines No. 4
Welsh Highland Railway 'Gelert'
The Gelert Trust
Gelert has been resident at Gelert’s Farm for many
years, following its return from South Africa. Those who contributed towards
that formed an owners group; it went into service and into the care of the
WHR Company, and this situation continued ever since.
However, time moves on, and the original shareholders
became older. Also, steam locomotives need heavy expenditure from time to
time, which the WHR Company may not be able to afford. So the question arose
of how to secure Gelert’s long term future for the benefit of future
A proposal to form a charitable trust to care for Gelert had been discussed
on and off for some years. The advantages of a Trust would be to
ensure that there is a group of people focused on caring for the loco when
the current shareholders are no longer around, to provide an organisation
which will attract new and younger volunteer input focused on a specific
project, and to ensure that Gelert has a secure future even if it is no
longer required for use by the WHR Company. It would also ensure its
continued use as a training tool, a role for which it is ideal.
the middle of 2016 time was found to get to grips with the detail of setting
up a charity. This involved a considerable amount of research but following
extensive consultation had overwhelming support from the remaining
shareholders. It also involved demonstrating to the
Charity Commission that the organisation would be of
sufficient public benefit to warrant registration as a charity.
The application for charitable status was submitted before Christmas
was successful in February 2017, just in time for scheduled major
refurbishment work to start
Gelert’s home at the WHR is secure for the foreseeable future. A formal
locomotive agreement was agreed between the Company and the then Owners’
Group in 2014, which
is a 15 year rolling agreement for Gelert to remain at the WHR Ltd, and
formalised the informal arrangement and understanding which had been in
place for many years. Following the formation of the Trust,
both the Company and the Gelert Trustees have agreed that this agreement
should continue in its existing form between the Company and the Trust.