Stan Fletcher's Presidents Appeal


Stan Fletcher is President of this charity

Back in 1947 he was a commissioning engineer with English Electric for the London Midland & Scottish Railway’s new D16/1 design diesel loco 10000 and its twin 10001. They were Britain’s first successful main line diesel locomotives.  Stan became involved when the loco was only a frame in the workshop in Derby.  He accompanied the Twins during their trial runs on the Midland and West Coast main lines, including their first Royal Scot run on 1st June 1949.  Aged ninety-eight, Stan is eager to see progress with the project to re-create 10000.  Here, in his own words, is an appeal to all Britain’s railway enthusiasts. 

“ I look forward to the next stage of progress toward re-creating 10000. To achieve this we need parts from classes 20 and 37.   The remaining members of those classes that are still in service are likely to be withdrawn soon.   It is essential that we have the resources to purchase parts as they become available. Would you please help me to raise £100,000 by my 100th birthday in March 2020. We can raise this sum if 100 people give the charity £85 per month by standing order over 12 months.  Thank you for taking the time to read my request. May I extend an invitation to meet me at the Society AGM in Derby on the 23rd of March 2019. Details can be found on the website along with the Business Plan. In October I was interviewed on video for the project’s benefit, sharing my memories of 10000 and my time with English Electric. You can find those recordings on our gallery page.

What do you get for your donation?

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Benefits for donors

Responding to Stan's appeal

Set up a Standing Order

Click this link to download the Standing Order form along with Gift Aid form.


Make a lump sum payment

Your donation can be made to the Ivatt Diesel re-creation Society's account 30-94-77  50405860

Or send a cheque to IDRS, 46 Biddick Village Centre, Washington, NE38 7NP

Watch the video interview

5 videos will be released, monthly, beginning on the 1st of February 2019.  Follow this link to listen to Stan talk about his experiences.  


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Watch the 1949 BBC video

Stan is the younger of two engineers boarding 10000 at Euston on the 1st of June 1949 for the twins' inaugrual Royal Scot.