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The AC Locomotive Group is the only preservation group in the UK specialising in AC locomotives and formed in late 1996 to save the last examples of classes 81, 82, 83 and 85.

At that time these locos had been offered for sale by Pete Waterman, who was reducing his collection. Against all the odds, we were able to secure all four locomotives in mid 1997, despite only having six members at the time!

Since then our society has grown to around 220 members with a hard-core of about 12 regular working members, and now looks after ten AC locomotives, including the National Railway Museum's sole-surviving Class 84, 84001 and unique prototype 89001. We also care for several historic AC-traction artefacts ranging from technical equipment to a complete Class 84 cab section.

Our latest locomotive acquisition is Class 87, 87002.

Our main aims are:

  • To preserve and maintain all the locomotives in our fleet (in working order or as rolling exhibits), and make them available for public view and special events.
  • To co-ordinate fund-raising for the purchase of further AC locomotives.
  • To encourage interest in all types of AC traction, past, present and future.

We are always on the lookout for new members of all ages and expertise, and full details of the benefits of joining and how to become a member can be found by clicking on the Join Us link on the menu to the left. AC electric fans are a very rare breed, so we really do need to hear from you.

With the ongoing support of our existing and future members we are continuing to build on our early successes, with the gradual restoration of our existing fleet and the acquisition of further examples of AC traction. Our principle goal is to see one or more of our early fleet run under its own power again, and the more support we get, the sooner this will be acheived.

AC preservation starts here!

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