For the first time since the Victorian era, the British public is being given the opportunity to buy shares in a British main line train operating company. The offer is part of a fundraising exercise by Vintage Trains, which serves tourist hotspots including Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and the Cotswolds, to ensure iconic British steam trains continue to run epic journeys throughout the UK and tell the stories of how the British rail industry changed the world.
The company’s innovative £3 million share scheme will help deliver an increased programme of train trips, boosting the tourism economy.
Adrian Shooter, the former Chairman of Chiltern Railways will be the chair of the Vintage Trains operating company. He said: “This unique opportunity to buy shares in a steam train operating company, will enable anyone to own a piece of history, whilst helping us to train young engineers and continue the investment in our fleet of locomotives and carriages.”
The new company will create up to 11 full-time roles and will be promoting traditional engineering expertise before they disappear forever so that future generations can enjoy this experience.