March 11 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
A group campaigning for the reopening of the railway line between March and Wisbech received a late Christmas present.
Antingham Parish Council, near North Walsham, Norfolk, delivered a former British Railways box van body to the Bramley Line Heritage Railway Trust’s centre at Waldersea Yard, Friday Bridgenear Wisbech.
The 60 year old box van will initially be used for storage but will eventually be restored to run on the Bramley Line.
It was due to be scrapped by the parish council had a new home not been found for it.
The box van was originally based at March and probably ran on the Bramley Line and into Waldersea goods yard during its operational life.
It is the third item delivered to the trust’s Waldersea base in recent months.
An Esso petrol tanker was delivered to the yard in September, which is awaiting restoration to its original state.
A 1960s British Railways tank wagon arrived at the former Waldersea goods yard at the beginning of October, just weeks after volunteers completed re-laying the sidings at the site, where trust volunteers are busy creating a heritage centre and museum.
Trust chairman Simon King said: “We are very excited by these developments. A lot of hard work has been put in by our volunteers over the past 12 months and real progress is now being made.
“New project plans are being developed and other administrative arrangements being put in place to ensure that the organisation is placed on a sound basis for operating as a heritage railway in the future.”
The Bramley Line Heritage Railway Trust, which was established in 2010, supports the development of the Bramley Line with fund raising and its members provide the volunteers who work on the railway.
Anyone interested in helping with this project can join the trust or make a donation via http://www.bramleyline.org.uk or by ringing 0759 176 9180.