Urgent Appeal to Raise £60,000
This is an urgent appeal to ask for your help to raise £60,000. The railway has been offered the chance to buy over two miles of railway track at a discount cost. This price is considerably less than if we bought it through the usual channels.
Two miles of track will get us from our current site at Lionheart to almost Branch End - the point where the line meets the East Coast Main Line, alongside which it runs into Alnmouth Station.
It is not very often opportunities like this arise. Nowadays heritage railways more than often have to buy new or obtain their track through Network Rail Recycling. New rail is very expensive and obtaining second hand from Network Rail carries a price. With only a small number of distribution centres, there are the additional expensive road transport costs to worry about.
We have been fortunate to be offered this track by a contractor at scrap value. We also have the added bonus that is located much less than half the distance to the nearest recycling centre at Doncaster.
What this means is that we can make a saving of around £25000 if we can buy it now!
Some substantial funds have already been pledged through our Let's Get to Alnmouth Appeal that has been set up to raise £1.88 million. However some of these are not yet in place, and whilst the Board have agreed to divert other programmed finance to this purchase, the depleted resources will have to be replenished.
What we need is hard cash now - please help us achieve this by donating what you can. Details on how you can donate are below. Alternatively, you can contact our Treasurer, Tom Spence by email or by phone - 01665 572028.
How to Donate
4. By cheque payable to 'Aln Valley Railway Trust' and send to c/o Treasurer at our mailing address below.
5. In person at Lionheart Station - someone is on site at least every Saturday, if not most other days.
Remember to Gift Aid your donation too! If you're a British taxpayer, for every four pounds donated we get an extra pound from the Government. So please remember to complete the Gift Declaration when paying online.
Aln Valley Railway Trust