Support the Trust in laying the track required for moving our locomotives in, out and around the site.
A "permanent way gang" is a long standing term for track workers and engineers, and honouring that tradition, we ask you to make a contribution to join our P-Way Gang.
Our commitment to our new premises includes providing & laying the track for our elements of the site and ensuring its connection to the Network Rail infrastructure. To that end we acquired around 1,100m of sleepers last year which at Ferryhill awaiting transfer to Darlington. In addition, we recently acquired 375 sleepers from Nexus which were delivered to the site this summer.
In parallel, the Trust negotiated with Network Rail to buy 3,600m of rails (1,800 linear metres of track) cascaded from the Northumberland Line Project renewal programme and which will deliver the plain line requirements of the site at a favourable price. Not a moment too soon, as in August 2022 Willmott Dixon, the DRHQ build contractor, will be laying the rails into the floor build. For this reason, we ask for your support right away.
To cover the cost of materials and transport we are looking to raise £75,000. Any contributions are welcome, but for full club membership the minimum donation is £500, with £750 sponsoring a full 60ft rail with your name going next to that section on the track plan displayed in the new building.