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 and, in addition, we acquired 375 sleepers from Nexus, all of which have been delivered to the site ready for laying.
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. Now that we have moved into the building, we ask for your support to fund this undertaking.
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.
In Autumn 2023, 507 STRE spent a weekend tracklaying, building the initail running line. This training exercise supports their readiness and helps the Trust to reach the important milestone of a main line connection in the coming year. To acheive this, we need your support.