Despite the Coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the nation, the Churnet Valley Railway has continued with its planning for Leek – which is still celebrating the success of receiving an 80% Grant from the European Agriculture Rural Development Fund last month.
The latest development saw the arrival of Mk1 coach no. S4046 – the third to have arrived in 2020 – which has been purchased for restoration on the CVR.
We are running an appeal to cover the cost of purchase and transport of these vehicles, plus some preliminary work ahead of full restoration for each coach.
Everything so far has cost just over £17,000 and supporters of the line have to date donated £9085. Whilst this is a difficult time for most, the appeal is still open for those wishing to contribute and help in safeguarding the future of the CVR and ensuring the line is ready for the re-opening into Leek. We are asking for people to donate just small amounts that they can afford, with a suggestion of £10 - less than the cost of a day ticket to visit the CVR. Without the support of our followers, projects will stall and we will struggle to complete projects with the current inability to welcome visitors.
We hope everyone is keeping safe during this difficult time, and look forward to welcoming you all back to the line once we are able to re-open.
Photos Courtesy of Dave Gibson