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29th August 2018

MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY SECURES EU GRANT FUNDING TO CONSTRUCT MAINTENANCE SHED

East Anglia’s longest heritage railway is pleased to announce that it has secured EU grant funding towards the construction of a train shed at its Dereham headquarters. After 18 months of preparation and hard work, on Thursday 22nd August Vice Chairman Barry Woodgett signed the EU Leader Fund grant agreement form, covering 80% of the costs of construction. The rest of the costs have been covered through the generous donations of the railways’ members and visitors.

The 3-track train shed will be able to accommodate nine railway vehicles undercover and is one of the short-term goals of the railway which, up until now, has always had to carry out maintenance and restoration works out in the elements at the mercy of the weather. 

The provision of undercover maintenance facilities provides a safe and dry environment allowing for work to be carried out all year round, safeguarding the future of the railway’s collection of historic vehicles. The provision of such facilities also makes the MNR more attractive to the owners of ‘iconic’ locomotives and will most certainly mean it will be able to welcome some exciting visitors to the region in the future. If all goes to plan the shed could be in place by Christmas 2018.

The EU Leader Fund’s Wensum and Coast Local Area Group’s main need is to boost levels of tourism and associated jobs for local people, away from the regular tourist ‘hotspots’; something which the MNR, with its c.16 mile corridor from North Elmham to Wymondham, is singularly well placed to do.

The MNR’s Trust Council would like to thank local hoteliers, Breckland and South Norfolk District Councils, Breckland Council’s Leader Cllr William Nunn, County Councillors Brian Long & Tim East of the ‘Norfolk Rail Group’, the National Railway Museum and MPs Richard Bacon & George Freeman for their letters of support in helping the railway secure this grant funding.

Further information about the Shed is available here.


Notes for editors: Background to the MNR
Awarded ‘Heritage Railway of the Year’ in 2013, The Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust is a registered charity set up to run and maintain the 11 miles of railway between the market towns of Dereham and Wymondham. The Trust is also making significant progress extending the line northwards along the route of the former railway towards Fakenham to the village of North Elmham and then onwards to the historic station at County School. Staffed almost entirely by volunteers, the railway is the longest heritage railway in East Anglia and contributes significantly to tourism and the overall economy in this part of central Norfolk.

Press Officer: James Oakley - james.oakley@mnr.org.uk

 

 

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Press Officer: James Oakley

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Address: Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DF ​

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