The Railway is mounting an appeal for £185,000 to re-instate the demolished building, together with the wall which is primarily there to support the canopy but also forms the front of the station building. (In due course, another appeal is likely to be held to re-instate the canopy.)
This will improve the facilities we can provide to our passengers both on the normal services, and the dining trains which use this platform. The building will, of course, provide shelter and seating for both visitors and passengers arriving or departing from this platform. These structures, which will be replicas of those demolished, will, with the other changes that the Railway has made, complete the restoration of the station to its ‘look’ at the time it was closed by BR in the 1960s. This will substantially improve the facilities we offer our passengers.
There are few towns with a heritage station, even fewer are those that have steam trains operating a regular service from it. Along with this appeal we are also applying for public funding to assist with the cost, including the cost of the canopy, but, if successful, it will still require a similar amount of matched funding both from this appeal and our volunteers time. We would be grateful for any assistance you feel able to give to bring this project to fruition.