A tank wagon has become the first piece of rolling stock to sit on the newly re-laid siding at the former Waldersea goods yard.
The 1960s-built British Rail tank wago was delivered to the sidings near Fridaybridge recently by Tears Recovery, and now has pride of place at the site where the Bramley Line Trust is busy creating a heritage centre and museum.
The tanker is owned by one of the Trust’s members and was formerly based at Weeting.
A few weeks ago Tears also delivered a Victorian railway coach body which volunteers intend to restore and put back on the rails. Antingham Parish Council has also kindly offered the Trust a goods wagon body, which will be used as a store initially, but will eventually be fully restored to run on the Bramley Line.
The Trust is also looking to acquire a suitable railway coach or parcels type van to house and display its growing collection of photographs, films, memorabilia and artefacts relating to the local railway heritage.
A major part of the Trust’s aims is to preserve, restore and display artefacts and other memorabilia connected or consistent with Fenland’s railway history.
Trust Vice Chairman and Engineering Co-ordinator David Bunting commented: “we are particularly grateful to the support Tears have given in transporting these historic railway vehicles for us. After all the work clearing and preparing the site it is good to have some rolling stock at the centre on which we can carry out restoration work. If everything goes to plan we hope later next year to be able to open the centre to the public.”
The recently re-vamped Bramley Line website provides details of the work being carried out at Waldersea.
Trust Chairman Simon King added: “You can help develop the heritage centre by joining the Trust, or making a donation, directly through our website www.bramleyline.org.uk, or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 0759-1769180. As well as information on the latest developments, the website contains a wide range of photographs concerning the local railway heritage and the work being carried out by volunteers.”
Visitors to the National Festival of Railway Modelling will have the opportunity to meet some of the volunteers at the Bramley Line stand. The exhibition is being held at Peterborough Showground on the weekend of October 19 and 20 and is one of the country’s premier model railway exhibitions.