BRAMLEY Line Trust volunteers are busy preparing to lay some track on the site of the former Waldersea Yard near Coldham as part of the first stage in the line’s re-opening.
The Trust has been given permission by Network Rail to lay the track so it can store and renovate railway rolling stock at Waldersea for later use on the line. After receiving expert advice the Trust decided that an incremental approach to re-opening the line is the most likely to be successful. The first stage of the strategy is to develop the old Waldersea Yard as the base for the line. The second stage will be the gaining of legal powers and a lease for the track in order to run trains from Waldersea towards Coldham.
Bramley Line Trustee Ray Fothergill explained, “By starting in this way we can build the capacity of the Trust to develop the line while raising the funds to pay all the legal fees involved in taking over the railway. We are grateful to Network Rail and the Railway Inspectorate for their help in facilitating this significant development.”
Bramley Line volunteers are at Waldersea most Wednesdays and Saturdays and welcome visitors who want to find out more.
Civil Engineering team leader Roy Miles added: “This is only the first step in re-opening the line but it is a very positive step. We have volunteers coming from as far away as Essex but would welcome more local volunteers. There is plenty to do so come and join us.”
Before visiting, it is advisable to ring the Trust on 07591 769180 to check that a team will be there.
Volunteers can also sign up at the Trust AGM on Saturday (March 26) at 2pm in St Peter’s Church Hall, Wisbech.