Shed Update - 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.
Shed Progress – March 2018
We are pleased to announce that the Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR) is in the process for applying for a European Union Grant that would provide 80% of the funding for a locomotive and carriage shed in Dereham yard. The submission deadline is 5th April 2018.
The Dereham train shed, 18m x 70m, will have three tracks inside, which can hold 3 vehicles each. The planned location for the shed is in the yard on the eastern side, opposite the original shed that was demolished and now beneath the Leisure Centre area.
Since starting passenger services in 1999, the MNR has grown quickly - it is fast becoming a major tourist attraction in the Heart of Norfolk, the fast selling out of tickets of The Polar Express™ Train Ride. The railway is now striving to continue this progress with having a shed that can allow for vital maintenance and restoration of locomotives, railcars and coaches. The MNR has received letters of support from George Freeman MP, Breckland Council.
On the assumption that the MNR’s application for the grant will be successful, it is key that the MNR gains as much funding as possible to reduce the need to borrow from the bank. Please help us with generous donations.
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