Churnet Valley Railway has announced that the line’s coach appeal has surpassed the £11,000 landmark over the course of the weekend.

Churnet Valley Railway hit £11k milestone in emergency appeal

Churnet Valley Railway hit £11k milestone in emergency appeal
Photos: Dave Gibson/Jon Kerr

Churnet Valley Railway has announced that the line’s coach appeal has surpassed the £11,000 landmark over the course of the weekend.

The railway appealed for £17,000 to cover the purchase and transport cost of three railway coaches that are all to eventually be restored for the expansion of services to Leek.

The Railway acknowledges it is a difficult time for many people during the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes reaching this milestone “even more wonderful”.

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The three coaches were bought before the coronavirus crisis, and whilst the railway has been forced to close, bills still need to be paid.

Churnet Valley Railway hit £11k milestone in emergency appeal

Donations of all sizes are still welcome to help the Churnet Valley Railway, with some people donating the price of pint while others have donated the cost of a day out to the railway.

The railway says that some donations have been received in memory of loved ones who have some form of association with Leek and/or the railway, whilst others have just wanted to help their railway in one way or another.

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The Churnet Valley Railway has long hoped to return trains to the Moorlands largest market town and, having received an 80% grant from the European Agriculture Rural Development Fund, efforts are now concentrating on ensuring contracts and necessary legal paperwork is all in place so that a start can be made as soon as the current restrictions on movement are lifted.

With many people asking how can they help, the Coach Appeal is one such way to so for now; with further schemes and appeals to be announced later in the year that will allow supporters of the line to get as actively involved as they wish with Reconnecting Leek.

Want to get involved to help Churnet Valley Railway? Click here to donate!

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