Last push to raise the remaining funds to install roller shutter door and electrics
A brand new railway carriage shed has been built at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre, protecting priceless heritage for the future.
Contractors have been working at the Ruddington site since September 2023 and have now completed the main structure. The remaining work to lay a polished concrete floor is expected to take place early in 2024.
Andy Fillingham from Great Central Railway (Nottingham) said: “The new building is looking very smart. We’ve worked with two local companies, Intelligent Fabrications and Now Build, and the team has kept the project on time despite the storms in October.
“With sidings laid inside the building, it won’t be long before we’re better able to protect passenger carriages from the weather and vandalism.”
£40,000 of grant funding has been awarded to Great Central Railway (Nottingham) Ltd (GCRN) from Rushcliffe Borough Council. It comes from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF), part of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda to provide funding for local investment. Additional funds came from two supporting charities, the East Midlands Railway Trust and the LNER (GC) Heritage Trust.
Andy Fillingham added: “Before we can fully commission the building, we need to raise additional funds to install a roller shutter door and electrics inside the new building. We’ve already raised £9,000 from supporters, so we’re over halfway to the target. We’re grateful to have had support from so many people.”
When the concrete floor is installed, the building can also be used as an events space to expand the popular range of events that already take place at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre. It will be a key asset for the heritage line when this is reconnected to the other half of the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire.
Donations to the Carriage Shed fund can be made online at http://lnergctrust.org, which is the website of LNER GC Heritage Trust, a charity supporting the Great Central Railway (Nottingham).