Building set to be completed by end of 2023
Last push to raise remaining £8,500 to finish the project
The new heritage railway carriage shed building at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre (NTHC) has reached a milestone moment as the steelwork for the roof was lifted into place.
When complete, the structure will protect four 1950s-built carriages from the weather and vandalism, so they can run on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham).
£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 UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda, providing funding for local investment.
The money, combined with match funding from East Midlands Railway Trust and LNER (GC) Heritage Trust means the project, which had stalled through lack of funds, can now be completed by the end of the year.
Andy Fillingham of Great Central Railway (Nottingham) said, “It’s extraordinary how quickly the shed is taking shape. The floor is almost ready for concrete to be poured and the vertical steel work has been erected.
“Now, roof beams are being craned into place (pictured), so it won’t be long before the block work walls will be built. Our contractors, Now Build and Intelligent Fabrications, are doing an excellent job despite the bad weather they’ve had to contend with.”
To complete the funding jigsaw, Great Central Railway (Nottingham) is raising £15,000 to install roller shutter doors and fit out the building with lights and power. By the middle of October, generous donors had raised close to £7,000, almost half way to the target.
Donations can be made at lnergctrust.org/, the website of LNER GC heritage trust, a charity supporting the Great Central Railway (Nottingham).
Andy concluded “We’re very grateful for the support we’ve received from so many quarters. The shed will help the railway thrive in future and, because it will have a level concrete floor inside, when it isn’t being used for storing carriages, can be used as an event space for visitors.
“As we continue to work towards connecting our railway to the Great Central in Leicestershire, creating an 18-mile heritage line across the midlands, the shed will be a tremendous asset.”