Lottery fund for Foxfield Railway

Foxfield Railway
Heritage Lottery Fund awarded to help restore historic railway coach
Published Tue, 2017-11-21 13:04

The Knotty Coach Trust of the Foxfield Railway has received £89,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help support its accessible coach project on the railway in Blythe Bridge.

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The Knotty Coach Trust of the Foxfield Railway has received £89,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help support its accessible coach project on the railway in Blythe Bridge.

The money, which is raised by the National Lottery, will help restore the inside of a unique four-wheeled 'Brake Third' railway coach to provide additional seating as well as allow access to passengers with mobility and other impairments. 

The coach, originally built in Stoke-on-Trent for the North Staffordshire Railway in the 1880s, will be able to start its £150,000 restoration work immediately thanks to the donations from Lottery Fund as well as £15,000 from Garfield Weston Foundation and a £10,000 donation from Professor Peter Worsley in memory of his late father. 

The Foxfield Railway will be raising the remaining £35,000 balance needed for the project through its own fundraising activities such as the publication of a children's story book in time for Christmas. 

The Foxfield Railway, together with the Knotty Coach Trust, hope that once the coach is brought back to its original condition they should be able to start work on adapting the train from 2019 onwards.

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