The Vale of Rheidol Railway in Ceredigion, Wales has been awarded a Coastal Communities grant to fund its forthcoming restoration project.
The award of £250,000 is to support the new project "Views for all, accessing new markets, our past is their future". The project will deliver the restoration of the long derelict Vista car, a carriage which hasn't run in over 25 years. This carriage, alongside three others, will be rebuilt to provide access for wheelchair users on board our historic steam trains.
In addition to the funding for the carriages, two new apprentice positions will be created, carrying on the tremendous work of training young people within the new workshop at Aberystwyth.
The funding will also facilitate an improvement in the first class accommodation and bring a new level of comfort to railway visitors.This exciting project will be carried out in house and will further expand the skill base on the railway.
Robert Gambrill, Vale of Rheidol CEO said:
"This is one of the most important awards we have received. It will see the long term investment in young people continuing on the skills which are so vital to our survival. Add to this, the achievement of our long term ambition of seeing access for all on our trains and this funding offers us a really strong sustainable future.
We would like to thank the Coastal Communities fund for helping us with this grant. We now look forward to the challenge of delivering access to all on our railway."
The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estate's marine assets.
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