A new heritage steam railway service in Sheffield could become a reality since a local business man has applied to buy the required land.
David Breen, a property investor who lives locally in Stocksbridge, has unveiled a proposal to revive part of the old Woodhead railway line which once ran from Sheffield to Manchester.
The plans seem to have gained popularity with the public, and the South Yorkshire (Woodhead) Heritage Railway group which was started by Mr Breen now has more than 300 members.
Mr Breen has revealed that he is in talks to buy the land needed for the project, recently writing on Facebook :
"We have applied to purchase the two sections of land on the South Wortley Spur between Deepcar and the A616. Our outline has heritage services running from South Wortley to Deepcar but we are also looking at line expansions beyond this at the moment. "
The project, if successful would also hope to run mainline steam specials from South Wortley through to Sheffield Victoria station.
Mr Breen has said he would be prepared to invest his own money in the project, but would also rely on being part-funded by share schemes similar to those that have proved a success on other UK heritage lines.
For more information on this project, head to the South Yorkshire Woodhead Heritage Railway Facebook page.
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