Telford Steam Railway announces £400k extension plans

Telford Steam Railway
Railway to extend its track in £400k move funded by the Polar Express
Published Tue, 2018-08-14 11:37

Operators of the Telford Steam Railway have announced proposed plans for the extension of their track, with an estimated cost of up to £400,000.

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This development plan will be the first phase of a £1.5million project to lengthen the railway's line by crossing the A4169, and is being funded by the popular Polar Express franchise.

The railway currently runs from Lawley Village to Horsehay & Dawley stations on the old Wellington and Severn Junction line that once ran between Wellington and Craven Arms via the Ironbridge Gorge. The railway is operated mainly by volunteers, and was formed as a preservation railway in 1976.

The Telford Horsehay Steam Trust (THST) which runs the railway hopes to lay a new track to Ironbridge to improve public transport to the World Heritage Site and attract more tourists. The project will involve crossing the A4169 road, for which approval has already been acquired.

The railway will fund the project through their successful Polar Express service, which they acquired the rights to operate during December, since 2017.

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