Group steams in to buy land

Railway enthusiasts in Staffordshire have managed to raise the £150,000 they need to buy the land where they operate a one-mile track as a tourist attraction.

Group steams in to buy land

Railway enthusiasts in Staffordshire have managed to raise the £150,000 they need to buy the land where they operate a one-mile track as a tourist attraction.

It has been a 20-year dream for the volunteers based at The Amerton Railway in Stowe-by-Chartley, near Stafford, to own the land they use, and now it has become a reality.

The owner of Amerton Farm & Craft Centre, Paul Williams, has agreed to sell the field where the circular track is run.

Through fundraising, the volunteers have managed to raise £75,000 and another £75,000 has come from an HSBC mortgage.

The volunteer charity exists to preserve and run narrow gauge locomotives primarily from Staffordshire.

It will be a holding a special open day, to mark the announcement, on Saturday for the public to ride behind a number of local steam engines, including 115 year old engine Isabel.

The mayor of Stafford, Councillor Stan Highfield, will cut a ribbon to herald the next 20 years of narrow gauge railway heritage preservation in Staffordshire.

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