‘GLOSWARKS’ needS An­OtheR £320K tO fix em­bAnK­ment

Share issue ex­ceeds tar­get - but now rail­way must go an ex­tra mile to sta­bilise 150-yard stretch.

Steam Railway (UK) - - News -

With over £1.25 mil­lion raised by early April, the Glouces­ter­shire War­wick­shire Rail­way’s ‘Broad­way: The Last Mile’ share issue has ex­ceeded its tar­get. Just un­der a year since its launch by Pete Water­man on April 6 last year, the fig­ure reached £1,251,253 on April 4, thanks to a share pur­chase by Neil and Vicky David­son, from Strat­ton, near Swin­don. But more funds are still needed, with the dis­cov­ery that the un­sta­ble em­bank­ment be­tween the cur­rent rail­head and Broad­way sta­tion will cost sig­nif­i­cantly more to re­pair than ex­pected. Con­trac­tors Ge­orge Law Ltd have be­gun work to re-profile the 150-yard stretch of em­bank­ment to its nat­u­ral shape, and sta­bilise it with soil nails - a per­ma­nent re­pair for an earth­work that re­ceived only a ‘stick­ing plaster’ rem­edy to land­slips in BR days - ash, be­lieved to have come from Glouces­ter shed. Spoil and ash re­moved from the em­bank­ment will find a new use at Broad­way, as the sub-sur­face for the sta­tion car park. But with all of the re­sults now ob­tained from a ge­o­log­i­cal sur­vey, it has been con­firmed that the re­pairs will cost £400,000, in­stead of the £80,000 orig­i­nally an­tic­i­pated. It means that the rail­way can­not be com­pla­cent, says Press Of­fi­cer Ian Crow­der: “The job will get done - but the money must keep com­ing in. Tak­ing it from else­where could de­lay other things.” Steam reached the rail­head at Pease­brook Farm Bridge, about half a mile from Broad­way, on March 31, when ‘Manor’ No. 7820 Din­more Manor - on ‘driver experience’ du­ties for mem­bers of its own­ing group Din­more Manor Lo­co­mo­tive Ltd - was used for an engi­neer­ing train. Since then, ‘Mod­i­fied Hall’ No. 7903 Fore­marke Hall has fol­lowed in its foot­steps. At Broad­way, the walls of the sta­tion build­ing have reached eaves level, and bal­last has been laid north of the sta­tion to the bound­ary with the sec­tion of trackbed owned by Sus­trans. The first sec­tions of rail have been de­liv­ered, and track will be laid in Broad­way sta­tion once road ac­cess to the site is no longer re­quired. ●● As this edi­tion of SR goes on sale, there will be just nine days left be­fore the share issue closes on April 30. For de­tails, con­tact the Fi­nance Di­rec­tor, Glouces­ter­shire War­wick­shire Rail­way, The Rail­way Sta­tion, Tod­ding­ton, Glouces­ter­shire GL54 5DT, email fi­nance.di­rec­tor@gwsr.com or call 01242 621405. Af­ter the ‘Last Mile’ issue closes, shares in the GWSR can still be pur­chased, and do­na­tions with Gift Aid can be made to the Glouces­ter­shire War­wick­shire Rail­way Trust at www.gwrt.org.uk/ Make_a_Dona­tion

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