Rail volunteers close in on grant

Ed Crosthwaite with the engine that is being restored at the light railway museum in Wetheringset.
Ed Crosthwaite with the engine that is being restored at the light railway museum in Wetheringset.
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A HERITAGE rail museum is one step closer to a vital six-figure grant which would enable it to restore an historic Edwardian steam engine.

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, based at Brockford Station, in Wetheringsett, has made it through the first round of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s process.

If successful, the rail museum would receive £187,000 to fund several projects, including £100,000 to restore the saddle tank locomotive built in 1928 and last steamed in 1970.

When restored, it is believed the industrial engine, Number 1604, will be the only working member of its class in the country.

The rest of the money will fund an education scheme, pay rent for the museum workshop and pay for the engine’s purpose-built shed and workshop.