As many of you know, we are a volunteer run organisation. Because we are independent from our friends at Woodhorn Museum, we rely on ticket sales as our only source of revenue.
Originally formed in 1991, we run (3) ex mining locomotives which run over a 1 mile section of track, allowing a fantastic way to experience what it was like to travel like a miner.
As many of you will know, we had to close the railway two months ago to allow for essential maintenance.
This has probably been the most challenging year since we opened almost 30 years ago. Unfortunately, the lost revenue over the last two months, coupled with some expensive repairs earlier in the year, has meant we are now struggling to afford fuel, engine oils, hydraulic oils, and spare parts required to allow us to re-open to the public.
Our volunteers have been donating money out of their own pocket to try and keep us open, but this is only a very short term solution.
We are looking to secure some external funding, which would allow us to finish our repairs and get us re-opened to the public. We'd love to hear from you if you think you could help, have any funding ideas, or would like to Volunteer with us.
It would be a huge shame if our local heritage railway was to close - hopefully we can get back on track soon.
That's all for now, any updates shall be posted on our facebook page.
James & Les.