There are several projects planned over the next few years amongst them are:
We are planning to build a heated ticket office which will be situated close to the station platform. This will be of great benefit to the volunteers who work in this area and will provide a permanent structure to replace the marquee currently used. Check back for drawings and construction photos as the project progresses.
Station Track Re-design
We are redesigning the station area to include two platform tracks and a turntable. This will enable us to have two trains in the station area at one time and provide extra interest in the station area. We also want to build a canopy style platform shelter to allow passengers to keep dry when the weather is less than ideal!
We also plan to retain the current Y loop but to move it to the new platform track. A plan of the proposed new station layout is available to view here.
We plan to add to our rolling stock with the aim of being able to run two rakes of coaches. These will be 5m bogie coaches in a toast rack design which will give us more flexibility.
In addition, we are planning a disabled carriage for wheelchairs. This will be sited at the front of the train with a glass window so that passengers can see into the driver’s cab.
We’ve put the idea of a new loco on hold for the time being as we think we have enough work to do with the above plans!