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Restoration and Education Centre Appeal

It has been a long term ambition of the railway to provide a covered space for undertaking locomotive and carriage restoration at Chinnor and together with that facility, to also provide a dedicated education and teaching facility. Thanks to a great deal of internal fund raising among our volunteers and supporters (who have all responded so splendidly), we now have the shell of a 48 x 10 x 5.5 (LxWxH) metre steel portal frame building with metal clad walls and roof, now proudly standing in our yard.

Thanks to several more recent and generous donations, including from a lady who heard that because the donated rails had no sleepers to lay the track inside - she very generously paid for the remainder of the outstanding sleepers (204 sleepers at £25 each). It means we should be able to lay the track inside the building rather earlier than anticipated. The internal arrangements will offer a restoration track capable of taking two coaches or two locomotives and a shorter maintenance track, including room for two workshops (eventually) and a kitchen and toilet.

We still need to raise funds to install a mezzanine level which will provide an Education Centre and offices and we need money for a
pit, which will help no end in loco maintenance, examinations etc.

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