The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway is driving forward with work on extending its running line another ¾ mile southwards towards Louth.

The section between Ludborough station and Pear Tree Lane has now been cleared of undergrowth and contractors are currently laying drainage pipe work along the course. The track bed will then be graded so that it is ready for track laying to begin.

The LWR operates trains on what was part of the route of the Grimsby to Boston main line, which was closed by British Rail back in 1970. The heritage steam railway owns five miles of track bed as far as the Industrial Estate at Louth, where a site has been set aside for a new station.

Our long-term goal is to get the railway back to Louth but building a new line is a very expensive business, so our plan is to do the work in stages as funds permit. The overall cost of the Pear Tree Lane extension alone is expected to be in the region of £180,000.

Enormous progress has been made over the past few months but we now need to raise more funds to buy materials such as ballast, rails and sleepers to push the project along.

If you would like to support the “Making tracks for Louth” Appeal you can donate online at www.lincolnshirewoldsrailway.co.uk or call 01507 363881 for more information.

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