The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway is pushing on with extending its running line another ¾ mile to the Pear Tree Lane crossing and a bulldozer has been hard at work this week levelling the track bed ready for laying the track southwards.
The LWR operates steam 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.
The long-term goal is to get the railway back to Louth but building a railway is extremely expensive, so our plan is to do the work in stages as funds permit. The overall cost of the ¾ mile Pear Tree Lane extension alone is expected to be in the region of £180,000 and we now need to raise more funds to start buying materials. The next stage will be laying ballast but first of all it has to be paid for – all 1,350 tons of it!
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.