North Dorset Railway Trust managed to purchase Brake Van B950885 last year thanks to three members giving personal loans to the railway. We intend to restore the Brake Van to provide our first train rides for visitors to the station (subject to the necessary planning permissions and approvals). Our volunteers will do all the restoration work. We now need to raise around £6,000 to repay the loans and pay for the materials to do the restoration work. Other wagons have been completed, or nearing completion, and everyone is itching to get started with this project. However, there is rotten wood throughout and this will require an almost complete rebuild to put her back in shape and ready for rides. She will need a new roof and veranda doors to make it safe for passengers with new seating inside. It is hoped that, subject to finance, the restoration work can be completed within one year. B950885 was originally built in 1950 at Faverdale, Darlington. Built under Lot number 2137 to diagram 1/506, unfitted batch numbers 950866 – 951115 making a total of 250 at an original cost of £732 each.
The North Dorset Railway Trust (NDRT) is a registered charity formed in 2000 with a 99-year lease on Shillingstone Station, formerly part of the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway, which closed in March 1966. The Trust aims to reinstate the Station as an operational heritage railway. It has restored the fabric of the Station, undertaken restoration work on buildings and rolling stock, and offers a visitor’s and tourist attraction with its Museum, Signal Box, Café and shop. There are a number of current restoration works as well as track-laying being undertaken by some of the Trust’s thirty six regular volunteers. The NDRT is managed by an executive committee of nine Trustees, each responsible for a sub-committee, and has seven officials, including an Operations Manager, responsible for other aspects of the Trust’s work. The Trust has about 500 members and publishes a biannual magazine, Platform, which is free to members.
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