Our Railway Heritage (Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway Historic Vehicles Trust)
Our Railway Heritage
For over fifty years a small band of enthusiasts have cared for the collection of ex WDLR vehicles. This is their campaign to gather support for our £43,000 bid to get lottery funding for a carriage restoration, with disabled access.
This is a project of the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway Historic Vehicles Trust ( LCLRHVT).
Our project is to return to use an unrestored Class D chassis into a carriage specifically adapted for wheel chair users to be able to get on board and enjoy the travel experience. This will also help families with prams and push chairs to ride on the train. The work will be designed and supervised by members of the LCLRHVT, some done by specialist local contractors. Once operational, the coach will be used on trains manned by local voluntary members of the LCLRHVT.
We would spend the money restoring a carriage which was used on the Nocton Estates Railway near Lincoln and was saved by the railway when that system closed.
The vehicle was used as the chassis for ‘the tub’, the open coach used from 1960 -1985, but is now in a very poor state. It is complete but requires some major rebuilding along with the re-fitting of air brakes to make it suitable for passenger use.
It is therefore ideal to be able to incorporate access for wheelchair users during the rebuild work. In addition to seating for passengers, there will be an especially dedicated space for wheelchair users. When not being used for this purpose it will be an ideal area for push chairs or for children to stand safely to watch outside.
We will also need to modify our platform area to make using an access ramp straightforward and safe for everyone.
The vehicle will run at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway ( LCLR) at the Skegness Water Leisure Park, and the platform at Lakeview will be adapted for better wheelchair access.
Our project will be promoted during a slot on ITV Calendar, to be broadcast on Tuesday 25th November, at 6.00 – 6.30 p.m.
We will post a copy of the transmission on You Tube as soon as possible after broadcast. Check our website for the link on the day. The voting number closes at one minute to midnight on the day, so we only have 15 hours to vote.
If we get more votes than our competitor project on the day, or we are the runner up with the highest number of votes over the three days, we will be offered the fund for our project.
Please help us get our message to the maximum number of railway enthusiasts and other supporters out there. Once the phone number is known on the day, we would like you to e-mail, message, tweet, or use other social media to garner support, and encourage others to vote. We hope you will not forget to vote either !
Every vote counts, please add yours on the day.
If we succeed.
If we win the funding it will allow us to use local contractors to rebuild the chassis into a passenger carrying carriage, although it will look like an authentic WDLR vehicle, with the addition of a removable safety rail. Once the platform and access is modified we will have full disabled access for all users of the railway.
We expect the work to take 6 – 8 months to complete, during 2015.
The carriage should then be good for another fifty years service on the LCLR.