THE Bluebell Railway has been awarded £1.1 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Accessible Steam Heritage (ASH) project.
The scheme involves substantial repairs to the Sheffield Park running shed, which will be partly converted and also extended at the side to create a new exhibition hall.
This public space will feature a new exhibition of how steam engines work, plus footplate access by both pedestrians and wheelchair users to engines on static display.
Visitors will also be able to take part in a footplate driving experience based
on a mock-up of LBSCR ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0T
No. 55 Stepney, alongside the original engine which was built in 1875.
Furthermore, the project will create more space in the running shed for routine locomotive maintenance, and a new maintenance facility over the washout pit and adjacent siding in the locomotive yard, improving the line’s ability to maintain its fleet while also providing a better working environment for volunteers.
Read more in Issue 224 of Heritage Railway – out now!