Beloved Cambs heritage railway at risk of closing as it faces rising costs

Nene Valley Railway is fundraising to stay open
Nene Valley Railway is fundraising to stay open -Credit:Nene Valley Railway

A heritage railway in Cambridgeshire could be forced to close after facing 'immense strain' on its finances. The Nene Valley Railway (NVR) needs to raise £300,000 to keep going.

An NVR spokesperson said the railway urgently requires financial support as operating costs have risen sharply. The number of passengers has also been 'subdued' since the Covid-19 pandemic.

NVR has been running for more than 40 years as a museum and visitor attraction and describes itself as "the UK's leading international steam attraction". It offers visitors the chance of riding a steam engine and learning about the history of the railway.

"Nene Valley Railway is more than just a railway attraction; it's a community of volunteers, a legacy, and a symbol of our industrial heritage", said Michael Purcell, NVR Chairman. "We are calling upon all those who cherish the heritage and charm of Nene Valley Railway to join us in this crucial effort. Your contributions will not only help us weather the current storm but will ensure that the railway can continue to inspire and delight our visitors and volunteers for years to come."

The railway could close without immediate financial support. It aims to raise £300,000 to keep going, carry out essential repairs, and work on infrastructure upgrades and restoration projects.

You can find out more about the fundraising project on GoFundMe.

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