PICTURE shows colourful loco line-up at Aviemore Shed.
WHY EXTEND THE RAILWAY TO GRANTOWN?
• The Railway would be extended by 3 miles giving passengers a 27 mile round trip where time can be spent at destinations at either end of the line.
• The Railway would bring commercial benefits and further employment opportunities to businesses in Grantown-on-Spey.
• The extension would generate further employment on the railway and help maintain railway heritage skills in the Highlands.
• The Railway would generate further revenue to finance its own operations as well as create further commercial opportunities around its services.
• The Railway would bring another “sustainable” transport option to the Cairngorms National Park.
• The Railway already provides fine views of the Cairngorms, the River Spey and diverse Highland wildlife habitats. The Grantown extension would add another wonderful scenic dimension to the trip.
• The Railway would further enhance its role as Scotland’s premier Heritage Railway.
• The Grantown station site will afford opportunities to provide visitor interpretation and possibly a railway museum.
• Both Grantown-on-Spey Community Council and the local Business Association look forward to the day the Railway returns.
• A well-attended public meeting held in on 9th November 2009 demonstrated full support from the resident and business communities in Grantown-on-Spey.
1. Land Purchase
While the former trackbed was purchased from British Railways, some land still has to be acquired from three landowners through lease or purchase. No objections (in principle) have been raised by the landowners affected. Negotiations will continue with each landowner until terms for sale or lease are concluded.
2. Bridging the River Dulnain
Track has already been laid from Broomhill to the south-western abutments of the former bridge over the River Dulnain. A bridge structure, to cross the river, has kindly been donated by Network Rail and is stored at Boat of Garten station.
3. The Road/Rail Tunnel at Gaich near Grantown
The project enjoys broad political support from local and regional MSPs. “Transport Scotland” has set out its requirements for the proposed works which would involve the provision of a railway tunnel under the A95. The works are dependent on the Trust raising a contribution to the costs within an acceptable timescale.
4. The Track and Bridges
The majority of the track materials are already stored, ready for use. The track bed over Muckrach Estate is good but works such as fencing, new farm tracks, crossings and a stock underpass will be required. Track-laying between the A95 and the Station site at Grantown will require embankment re-instatement and preparatory work.
The stone bridges at Gaich and Glenbeg are in good condition but will require some maintenance. Trackside ditches and fences will require attention..
5. A New “Grantown West” Railway Station
The development of a new Station complex on the site of the former Grantown West Station will be phased but its scale will depend on the availability of adequate funds. It is hoped to provide a railway museum and educational facility here.
Until the TAWS Order is granted by the Scottish Government, initial expenditure will relate to planning and preparations for the project.
Target A (2010) – Planning and preparations - £182,000
• Paying for bridge structure transport from Motherwell to SRC
• Cleaning/painting/preparation of bridge prior to installation
• Professional fee fund for TAWS application and engineering works
Target B (2011) – Muckrach Estate - £75,000
• Land acquisition
• Accomodation Works for farm either side of line
Target C (2012) – Raising Gaich tunnel contribution - £1,250,000
• Potential Scottish Government requirement for financial contribution to capital cost of tunnel under A95 roadway.
Target D (2012-2013) – River Dulnain bridge installation - £230,000
Target E (2013-2014) – Track, embankments, drainage, fencing - £1,500,000
Target F (2014) – New Grantown Station and other land purchase - £858,000
• Construction of station buildings, platform, sidings, roads, car park and services
HELP US GET “RAILS TO GRANTOWN”
The Strathspey Railway Charitable Trust will welcome any contribution, no matter how small.
There will be various ways ways in which you will be able to help us:-
While all donations and any “support in kind” will be most welcome, the Trust plans to have a scheme of recognition for different kinds of support.
The intention is to make sure that all donations are acknowledged and recognised in a way which is appropriate to the scale of help given
A project prospectus and information leaflet are now available. These include information on how to support the project and a "tear-out" Appeal form, in the prospectus, for completion and return to the Trust.