South Devon Railway representatives sat down with Central Devon MP and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mel Stride recently to brief him on exciting plans for a share offering. Trustee Alan Taylor and Company Secretary Vernon Coon outlined how the heritage railway at Buckfastleigh will soon launch the offering to help fund a number of projects to secure the future of the award-winning tourist attraction. Mr Stride has visited the railway on a number of occasions to support various initiatives and discuss potential funding opportunities.
“With sufficient funds we hope to invest in solar panels to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our electricity bills, improve our visitor facilities including our car park, and restore two historic locomotives.”
Mr Stride added:
“The share plans appear very well thought out and a good way for the railway to invest in its future while considering its environmental impact. I have very fond memories of taking my children on the train when they were younger – it is a fantastic day out and I hope the share offering safeguards the future of the railway.”
The multi-award winning South Devon Railway is one of Devon's and the West Country's best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west, celebrating over 50 years in preservation. It is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. It runs steam trains with heritage rolling stock and offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and people of all ages.