Class 108 DMU Milestone

DMU ThermometerWe have reached a significant milestone in our Rolling Stock Fund Appeal.

With the help of Wyre Council, society members and friends, together with Lancashire County Council (c/o Councillor Jim Lawrenson), we have now passed the £15,000 mark.

This enables us to purchase the Class 108 DMU and means that we are more than half way to completing the appeal.

Considering that we only started the appeal in November 2015 we have done very well.

Transport and Refurbishment

We’re not quite there yet though. Now we need £10,000 for the refurbishment costs and £3,000 to cover the diesel’s transport to Fleetwood.

Thank you to everyone for your continued generosity.

Latest Update

We are now on £16,300 meaning we have a good part of our refurbishment costs, but continue to rely on members and friends to carry on donating to enable us to bring a rail service back to the PWR.

Rolling Stock Fund Appeal

The Poulton and Wyre Railway Society (PWRS) is launching its Rolling Stock Fund and invites anyone interested to make a donation towards the purchase of suitable rolling stock for use on the Poulton to Fleetwood railway.

We have bought a class 108 DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) to operate the first services between Thornton and Burn Naze. There are no run round loops, making a DMU the perfect choice. Once we extend services to Fleetwood and Poulton the vehicle would be ideal for our proposed peak hour community service.

The unit is currently based at the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley and is in very good condition. It does however require a light overhaul including some bodywork repairs and a full repaint.

Wyre Borough Council awarded the Society £5000 through its “Shaping Your Neighbourhood Funding” scheme to be used towards the acquisition of suitable rolling stock for the operation of a heritage railway service. It is a condition of the award that the Society must match the amount of the award, and have purchased the rolling stock by 31st March 2016.

With sufficient funds to match the amount awarded by Wyre Borough Council, the PWRS identified the heritage Class 108 Diesel Multiple Unit (built circa late 1950’s) as being the ideal type of rolling stock for our initial train service.

We need your help to pay for overhaul and transport costs which will be in the region of £18000. Please give as much as you can to ensure the Society can bring this DMU to North Fylde in the very near future.

If you would like to donate towards the overhaul, please complete the form below.

Eddie Fisher, President

Rolling Stock Fund (Donation Form)

 

 

Header photo of Class 108 DMU in original livery by Geof Sheppard (Own work). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

175 Anniversary and Dinner

15th July 1840 marked the opening of the Preston & Wyre Dock Railway. 175 years later a lot has changed but the railway is still here and the Poulton & Wyre Railway Society is working to reopen the line.

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On the 15th of July 2015 members of the society, together with trustees and members of the respective councils, took part in a celebratory meal and trolly push to the furtherest reaches of the current Network Rail owned trackbed.

The trolly push ended with a celebration at the most northern part of the line connected to the National Network still, however in the evening the North Euston hotel was the venue for a celebration meal along with guests from the Windmill Players who were dressed as Sir Peter Hesketh.

In commemoration of the event there is a limited edition of plaques.

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The Plaque costs £10 if you cannot pick it up we can post it to you at a cost of £3 .
This is a limited addition and there will be no more than 175 produced.
Interested please ring Glenys on 01253 863630  or e-mail to peter.williams@pwrs.org

 

 

Farmer Parrs helps the Railway

The Railway has been helped dramatically with the help of Farmer Parrs near Fleetwood.

As part of our plan to reopen the railway to Fleetwood we need to resurface the platforms at Thornton and Burn Naze Station and with the help of Farmer Parrs this has begun.

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Starting with Thornton Station we have taken delivery of 20 tons of road chippings. These have been crushed on to the down platform just beyond the shelter donated by Glasdons.

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With this donation we have now nearly reached the stage of having the first section of the platform at Thornton ready for when services start running again.

In the near future we intend to carry out similar work at Burn Naze using the same method.

We would like to thank Farmer Parrs for their help.

Announcing our Sleeper appeal!

Reopening a railway line is a difficult project, the main ingredient being rail and sleepers.
Much of the line is usable however, we do need to replace a number of wooden sleepers and with this in mind the Society is launching its “Sponsor a sleeper to Fleetwood appeal”
We have a permanent way team in place and are now asking everyone to help by Sponsoring a sleeper.

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Four area’s require work and are shown on the accompanying map.
Thornton Station – 60
Hillylaid – 125
Burn Naze Loop – 25
Cala Gran – Jameson Rd – 150

The line beyond Jameson Rd Bridge requires completely rebuilding and will be the subject of a future appeal. This appeal will however ensure that the line reaches Fleetwood at the earliest opportunity and that we have a presence in the town (albeit the outskirts) from day one.

We are in the process of obtaining a lease on the railway and the funds raised by this appeal will be used to purchase new sleepers as and when required

Click the link below to download our form and sponsor a sleeper today!