Enthusiasts of the Leighton Buzzard Railway are making a final appeal to complete fundraising for their museum project.
A good response to the March 2015 Museum Gateway Double Your Money Appeal led to a railway benefactor match funding donations up to a maximum of £50,000.
The railway, based at Page’s Park, now has has more than £220,000 of the £300,000 required to be build the new station at Pages Park, enough to build the structure. And full planning approval has been received for the building.
The match funding offer means the final £80,000 needed to complete the interior fitting out and exterior detailing could potentially be reduced to £40,000
Launching the appeal, chairman Terry Bendall said: “Many members and supporters of the railway have already dug deep into their pockets to get to where we are today. For that support, the railway and I are truly grateful. While some may be able to dig even deeper, we hope that this success may encourage others to follow their lead now that the finishing line is in sight and the dream is at long last turning into a reality.”
He added: “£40,000 is a very significant sum for a relatively small railway such as ours. While the lion’s share of what has been raised so far has come from member’s own pockets, we shall be intensifying efforts to seek support from the local community, including local businesses who may be able to reduce the project cost by providing goods and services instead of hard cash.
“Do you know a business who might like to support us in some way? With your help and support, our new station could be welcoming passengers next year. Please help us make the most of the next three months.” For further information visit http://www.buzzrail.co.uk