The latest figure for the appeal is approx. £245,000. This is still £5,000 short of our aim of half way by the end of November so you have to be quick if you want to help us meet this magnificent goal!
Now we are working on ways to attract more investors - there will be flyers on the Santa trains and the train teams will be offering the brochure to anyone who is interested as a last minute present for 'the man (or woman) who has everything'.
I took a railway stand to the NEC last weekend along with Dave Staniforth and John Mayell to attend what is probably the largest model railway exhibition of the year - the organisers had around 12,000 people through the door on Saturday alone. We had a lot of interest shown and by the end of the day were losing our voices from non-stop talking. Sunday was a little quieter and we were actually able to take some time to see the exhibits. For those who like red engines, the new-build Patriot was on display - yes the real thing not a model. Of course we handed out hundreds of the new 2014 timetables and many share brochures so hopefully we will see a good return from this effort. My thanks go to Dave and John for their much welcomed support.
I must also record the fact that the report in 'Heritage Railway' suggesting the amount raised was nearing £300k is over optimistic. Robin very generously extrapolated a month old figure but unfortunately the response to such appeals doesn't follow a straight line basis!