Railway society given cash for new carriage

ASHINGTON’S Woodhorn Narrow Gauge Railway Society is celebrating after landing a grant of £5,000.

The money, from Northumberland County Council’s community chest, will help cover the cost of making a carriage specially adapted for wheelchair users.

The carriages currently used on the line are all converted mine cars formerly used below ground at north east pits and can’t accommodate visitors of limited mobility.

Work is already under way on infrastructure for the new carriage, including a new siding.

A new set of points has also been installed, and it is hoped the new carriage will be in use by next summer.

Society treasurer Ken Winship said: “Now we can move forward to complete a task which was set by members many years ago.”