Group hit target
- and more
GROUP of church members, under the name of Friends of Nantwich Signal
Box, launched an appeal to raise £5,000 to enable them to buy the items
to make a new
coach for the train which would be able to carry a wheelchair.
carriage, which can be adapted to be an ordinary carriage, is now used
on the train.
The group raised more funds than they needed for the carriage and the excess was shared between:
Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuations;
Maintenace of the railway track and rolling stock;
construction of a replica signal box (the work on which has begun in the area
where there will be an extension of the track to
around double its current length); and
Methodist Church funds.
The "station's" name on a safety barrier. "Drop 'n' Shop" is the monthly Saturday morning facility for parents to leave their children in good
hands while they go shopping.
Getting steam up . . . the
train is all set for customers to take a ride.
The wheelchair coach is the
blue-sided one behind the engine. In this image the centre
section, which is removed to enable a passenger's
wheelchair to be carried, remains in place, giving extra
Note the narrow gap
between the high wall and one of the entrance doors to the
church. For that reason, a guard rides on the train keeping
an eye on the passengers preventing anyone coming into
contact with the bricks.
Paul Durant who provided the trains,
and Richard Calder who did
the autocad computer drawings
for the wheelchair coach and helped with the brakes and
Images in this feature are by
The wheelchair coach in the
storage shed before it is attached to the train.
Passengers who use a
wheelchair will propel their own on to the carriage.