Sunday, 20 May 2007
aln valley approaches starting gate ...
The Aln Valley Railway ran from Alnmouth to Alnwick in Northumberland and was closed in 1966. It has long been the subject of a preservation scheme with elements of tourist and 'real' traffic in its plans.
A recent study costing £30,000 has found that operating costs would be covered by just 10,000 passengers a year, easily achievable in an area where there are few other heritage railways but many tourists!
Veering onto Rail Revival territory, the scheme includes an ultra-light rail link into the heart of the town from Alnwick station.
Rolling stock already owned by the society includes 2 locos and 2 coaches. All being well tracklaying should commence in about 6 months time.