Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight steam railway wins development grant

Isle of Wight Steam railway
Image caption The 10-mile railway is a major visitor attraction on the Isle of Wight

A project to preserve and display a historical collection of railway locomotives and carriages has received a £35,000 development grant.

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway Company has been awarded Heritage Lottery funding for its Changing Trains project.

The £1.1m scheme aims to build a rolling stock storage and display building at Havenstreet.

Chairman Steve Oates said: "This is a tremendous boost to us."

The railway now has two years to submit a more detailed bid for the remainder of the funds needed.

Mr Oates said: "Changing Trains will give visitors the opportunity to view historic railway vehicles at close quarters and discover how they were once so much a part of life on the Island."

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