William Murdoch January 2017 - Boiler Inspection, Refurbishment and Certification

Boiler ready for refurbishment.

The boiler had been removed from the frame and is now in the car park. Scott Yeo had agreed to burn out the tubes so that they could be replaced.

Mike Gorringe of GWR Preservation Group will be visiting the Railway soon to view progress.

The cab and saddle tank are presently at Blast Clean and Coatings, Longdowns, for painting.

It is expected that William Murdoch would return to service at Easter 2017.

A local heritage railway will be assisting us prepare operating procedures for William Murdoch.

Helston Council Grants the Railway £750 for "Steam Comes to Helston"

Following our application for a grant for £1,500 towards the cost of the "Steam Comes to Helston" project and the Town Council meeting on 15 September where we made a short presentation, the Deputy Town Clerk has called to inform us that we have been granted £750.  

Considering there is only £4,000 being allocated in this round of funding - and that there were 7 applications for grants, being allocated this amount is excellent news and reflects the high regard the Councillors have for our project.

Key elements in their decision were - 

  • The incremental economic benefit that will come to the town as a result of the arrival of a steam engine.
  • The Council recognise that their financial support of the Railway will help with our application for funding from other sources such as the Heritage Lottery who look for an endorsement from the local community.

Formal notification of the decision will be received in writing shortly.

Grant application to Helston Town Council

Town Council Meeting is 15th September.  There are 7 Grant Applications for the Council to consider - see attached - click here

5 September 2016 - we have applied to Helston Town Council for a grant to help cover some of the initial costs of having William Murdoch at the Railway.  We have asked for £1,500.  The Council have an annual grant budget of about £8,000 - our grant application, if accepted, may be adjusted depending on the number of applications received.

Applications will be discussed at the full Town Council meeting on 15 September at 7.15 pm.  This is an open meeting and "Grant applicants are encouraged to attend the Helston Town Council meeting to verbally support the grant application".

Decision will be announced in October.