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Closed 20/06/2021

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£562
raised of £1,500 target by 35 supporters

    Weʼve raised £562 to help the Fancott Miniature Railway complete the track modifications and to build a Ticket office for the 2021 season

    Funded on Sunday, 20th June 2021

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    Hi just to let you know that the Fancott Miniature Railway is still up and running but currently in hibernation for the winter. Due to the Covid-19 virus the FMR had limited running during 2020 which has resulted in a significant reduction in revenue. Like everybody running a business, charity, society etc. bills still have to be paid and maintenance still needs to take place so the railway's funds will be further diminished.

    We ran Halloween trains to give us additional income and the planned Santa Specials would have added further funds, but this was not to be as Luton/Bedfordshire imposed Covid-19 restrictions and for the safety of passengers we cancelled the event.

    For 2021 we have been advised that the Fancott Pub will be reopening in May, assuming restrictions will be lifted, so our normal opening on Mothers Day has been pushed back. Then there is also work to be carried out by the members before the railway can open to the public, restrictions permitting.

    Late last year we purchased ballast, sleepers, rail fittings etc to allow the realignment of the track from the tunnel to the bottom loop point, believing this expenditure would be funded by the Santa Specials, as mentioned these were cancelled, resulting in our funds being further reduced. The realignment will allow our engines, especially our steam engine, Davanna, a straight run up the hill, where previously engines have had to slow for the bend. We know how much people have missed seeing the steam engine running and it will be fantastic to have it pulling passenger trains again.

    We are also planning on building a Ticket Office/booth at the platform entrance to the station to give shelter from the weather for our train staff and also provide social distancing for our customers.

    In order to keep the FMR up and running we are asking if you can spare us a few pounds or the price of your summer train fares? Every pound will help us keep the FMR up and running and in tip top condition for our passengers and supporters. We realise that things are very difficult in the current situation but we are trying to keep the FMR open for the better times to come.

    Look forward to seeing you soon!!!

    Stay safe

    Fancott Miniature Railway

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    • Robert Winskell5 months ago
      Robert Winskell

      Robert Winskell

      5 months ago

      Thank you all for your donations to date, the money raised will refund us for what we have spent in getting the railway prepared for when it opened at the beginning of May. We have been open for passengers when the weather allowed with only the weekend of 15th and 16th of May being a complete washout. The ticket office is now complete and we have lots of new signage around the Railway thanks to one of our members, who also repainted the tunnel entrances, giving them an authentic stone look. We are still fund raising so every little counts.

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    • Robert Winskell7 months ago
      Robert Winskell

      Robert Winskell

      7 months ago

      Hi All - your donations are still rolling in and we have passed the £400 mark and are on our way to being a third of the way towards our goal. The page has been running about a month now and donations are coming in in a steady stream. Obviously we would love to reach our £1500 target as that would allow us to complete some of the projects we have in the pipeline and also prepare the railway for opening in May. Thanks again - The FMR Team.

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    • Robert Winskell8 months ago
      Robert Winskell

      Robert Winskell

      8 months ago

      Thank you all for your donations they are very much appreciated and the money will allow us to keep the railway up and running and fund projects to improve the passenger experience. We have a major expense this month with the railways insurance coming up for renewal but hopefully with everybodies continued support through donations we will still be able to carry on until we can resume running passenger trains in late May. Thanks again FMR

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    Supporters

    35

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 25, 2021

    • Sue Whybrow

      Sue Whybrow

      Apr 25, 2021

      Glad to support the Railway.

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 24, 2021

      Can’t wait to visit again as soon as you’re open with our kids.

      £10.00

    • Dianne & Noel

      Dianne & Noel

      Apr 22, 2021

      Keep up the good work 🚂

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 22, 2021

      £30.00

    • albot

      albot

      Apr 5, 2021

      For putting up with Marisol & Stevie you deserve it... I hope to visit one day.

      £30.00

    • Susie

      Susie

      Apr 5, 2021

      My boys have loved this place for 15 years - can't wait to return!

      £10.00

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