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raised of £1,500 target by 6 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,500 to help the Fancott Miniature Railway complete the track modifications and to build a Ticket office for the 2021 season

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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 days ago
    Robert Winskell

    Robert Winskell

    5 days ago

    We have reached our first £100 pounds, thanks to all who have donated, please keep the pounds rolling in so we can hit our target.

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Page last updated on: 2/25/2021 14.04



  • Chris Twelvetree

    Chris Twelvetree

    Feb 25, 2021

    We will come for a ride in the summer


  • Steve Beggs

    Steve Beggs

    Feb 23, 2021

    Would love to support you guys


  • Paul Williams

    Paul Williams

    Feb 23, 2021

    Love this places


  • Paul


    Feb 22, 2021

    Good luck


  • Mary Green

    Mary Green

    Feb 20, 2021

    Good luck with the fundraiser, it’s a fantastic little place and my grandchildren love it. Thank you


  • Paul Rundle

    Paul Rundle

    Feb 20, 2021

    Great cause, good luck raising the money.


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