Full steam ahead for Grimsby and Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society thanks to ABP

February 26, 2016

Track improvement works at a local heritage site have been helped along with a donation from Associated British Ports (ABP), which recently agreed to put forward funding of £5,000 to the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society (GCMES).

At present, the GCMES’ miniature railway at Waltham Windmill is made up of 857 metres of track including sidings however, the planned extension will increase the length of the track by a further 290 metres which will see the journey take visitors through trees and into the last remaining undeveloped part of the site.

Barry Green, Chairman of the society’s track extension sub-committee said: “We are hugely indebted to ABP who were the first to respond to our appeals for financial help. Their generous donation will be put to extremely good use in helping to expedite our plans.”

In order to keep to their existing plans, the GCMES are yet to construct the most expensive section of the project, a 70-metre steel and concrete viaduct which will cost over £17,000 for the steel alone.

Matthew Parris, Rail Operations and Infrastructure Manager, Humber, said: “The port estate supports multimodal transport including vessels, hauliers and trains so when the opportunity came up to financially assist the GCMES with their improvement works, we jumped at the chance to help.

“Waltham Windmill’s miniature railway means a lot to so many people in the local community and it’s great to be able to provide support in any way we can.”

Plans also include the construction of a traditional style canopy over the station area to keep riders protected from the elements whilst they duly await their miniature train journey.

If you think you could help provide further sponsorship or labour to the GCMES, please visit their website for details on how to get in touch: http://www.gcmes.org.uk/