Alnwick Probus Club, July meeting

The July speaker at Alnwick Probus Club was Roger Jermy from the Aln Valley Railway Trust.

From the start of his talk his enthusiasm for the project was contagious.

Roger said the team had started formulating ideas in the late 70s for a steam railway in Alnwick.

It took until February 2012 when the momentous event of permission to go ahead was given in a ceremony and the Aln Valley Railway Trust was officially formed.

During those 35 years,’ work went on behind the scenes to secure permission to go ahead as well as the many public inquiries.

Roger gave praise to many local contractors who have given time and equipment to the project.

We were shown historic slides of the site at the railway as the work progressed over the years.

It lies just off the A1 at Lionheart. So far, the site has engine sheds with workshops, an education centre, museum and a model railway building nearing completion.

The project has a further six-year plan with the culmination of construction of a platform at the side of Alnmouth railway station.

It was truly fascinating to listen to a person with so much in- depth knowledge on the project, especially when the presentation was done without notes for over one hour.

This is a must see project for our town, please do visit the site in person or visit the web site, www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Roger explained that many events are planned for the summer so why not come along and see for yourself

A vote of thanks was given by Chris Frater on behalf of Probus.

Anyone interested in joining Probus can contact bland.thropton@tiscali.co.uk or on 01669 620572.