A new coal mining memorial park, served by the Elsecar Heritage Railway, is set to become a reality thanks to Lottery funding.
The railway group won a bid for £50,000 cash from the People’s Millions Big Lottery Fund that will pay for a new station at Cortonwood, along with a picnic site and park to commemorate its mining past.
Michael Dugher, the MP for Barnsley East and recently appointed patron of Elsecar Heritage Railway, has welcomed the funding.
The MP visited the railway recently and met with the Chairman, William Tilling and members of the heritage railway including Harry Stenton and David Pannett, to discuss the plans to extend to Cortonwood.
Mr Dugher is currently trying to arrange for the railway’s Monster Mash Beer to appear on the Houses of Parliament’s guest ale list.
He said: “I am proud to be appointed as patron. As someone whose family is steeped in both the railways and coal mining in South Yorkshire, it is fantastic. This is an absolutely vital part of us recognising our proud industrial heritage. This vital funding will help further develop Elsecar Heritage Railway and turn it into one of the best tourist destinations around.
“The hard work of all the volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to running Elsecar Heritage Railway should be commended. Without them it would no longer be operational.”