Grant awarded to historic Vale train museum

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A PROJECT which will see work carried out on an historically significant building in Quainton is the recipient of a landmark grant from the Aylesbury Vale District Council’s Community Chest fund.

At its latest meeting, the Community Chest grants panel awarded the 100th project grant to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, which has one of the largest collections of locomotives, vehicles and railway memorabilia in the UK.

The Quainton Railway Society, which owns and runs the centre, applied for a grant of £3,796 towards remedial work on the main museum building. The organisation is seeking funding to weatherproof the building by repointing walls, renewing defective guttering and sealing minor leaks to the roof.

Although not listed, the building is of considerable historic significance as it was used as an emergency food and bedding store during the Second World War. It now houses artefacts and memorabilia from the earliest age of steam power through to diesel locomotion.