The Nene Valley Railway has launched an urgent appeal to raise £300,000 to keep it running.

The popular heritage railway, which runs for 7.5 miles through the picturesque north Cambridgeshire countryside, has launched the campaign amid tough financial challenges.

With operating costs rising sharply and passenger numbers remaining subdued since the pandemic, Nene Valley Railway urgently requires financial support to sustain its operations and safeguard its future as a cherished heritage attraction and working museum.

The Hunts Post: The money is needed for several projects.The money is needed for several projects. (Image: Nene Valley Railway)

Since its inception, Nene Valley Railway has offered visitors an immersive unique journey through time aboard meticulously restored steam and diesel locomotives.

From families seeking an unforgettable day out to enthusiasts passionate about Britain’s railway heritage, Nene Valley Railway has captivated hearts and minds for more than 40 years.

The Hunts Post: Volunteers help to run the famous railway and museum.Volunteers help to run the famous railway and museum. (Image: Nene Valley Railway)

However, the current economic climate has placed immense strain on the railway's finances. Reduced visitor numbers across the heritage sector combined with mounting running and maintenance costs has left Nene Valley Railway facing unprecedented financial pressure.

Without immediate financial support there is a real risk that this valued local attraction and working museum could face closure, depriving future generations of the opportunity to experience its magic.

In response to this urgent need, Nene Valley Railway is appealing to the generosity of the public, businesses, and grant funders alike.

The £300,000 fundraising target will enable the railway to maintain operations, conduct essential repairs and embark on vital infrastructure upgrades and restoration projects to ensure its long-term viability.

"Nene Valley Railway is more than just a railway attraction; it's a community of volunteers, a legacy, and a symbol of our industrial heritage” said Michael Purcell, chairman of Nene Valley Railway.

The Hunts Post: The railway relies on a community of volunteers.The railway relies on a community of volunteers. (Image: Nene Valley Railway)

“We are calling upon all those who cherish the heritage and charm of Nene Valley Railway to join us in this crucial effort.

“Your contributions will not only help us weather the current storm but will ensure that the railway can continue to inspire and delight our visitors and volunteers for years to come."

Donations to the Nene Valley Railway fundraising campaign can be made securely online through the official website or via this GoFundMe.

The railway is a working museum and is home to the world-famous steam engine ‘Thomas’, who worked at the British Sugar factory in Peterborough before being sold to the society and subsequently named by author Reverend W. Awdry.