Railway line is on track for £50k funding

Elsecar Steam Railway wants public support to build a coal mining memorial park and museum.
Elsecar Steam Railway wants public support to build a coal mining memorial park and museum.
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A South Yorkshire attraction is going head to head with a community project in Grimsby in a bid to secure £50,000 of funding.

The Elsecar Heritage Railway wants to create a coal mining memorial park and museum at Cortonwood Colliery, where the 1984 Miners’ Strike began.

William Tilling, railway chairman, said: “This is where the year-long strike began and we must never forget this pivotal moment in history.

“We want to record the miner’s story of events for our exhibition sound archive, and remember all of the 180 pits that have closed.

“Cortonwood Park will also provide a grand day out, with picnic lawns, play area, and steam trains to Elsecar and Hemingfield.”

The railway is currently building an extension to Cortonwood – and is now looking for public support to secure funding for the memorial park and museum.

It has been shortlisted in the National Lottery People’s Millions competition, where it will go head-to-head with the project in Grimsby to transform a piece of wasteland into a community garden.

The two projects will be put to the public vote on Monday when the phone numbers to call will be broadcast on Hallam FM and ITV’s Calendar News, with the most popular project securing the funding.

Mr Tilling said: “It comes down to whether South Yorkshire wants this enough to vote for it, so let’s honour our mining heritage and vote for coal in the People’s Poll on Monday.”

The People’s Poll continues on Tuesday, when a plan for a skate park in Hathersage goes up against Bassetlaw Play Forum’s bid to run an awards scheme to encourage children in Worksop to take up new play challenges.