The project named ‘Broadway: The Last Mile’ was launched April last year by the railway's president and TV star Pete Waterman.
The public appeal set out to raise £1.25m to fund the railway's extension to Broadway Station and in just twelve months the scheme has hit its target, much to the delight of members and volunteers at GlosWarks Railway.
Chris Bristow, volunteer finance director of GWSR Plc said the progress had been “astounding”.
“This is quite unprecedented generosity from people who have clearly taken this share offer very much to their hearts,” he said.
After the remarkable success of the funding project, Mr Bristow is confident that the brand new Broadway station, built on the site of the former building, will be ready for opening by March 2018. The line currently runs between Cheltenham and Laverton but has long planned to extend to Broadway in Worcestershire.
With money raised so far, the dedicated team of volunteers at the railway have managed to repair the original trackbed, install new drainage systems and bought brand new rail from British Steel. After dropping thousands of tons of ballast, the line has now extended from Laverton to within sight of Broadway Station.
Last year the railway hit a significant milestone when it carried over 100,000 passengers for the first time. The railway expects passenger numbers to rise even more once trains eventually reach Broadway.
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