Updates on rebuilding of the Canterbury & District Model Engineering Society Track will appear here
We are very grateful to all local residents, Model Engineering Societies around the country, local businesses and other interested parties for the fantastic and overwelming support we have recieved since our track was damaged !
Monday, 27 March 2017
Message from Canterbury & District Model Engineering Society Chairman Paul Kemp:-
Update 28th March 2017
Having just received the very timely payment from the Just
Giving Crowd Funding page courtesy of Chris Holloway, CDMES Chairman Paul
Kemp sends the following message:-
Over the last week having taken delivery of the new rail and
with all other preparations complete, laying the replacement track has
commenced and is progressing well. There is still much to be done but if
the weather holds and we can continue at the current rate we will be well on
target to be back up and running in May. Whilst the rapid progress with
the physical work has been down to a dedicated band of members it has only been
made possible by the generosity and support of the local and wider community,
other model engineering and model railway groups, individuals, Brett's and of
course Chris Holloway who initiated the just giving page that became a focal
point for donations from some incredible people and generated over £1,700.
We are extremely grateful to all who have shown support and made
contributions towards the repairs. The insurance claim has now been
agreed but as yet has not been settled so the funds from the just giving appeal
will be crucial in ensuring repairs can continue. Words of thanks on a web site
or printed page seem a rather small thing in acknowledging the incredible
generosity and support we have received. Therefore based on the progress
we have made so far we are provisionally planning an official re-opening of the
line for Saturday 27th May where all can attend and see the new track, ride the
trains and hopefully be entertained by some other attractions but generally to
come and have a good family day out and allow us to thank you properly.
At present it is too soon to cast that date in stone but that is what we
are working towards as a target and in the coming weeks, hopefully before
Easter we will be able to confirm it as definite date. So very many
thanks to all who have supported us through this unexpected incident and we
hope we can thank you properly in the way we know best on 27th of May.