Ben Alder Project
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Looking back at last years news has been a sobering experience, the events that we has hoped would promote our project never happened. The plans made in late 2019 have all but been scrapped, but new paths have been made available and opportunities have been taken. This year we are being cautious with our planning, but we have some positives to look forward to; first is our Wheel appeal. After just over 3 months we are about 50% funded, this has been done at a time when money has been tight for most people; with the double effect of Covid and Christmas. We are hoping if the funds continue to arrive then we can start looking to get confirmed quotes, and maybe place the order this spring.
We have also come up with a plan regarding the troublesome bogie frames, the joggle has been the stumbling block for most of 2020. After a discussion the engineering team are now planning to complete the whole Bogie drawings, so that we can have the whole design signed off at the same time This allows the funding team to work on the wheels, before restarting the bogie fund; all funds currently received for the Bogie has been placed in a secure account for when we reactivate the appeal.
Our chairman has been in contact with the Fife Heritage Railway, and is currently in negotiation with them to secure space for a storage container. This will then become our store for components, and a base from where we can start publicising the project; as well making an effort to promote the education side of our charity. The container will mainly be used for keeping the major items, as we acquire them, then a plan will develop to start the construction of small sub-assemblies. Please keep following us here for updates or via Facebook, if you want the news first then please sign up as a supporter.
Ben Alder team.