Established in 2008, the Aberdeen based charity operates a Heritage Centre which celebrates Aberdeen’s Railway culture through the years.
Members and volunteers of all ages and walks of life come together and enjoy participating in a variety of restoration projects. One of the objectives is to pass on heritage skills which are in danger of being lost. These include the restoration of the Ransomes and Rapier 1906 Turntable which is nearing completion, restoring Victorian railway carriages and more recent, locomotives and a crane. This is in addition to the variety of mechanical engineering, woodwork and building skills members learn throughout the projects.
Dr Jon Tyler, Chairman of the Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust said “Thanks to The Barrack Charitable Trust we are able to embark on a programme of urgent repairs to the roof of our 1850 Engine Shed.
“We will use the funds as leverage to allow applications to be made for further grants from a variety of sources.”
“Sponsors are also being actively sought for many other aspects of the project. The Trust has recently joined the Scottish Men’s Shed Association through which we aim to widen our range of participants.”
Chairman of The Barrack Charitable Trust, James Barrack comments: “The Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust encompasses many of the ‘purposes’ in which The Barrack Charitable Trust was established for.
“FRHT encourages community development including urban regeneration and the provision of recreational facilities. The combination of these projects mixed with the educational developments for members makes the charity unique here in the North East.
The heritage trust allows members to learn more before heading into the working world and offers others the chance to stay socially integrated.”
The FHRT aims to establish a working museum and centre for education showing the rich industrial past of Aberdeen.
To find out more about The Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust visit http://www.frht.org.uk/index.html.
For more information on The Barrack Charitable Trust visit http://thebarrackcharitabletrust.co.uk.